With a central European location, Slovakia has the spectacular scenery, castles and charming villages of its alpine neighbours but without the crowds. Life is also more budget-friendly. Hike the mountain paths of the Tatras or enjoy a beer in Bratislava.
My name is Margarete Minar. I'm a native Californian who decided that I wanted to have a year abroad to experience life from a different part of the world, and to gain a new perspective on how things can be done differently. My year abroad turned out to be five years in total. I simply loved it and one year wasn't enough. I moved to Slovakia in central Europe in 1999 and stayed until 2005. I chose Slovakia because I had known some Slovak Americans (Americans of Slovak ancestry) in my home town and was somewhat familiar with the country....