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‘Miletička’ brings back childhood memories for the Austrian ambassador

Margit Bruck-Friedrich first discovered the iconic open-air market, which she adores, on a rainy day.14. Dec 2020, at 10:16

Austrian Ambassador Margit Bruck-Friedrich is the last guest to talk about the Slovak capital in the Bratislava series of the Spectacular Slovakia Podcast.
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How to balance a life well: Bustling Tokyo can learn from Bratislava

Only in the podcast, Japan’s Ambassador Makoto Nakagawa reveals what Tokyo and Bratislava have in common.7. Dec 2020, at 7:00

Japanese Ambassador Makoto Nakagawa on a bike trip in Bratislava.
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Bratislava’s smallness is an asset Rome or London are short of

Israeli Ambassador Boaz Modai fell in love with Slovakia’s capital right away.30. Nov 2020, at 7:16

Israeli Ambassador Boaz Modai visits the Tatras.
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Unlike Vienna, Bratislava has not turned its back on the Danube

Swiss Ambassador Alexander Hoffet on where he walks his dog, favourite spots, and the famous Bratislava rolls.16. Nov 2020, at 8:00

Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to the Slovak Republic Alexander Hoffet (left) after handing over the credentials to the President of the Slovak Republic Andrej Kiska in Bratislava on September 11, 2018.
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Kapitulská Street lacks pubs and cafés. The German ambassador loves it

Barbara Wolf visited Bratislava for the first time in the mid-1990s.2. Nov 2020, at 8:00

German Ambassador Barbara Wolf is the latest guest on the Spectacular Slovakia podcast.
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The best concert I have ever heard was in Bratislava, says Dutch ambassador

Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast cycles with Slovakia's mayors and loves the Slovak capital for its rich music history.19. Oct 2020, at 10:22

Dutch Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast (left) plants tulips with Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo on October 21, 2020.
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I was struck by how multiethnic Bratislava is, a Canadian diplomat says

Slovakia’s history is a fascinating story, Canadian Chargé d’affaires John von Kaufmann adds.12. Oct 2020, at 10:38

Canadian Chargé d'affaires John von Kaufmann during a cycling trip to Devín Castle.
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A UK diplomat's journey through 90s Bratislava: No malls, Blue Church and Freddie Mercury

UK Ambassador Nigel Baker reminisces about the nineties in Bratislava.5. Oct 2020, at 10:16

Nigel Baker was appointed British Ambassador to Slovakia in September 2020.
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I’m proud of my Roma pupils, a teacher from a Svit school says

Peter Šinály joined Teach for Slovakia to help transform Slovak education, starting as a teacher in a primary school in Svit.25. Sep 2020, at 8:15

Primary school teacher Peter Šinály teaches chemistry on September 10, 2020 in the town of Svit, near Poprad.
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His initial bet on an unknown school got him to Canada

Andrej Grman transferred from a regular school to the LEAF Academy in Bratislava, hoping to pursue a career in business one day.25. Sep 2020, at 7:29

Andrej Grman is a Leaf Academy graduate, currently studying at the University of British Columbia.
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Bratislava reminds me of D.C., American diplomat claims

US Ambassador Bridget Brink shares what her year in Slovakia has been like since her arrival in August 2019.21. Sep 2020, at 15:29

US Ambassador Bridget Brink visits Levoča in August 2020.
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Most Slovaks do not want their children to marry foreigners, poll shows

Half of the respondents in the latest Focus survey, 50.1 percent, believe foreigners in Slovakia cannot be trusted.17. Sep 2020, at 14:38

Most people who do not know any foreigner living in Slovakia personally reside in the Banská Bystrica Region, 54.6 percent, a new Focus survey for Milan Šimečka Foundation has found.
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All you need to know about [fjúžn] 2020

Many fjúžn festival events, including the Umbrella March, are planned in Bratislava despite pandemic restrictions.16. Sep 2020, at 8:06

People take part in the Umbrella March in Bratislava in mid-June 2019.
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Dublin has the sea, but in Bratislava I have the forest on my doorstep

Ireland's Ambassador Hilda Ó Riain talks about her life in Bratislava.7. Sep 2020, at 7:16

Dublin is more centralised, while Bratislava is more spread-out, Ireland's Ambassador Hilda Ó Riain said on the Spectacular Slovakia podcast.
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Poll: Muslims are seen as the least preferred neighbours

Slovaks have not fully embraced diversity yet.28. Aug 2020, at 7:55

Afghan Rayeiz Rahman takes Košice locals to the places he likes in the city during one of the[fjúžn] walks on December 11, 2019.
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‘I pretended I wasn’t Roma to avoid being pointed out’

Roma student Daniel Bunda talks about discrimination, role models, changes,and more.28. Aug 2020, at 7:30

Roma student and volunteer Daniel Bunda is the latest guest on the Bringing World to the Classroom podcast.
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The revival of Slovak rugby championed by French player

Having first discovered Slovakia thanks to Erasmus, Charles Cimetière returned to popularise rugby.24. Jul 2020, at 9:46

French Charlie Cimetière came to Slovakia for the first time in 2009, spending his Erasmus in Bratislava.
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No job, 200 dollars in his pocket. How a Colombian photographer became Slovak

Gustavo Pizano came to Slovakia over a decade ago.24. Jul 2020, at 9:10

Colombian-Slovak photographer Gustavo Pizano.
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Slovak writers struggle to find path to Anglophone readers

Some small independent publishers have discovered Slovak stories.24. Jul 2020, at 6:00

Book lovers visit Bibliotéka, a Slovak book fair, held on November 7, 2019 at Incheba in Bratislava.

The famous history of Coburg Ironworks to be dusted off

Horehronie villages were booming in the 19th century thanks to the Coburgs.30. Jun 2020, at 7:00

The Coburg Ironworks in Pohorelá
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