It’s been a good year for Englishmaninslovakia.com: we can’t complain. Regularly up there in the week’s top 100 travel blogs, 20,000+ hits, a host of positive feedback and the cementing of all this as a go-to source of in-English travel info on Slovakia with an average of 60-80 daily hits is not bad given we’re focussing exclusively on one of Europe’s smallest, least-known and least-visited countries.
It’s been good enough that – whilst as you read this we’re putting our feet up with a glass of slivovica in a wooden mountain chata in the Carpathians – we’re excited about returning in the Nový Rok (New Year) with a host more insights into this far-Eastern corner of the EU. We aim to ratchet up coverage of Bratislava and other key Slovak cities to give you the truly comprehensive off-beat selection of places to go, stay and eat at your eclectic urban tastes surely deserve but – we’ll admit it – getting you out into Slovakia’s great outdoors with a tantalising array of off-the-beaten-track wild places to visit will be our priority because, as I’ve said before, nature is the true nugget of gold within Slovakia’s rainbow.
So whilst it’s in with the new in 2015 (that is ever the motto with this blog, but it’s all the more relevant at this time of year) it’s certainly not out with the old. Our classic posts you enjoyed so much this year such as the low-down on the Tatranská Magistrala long-distance mountain hike or the Best Slovak Food to Eat are here to stay: with updates, too, should anything change. And there’ll be more new features on the old: the aim is eventually to feature every ancient fortress in this most castellated of nations on the blog – and hikes to them too.
But we’d certainly appreciate your feedback in this ongoing project. Without You I’m Nothing, as a Placebo album once claimed… Anything you would like to see on the site, however bizarre (the more bizarre the better), we’ll happily endeavour to include it… just so long as the underlying theme is Slovak.
But at this classic time for reflection, let’s look back on 2014 on Englishmaninslovakia.com…
Most Controversial Post: No doubt about this one; it’s on the cover-up of the police brutality when dealing with Roma in the east of Slovakia.
Most Popular Post: You, dear readers, chose our post on Bratislava Christmas Market as your favourite to read – almost twice as many people read this as any other post in 2014.
Best Post On Things to Do: That, once again, was on Slovakia’s most famous hike: as clicked on by you.
Best Food and Drink Related Post: Bratislava’s Best Cafes was what did it for you guys.
Most Popular Topic: Bratislava at number one and culture as number two.
Most Hits in One Day: 294
Best Moments: My favourite Slovak radio station Radio FM asking us if we’d feature on their morning show (they declined when I confessed to them my Slovak wasn’t quite up to lengthy conversations – do try back next year guys!). Several members of the Slovak parliament (for good reasons, let’s hope) regularly reading the blog. Making great friends and acquaintences in this process from Michael in New England to Perry in Mexico and Carpathian Adventure right here in the east of Slovakia.
In short, it’s been a pleasure. As has been living here in Slovakia.