Monthly Archives: August 2014

Mapping My Run (in the Small Carpathians)

A weekday night in a typical Andean hostel; salsa filtering in from a bar across the way; the smell of engine oil and fried guinea pig and crisp wintry mountains wafting in. Incredibly this room has a desk and I’m … Continue reading

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Climbing Košice’s Cathedral

It has been an indecently long time in coming. But finally we are shedding some light on the image that has been synonymous with Englishmaninslovakia from the very beginning: namely the city-centre-scape of Košice, fanning out around the majestic cathedral … Continue reading

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The Corridor of Books

Think a myriad bound copies of Cassanova, stretching into a void which also contains, upon closer examination, an infinite number of most of the other classics, likewise piling up and plummeting down before you on shelves that shear away as … Continue reading

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The Train Station Cafe – Vestiges of Old Glamour?

  Wifi: Non-existent  (regrettably, given the name of the joint) On a visit to Budapest last weekend I was reminded again of just how many glamorouscafes of old there are in the city – Ruszvurm near the castle, for instance, … Continue reading

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The Arboretum Near Nitra

Nitra, I was reading the other day in my steadily-accumulating library of Slovak literature, was the original cradle of Slovak learning. The very first Slovak bishop ruled the roost from ecclesiastical buildings here. And the main attractions of the modern … Continue reading

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Introducing Úl’uv… With Suggestions for Improvement

Úl’uv is Slovakia’s centre for folk art production and, with several strategically-placed outlets in Bratislava, is the obvious first port of call for any visitors to Slovakia who are seeking a souvenir beyond the bog standard tourist tat. There is … Continue reading

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Relaxation…

Relaxation – isn’t it wonderful? The old, fat sun-bronzed man in the very tight swimming trunks comes up to where I’m lounging in the Piešt’any spa – with that sort of belly-flop/breast stroke that only old, fat, sun-bronzed men can … Continue reading

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