Reader Feedback: Slovak bureaucracy: Sense of humour required

You did a good job when describing in a recent article the administrative details required for a foreigner-Slovak couple to get married ("Marriage: From matrika to senzus" by Tom Nicholson, Foreign Affairs, Vol.7 No.46, December 3-9).

Maybe I did not do my job as well when striving for the visa and connected papers for Slovakia, concerning myself as an EU citizen.

I started this struggle in May and was successful in November. From time to time, my sense of humour proved insufficient for this enterprise. However, the author of that article apparently kept his smile during the paper chase and its description; probably he was morally supported by his Slovak bride.

On the contrary, I sometimes considered ending my bureaucratic troubles by staying outside this country (which I ultimately did not do).

My point: the Foreign Affairs column might well describe the adventure of obtaining a residenmce permit, and use the same humorous writer who seems to take the thrills and spills of life in Slovakia easier than I do.

Albrecht Mannschreck

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