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Naomi Hužovičová

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Running to make Slovakia a better place

Small town races bring out the dedicated amateur as well the the weekend jogger and when they put their love of running to good, everybody benefits. 25. Jun 2016, at 8:40

Beneficiaries of the Le Slavia race take part in the run.

Blog: Is Slovak Hockey Embarrassing?

After the initial excitement of winning two games in the 2016 World Championships, the losses caused my friend to exclaim, “That’s it! I’m not watching hockey anymore! It’s embarrassing to lose so much!!” 14. May 2016, at 7:50

Sad Slovak hockey players after losing to Belarus.

Blog: Easter Monday: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

Although I normally am the first to embrace and celebrate traditions, my first Easter in Slovakia was rather a shock. 28. Mar 2016, at 3:10

Plaited Easter willow whips
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Blog: It's your turn

The election left many people disappointed in some way or other and despairing for the future. It's time to stop waiting on other people and ask what you've done to make Slovakia a better place. 15. Mar 2016, at 13:10

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Blog: Four New Year's resolutions for Slovakia

Around this time of year, people start debating whether resolutions made in the new year are valuable. Whatever your opinion, the change in the calendar is an opportunity (among many) to reflect on the last year and… 6. Jan 2016, at 15:49

People in Bratislava welcome 2016.
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Blog: On Christians and Pharisees

Taking in refugees from the Middle East certainly has legitmate concerns of security, financing, and integration. But fear mongering creates an atmosphere where rational discussion and problem solving are left… 11. Dec 2015, at 8:35

Illustration photo.
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Blog: My favourite Slovak traditionPhoto

Cemeteries are not usually considered places of beauty. But on November 1 and 2 in Slovakia, graveyards are beautiful - and full of the mystery of the nether world. 10. Nov 2015, at 8:45

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Blog: Six reasons Sagan is a champion

I tend to be rather skeptical of professional athletes, considering them overpaid and over valued. But here are some reasons that Sagan seems like a genuinely good guy. 7. Oct 2015, at 7:05

The success of cyclist Peter Sagan has made the sport more popular in Slovakia.
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Blog: Fear is dictating Slovakia's actions towards refugees

When faced with the attitude towards refugees in Slovakia, one Canadian tries to understand where that attitude is coming from. 8. Sep 2015, at 6:00

Illustrative stock photo
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Blog: Behindhand benefits of stairs

A MOM with young kids has bemoaned the lack of elevators in old apartment buildings in Slovakia, losing her sanity many a time on the long trek up to the third floor. But, she finds out, there is a positive result,… 12. Aug 2015, at 13:22

Sedlo pod Ostrvou in the High Tatras
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Blog: Maternity wards have a problem with attitude

Maternity wards in the Trnava and Bratislava regions were recently called out for violations of human rights. Were the claims exaggerated? A mother who gave birth both in Canada and Trnava compares. 7. Jul 2015, at 11:53

For each mother, giving birth is A Major Event.
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Blog: Why my kids don’t have a playground

After a regime like socialism ends, a country moves on, restructures, and tries to build a new identity. There are some issues, however, that are difficult to resolve, like the complicated problem of land use. What… 8. Jun 2015, at 11:35

Despite looking like a zombie playground, this is the playground at our local school.
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4 things to know when drinking in Slovakia

Alcohol plays a significant role in the culture of Slovakia, from wine sampling in private cellars to knocking back shots on the morning after a wedding. Some of the local drinking customs, however, could leave you… 13. May 2015, at 6:12

Before you drink, make a toast.