Monthly Archives: October 2014

Gulaš Karma: Furmanská Krčma Shows What Slovakia Does Best

There are fancy Italian restaurants. There are up-and-coming microbreweries. Bah. When all is said and done, there is one Slovak eating experience that stands out from all the rest, and that’s a trip to one of the rustic krčmy – … Continue reading

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The Tea Tent in Medicka Záhrada

Wifi: None The first time. It’s important, right? On my first time – with the tea tent in Medicka Záhrada, that is – a bare-footed, bearded man engaged me in an interesting discussion about birdwatching in Slovakia: besides recommending then serving … Continue reading

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Top Ten Best Things About Life in Slovakia

We turn away from tourism, for a minute, on this blog, to focus on life. Life in Slovakia is a topic generally less known about even than tourism here – at least to the foreign/English-speaking world – so this is … Continue reading

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Drinking Like A King: Visiting the Tokaj Wine Cellars of the Far East

Mmm. Culinary adventures. What better way to explore than one which has as its motive the discovery of a food or drink? I don’t just say this for my own palate’s sake. In a country I care about, it is … Continue reading

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The One About the Suspicious Border Guard, the Pretty Girl(s) and the Deer

I always love looking out for depictions of Slovakia on TV and Film – mostly Slovak or Czech ones, admittedly, but the occasional Western European one too. The other week I watched Move On, a gritty European road movie which … Continue reading

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The Stop on the Wine Route No One Knows About

A misty October weekend afternoon; the itch to get out into the hills and away from Bratislava overwhelms. The woods are on the turn. It’s been over a month since I’ve been hiking in them. Part yellow, part orange, part … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Turkish Defence: Hiking Around Gýmeš Castle

The prequel is innocuous enough. A sharp turning in the dozy village of Jelenec, just north-east of Nitra on the E65 (an already forgotten village on a largely forgotten road). The landscape is pretty but not dramatic (dusty farms, low … Continue reading

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