Tuesday, 30 April 2013

5 am on a Tuesday

This morning I got up at 4.59 am. The assignments have been written, the coffee has been drunk. Now I just need to download some course material and then jump into the shower. Then, if I’m lucky, there will be 15 minutes for some serious cuddling.

Soon, very soon I will be sitting on a plane flying up north. It’s holiday time!


Something tells me that the summer dresses are better off in Bratislava.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Keď ju miluješ, nie je čo riešiť*. ("If you love it there is nothing to question.")

Next on the list of Slovak (and Czech) goodies is….



This is good stuff.

*Slogan of Kofola in Slovak. The Czech version is Když ji miluješ, není co řešit.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Zdravím vás, leto!

And so. Summer came to Bratislava. The sun is shining, the eternal wind has turned into a pleasant breeze. The flowers are blooming, the clothes have been hidden away somewhere to await darker times.

Time is really flying, April just disappeared. So what happened?


J and I went to Budapest for a pre-birthday party Smile He loves the city almost as much as I do, and we always enjoy ourselves tremendously south of the border.

Once we came back from Budapest, summer really kicked in and I have spent as much time as possible strolling around in Bratislava. Unfortunately there has not been so much time due to uni work. Thank goodness there is light at the end of the tunnel. One more month to go of uni and then it’s holiday-time – kind of.


Slovak Goodies: Nakladaný Encián

One of the things I really like here is nakladaný encián.  Encian, very much like the Czech Hermelin, are served both grilled, fried and pickled here. I really like the pickled (nakladaný) type and it’s all I eat when we go out.

The other day I tried making some of my own:


We will see what it tastes like in a few days. I will wait until then with sharing the recipe, wouldn’t want to cause anyone food poisoning Smile

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Better Late Than Never: Belgrade

The title of this post has two meanings.

The first is obvious; it’s taken me weeks to scribble down a few sentences about my feelings, sensations, experiences and activities in Belgrade. I even had time to go to Budapest in between.

The second meaning behind “Better Late Than Never: Belgrade” is that my fascination with what is now the countries of former Yugoslavia is a long story. I must have been five or six when my interest for then-Yugoslavia awoke. It took me a long time to go there for a visit.

So, how was Belgrade? I loved it. In certain ways it’s one ugly city. But the hospitability of the people, the life on the streets, the language and the inspiration it gave me, all made me very fond of the city. There is an edge to the city that attracted me.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Wednesday, 3 April 2013



There is a list I borrowed from thesadbox. In order to be a bit bit inventive, I have also added some pictures from Belgrade.


10 things that I like:

  • sitting in a bar with interesting people, sipping on wine and hear the words flow.
  • that moment when one realizes something big.
  • coffee in the morning.
  • Slavic languages.  
  • books.
  • lazy breakfasts in the sun.
  • cuddling.
  • laughter.
  • the feeling during and after a good workout.
  • politics.


9 things that I like less:

  •   Ignorance.
  • People who try to force their opinions on you.
  • That feeling of not being enough, and sometimes the feeling of being a complete failure.
  • Stress.
  • Meat without veggies.
  • Snow.
  • Violence.
  • Differing between people and people.
  • Boasting.


8 blogs I read (I don’t read so many blogs these days…):


7 things I want to do in the future:

  • own a library – because there is nothing better than books
  • run far
  • be happy
  • analyse more, learn more, study more
  • travel
  • write – try to find my creative streak
  • wear more yellow – why not?


6 things I’m afraid of:

  • cows
  • peacocks
  • the way the world is heading
  • that something will happen to my family and those I care about.
  • nothing more.


5 places I like to be at

  • walking in the street
  • pubs and bars and coffee shops
  • libraries and anywhere I can find a book
  • in foreign lands
  • wherever my friends are


 4 words that describe me

  • cheerful
  • optimist
  • fair
  • clumsy


3 things I’m looking forward to

  • our trip to Budapest next weekend and all other trips we will do
  • improving my language skills
  • the summer holidays Smile



2 good films: (I’m terrible at films)
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1 good song: