If the About section didn’t explain this enough, the reason is twofold: I have spent four years living in and travelling across Slovakia & want to see more quality English-language info out there on how to experience Slovakia.
Is there any more to it than that?
Actually, yes. This blog is, I’ll admit it, kind of like a cathartic diary for me of sorts of everything I’ve done or am doing in Slovakia. A record in blog-posts, if you like. This is good for you, dear reader, because this means it’s not just generic web-researched bullshit you’re reading but genuine recommendations of cool things to do that I have personally experienced. Which, believe it or not, actually already puts this blog above an awful lot of the other Slovakian travel info out there.
So there’s really no one bribing you into writing this blog?
No one. I’m writing what I want to write about Slovakia. Of course, I do want more people to visit this country – because I genuinely believe they’ll be missing out if they don’t. But beyond that there’s no ulterior motive. I’m not going to say something’s good just for the sake of it and if I think something’s shit, I’ll say that too.
Hit me with Slovakia’s USP’s?
1: Mountains – Some of Europe’s least-explored. 2: Forests – Over 40% of Slovakia is forest. 3: Folklore – Slovakia’s preserved it better than nearly everywhere else in Europe. 4: Castles – Welcome to Europe’s mostly densely-castellated nation (well, vying for top place along with the Czech Republic). 5: Unesco Sites – Those gorgeously preserved medieval towns. Those cool caves. Those ancient beech forests… just some of what, for such a diminutive nation, is an incredible depth of Unesco-listed attractions. 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10: Hardly Anyone else is Coming Here – Seriously: not really. 11: If you don’t believe these first ten and think Slovakia really isn’t for you, Vienna’s an hour away, Budapest’s 2.5 hours away and Prague’s only four hours away.
Why haven’t you written Much about Bratislava Castle or Jasná Ski Resort Yet?
Englishmaninslovakia doesn’t really believe these places need any further publicity, so as a rule we prefer to focus on the quirky things you didn’t know about the country, or that you can’t just Google elsewhere. Probably, however, as time goes by they’ll get a few mentions.
How long do I need to see Slovakia?
That’s a very open-ended question. I lived there four years altogether and I’m still discovering just how much I don’t know.
If you’ve only got a day before your train/flight, you can do a fair amount of cool stuff in Bratislava (or Košice, if you’re there).
A week? Add on 3 days in nature (maybe two in the High Tatras and one in Slovensky Raj) plus a couple of days in Košice and the East (give Košice a day then go out to one of the East’s charming medieval towns or incredible nature).
I can’t find what I want on this site?
The site has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible. Coming soon in this very space will be a small guide on How to Use This Site.
No, really, I can’t find what I’m searching for?
OK, so contact me and I’ll try and help. If I can’t, I’ll put you in touch with someone who can. There’s details on how to contact me under the “Contact” section.
Can I contribute to this blog?
Of course, Englishmaninslovakia.com welcomes contributions. Please see our Write for Us section for more.
I want More of Englishmaninslovakia, but you don’t post new content or news every day. How can I get MORE?
Englishmaninslovakia now has a dedicated Facebook Page where you can get more (see the link in the sidebar). I am also on Twitter where as @lukeandhiswords I tweet about all things Slovak as well as on my other travel writing and fiction writing.
Follow me and we can “interact”. Plus there’s always good old-fashioned email. And if you are in Slovakia, do drop me a line. If I’m not busy I’ll show you a good place for a beer. Or slivovica. Or wine. Or coffee, if you think an alcoholic drink might be too much too soon!
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