The alarm clock rings at 5.30. The following half hour is spent with some serious toe-stretching. Get up. Too much instant coffee in the coffee mug. Tastes horrendous. On with a neon pink dress. Throw out the garbage, go for a walk. Breakfast coffee with the boyfriend, see him to work. The city is waking up; the sun is shining. Off to a cosy coffee place on Obchodná, Štúr* is the name. And so the day begins, with writing, fresh mint tea, a mango smoothie and some French jazz.
*L’udovít Štúr was the leader of the Slovak national revival in the 19th century and the author the Slovak national standard.