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Canoeing Down the Morava and Danube into Bratislava

Approach is everything. With Bratislava, you have several means at your disposal. By road from Vienna isn’t bad: after all, out of the flat eastern Austrian farmland rears the forested hills of Devínska Kobyla and the otherworldly Communist-era tower blocks … Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s Rest: Marianka

Marianka is the end of the road. I certainly felt that when I traipsed into this pretty village nestled into the forested uplands of the Malé Karpaty the other weekend – having just completed the path through the hills from … Continue reading

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Sitting on a Branch I am Fine

In a desperately poor, shabby and disorganised post-World War Two Czechoslovakia, two soldiers returning home – one Czech (Pepe), one Slovak (Prengel) – meet on the road and decide to travel back together. Hard times call for hard measures, and … Continue reading

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Všetko čo mam rad (Everything that I Want)

I sat watching this in a friend’s flat on dusty Moskovská, in one of those big, old, grey-brown apartment buildings the other side of the Medicka Záhrada, on a late summer evening last year, and felt, perhaps more than with … Continue reading

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On 25 Years Since the End of Communism in Slovakia

I’ve been away a lot recently. AWAY away: not in Slovakia (in Cuba in fact; hence the lack of recent posts). Coming back to Slovakia in December, as Christmas kicks into action across the country in the form of the … Continue reading

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Slovensko 2:0 – Slovakia Through the Eyes of Its Film Directors

To celebrate 20 years of their nation’s independent existence in 2013, ten Slovak film makers were asked to explore this question: “How to explain the notion of Slovakia to visitors from another planet?” And Slovensko 2:0 is the result: ten … Continue reading

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Hlohovec, Beethoven & The Founder of the Slovak Language

As you’ve probably worked out by now, Englishmaninslovakia.com doesn’t focus on well-known Slovakian places so much. We prefer to dig deep to find the truth under the cliches and to this end, on a cold, blustery and crisp day in … Continue reading

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Authentic Slovakia, Bratislava’s Wackiest Tour Agency

Englismaninslovakia.com caught up recently with one half of Authentic Slovakia, owned by two brothers, one of Bratislava’s newest and coolest tour agencies, to find out a little bit more about them and the kind of experiences tourists can have with … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting in Trnava

Yet again, I managed to miss the Days of Open Cellars in Svätý Jur this year. They don’t exactly advertise themselves well. Neither do any of the events taking place on what is known as the Small Carpathians Wine Route … Continue reading

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