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The Universe of Hon

“Third culture kid” in Slovakia Hon is a teacher/trainer whose blog and YouTube videos touch on travel, cultures, customs and anything else he finds inspiring. Hon made a list of 33 things he’d like to do by the age of 33, for no particular reason. Among the things: learn Slovak (see his many ‘word of the day’ posts) and speak the language exclusively for 33 hours. Does Hon make it through his list in time? You’ll have to read his blog and watch his videos to find out.


Wandering Secrets

A couple sharing their adventurous life with no single place to call home. These are Argentinian world travellers who spent an extended period teaching in Slovakia; search their blog to bring up all the relevant posts. Theirs is a mix of reflections, observations and learnings as they settle into new cities and have epiphanies about what it is they value. You’ll also find anecdotes, travel tips and advice (see their clothing pack list for Slovakia) alongside some fun country facts.


Havran Cottage

This blog provides beautiful glimpses of a “life less ordinary in the Slovak countryside.” A husband leaves the United Kingdom to come back to his wife's homeland to experience ‘the real good life,’ or so they hope. Though as he observes the Brexit debate from afar, he wonders if they’ll eventually be inclined to move back to their old life. For now, a cottage is home. His posts often read like poetry, and the writer has a knack for injecting colour into even the most mundane of tales, as he chronicles the changing seasons and highs and lows of establishing a self-sufficient existence in the country.


Chris Cook Blog

A British couple leave England to start a new life in Slovakia. Chris and Nicci live in the small village of Šintava, he’s an enthusiastic amateur photographer and she’s a keen horse rider. Their ‘occasional words and images’ allow you to discover the country as they do, with Chris providing a little history lesson alongside his lovely photos. This blog is generally less personal and more focused on the places they visit (and Chris’s favourite photography gear).


Farm In Slovakia

If you dream of Slovakian farm life or something like it, Dutch couple Arnold Sikking and Bernadette Kuijpers’ blog provides a window into that world (although you’ll find more frequent updates on their Facebook page). They bought their smallholding without ever having seen it in 2008, and documented their progress and setbacks with renovating, learning Slovak and starting to farm their land. They now keep sheep, goats (and various other animals) and produce dairy. It’s a real joy to explore their photo stories and see their property come to life; you’ll also learn a thing or two about animal breeds in Slovakia, milk and cheese production and running a camp site.


The World In Between

Julie Callahan and her husband relocated from the USA to Bratislava, Slovakia for work. After 18 months they moved on to Hungary and now continue to mostly live abroad (and budget) as a retired couple, embracing their downsized life. Julie describes her blog as one for the no longer young but not dead yet crowd. Search ‘Slovakia’ to bring up pages of relevant posts, and you’ll quickly be drawn to their experiences as they explore Central Europe and purposefully forgo the expat ‘bubble’ to forge local friendships. If you’re nearing retirement and looking to be abroad economically, you’ll find a lot of valuable, well considered information and inspiration here.


Homo Avionus

If you’re an expat who’s based in Slovakia but travels frequently - whether for work or leisure - this site will feel very relatable. With tips and tricks for frequent flyers, discussions of what it’s like to be almost constantly on the road, and of course posts about expat life in Slovakia itself, Homo Avionus is a fun blog that tells it like it is.


Almost Bananas

Naomi is a mum of four who lives in Slovakia and writes about her day to day life there. She has lived in Slovakia for ten years, so she certainly knows her stuff and her posts are both knowledgeable and relatable for new and established expats alike. Once again, the ‘Recipes’ section is well worth a look if you enjoy cooking, but perhaps the most interesting part for newer expats is the ‘Slovakia’ section, which discusses local customs and traditions.


Englishman In Slovakia

With a huge variety of information, particularly about the various places to go and things to see around the country, Englishman In Slovakia is an excellent resource, whether you’ve yet to decide where to move to, or are just looking for other places in Slovakia to visit on day trips. The ‘Survival Section’ will prove useful to anyone who’s finding the adjustment difficult. If you’re a foodie, take a look at the ‘Slovakian Recipes’ section for inspiration about the local cuisine.


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