Archive for March, 2018

Jubilation Zone

March 27, 2018

Some books sound familiar in terms of how things were back then. Slovak’s author Jozef Banáš Jubilation Zone describes in an engaging way the past twenty years of the communist regime. This very Central and East European book reminds of times when freedom was not taken for granted for many people behind the Iron Curtain. So very true: “You know someone’s past from the way he acts today”, as the motto of the book says.

Fabulous translation in Bulgarian by Fabiola Vicenova and here is an interview with her on how having the book translated started.

Banská Štiavnica

March 19, 2018

Banská Štiavnica is a completely preserved medieval town. Because of its historical value, the town and its surroundings are proclaimed by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. The Calvary Banská Štiavnica on Ostrý vrch is the most important baroque Calvary in Slovakia, which consists of  3 churches and 22 chapels. Walking up there on a snowy day was awesome.

Banská Štiavnica album


March 18, 2018

Čičmany – an amazing folk architecture reserve in Northern Slovakia. It was founded in 1977. The name is derived from a Slovak word čičman – a lumberjack who makes a noise during work. The timbered houses with ridge roofs have very specific white patterns, which contributes immensely to the fairy atmosphere of the mountain village.

Čičmany album

Jánošíkove diery

March 17, 2018

Jánošíkove diery in Malá Fatra (mountain range in Central Slovakia) is a complex of more than 20 canyons, waterfalls and cascades, which in winter turn into ice falls. Nothing compares to a day in nature, especially when winter has not yet gone and spring is just around the corner.

Jánošíkove diery album

Coworking Cvernovka

March 8, 2018

I have a soft spot for coworking spaces (have written numerous times on the Bansko one in Bulgaria), so today – International Women’s Day – I visited Coworking Cvernovka (in Bratislava) and was impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit of the woman behind it – Michala Hrnčiarová.

What they offer is on their website and all their current events can be followed in Slovak on their Facebook page. They have a Kindgergarten space out there. So mothers can work and be close to their children. The community manager Zuzana Horniková was a most welcoming host. Good luck, Ladies!

Dunaj Cafe

March 7, 2018

If you happen to be in Bratislava on any first Wednesday of the month, get the flags of all the languages you speak and pop-by at the Language Cafe event at Dunaj Cultural Centre. It is multi language fun 🙂 cheers! наздраве! na zdravie!