Slurping a fruity Zlatý Bažant over a plate of šulance (sweet dumplings festooned with poppy seeds and generously dowsed in a buttery, sugary sauce) in a convivial bar in Rača, the area of Bratislava that I had just moved to, one chilly evening late in 2012, a number of things occurred to me.
Firstly: that I was doing a rather strange thing: moving to Slovakia, which was a country that a lot of people have spent much of the last century trying to get out of.
Secondly: that, judging by the incredulous looks I was getting from the other customers around me, those from foreign parts were none too common hereabouts.
Thirdly: that it might be most interesting (to me for sure – and hopefully others) if I was to write an account of my experiences – living in Slovakia, travelling through Slovakia, and on any strange encounters I had along the way.
So welcome to Englishman In Slovakia!!
Stay tuned for regular posts on the best places to go, the best places to eat and drink and the best places to stay AND, also, stories of day-to-day life in this wonderful little country: from Bratislava’s bars to the Tatras’ amazing hikes to the fantastic castles everywhere. All things Slovak, in short. Na zdravie! (cheers!)
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