Spectacular Slovakia #37: Leaky roofs and broomball: Life as an expat was never dull

Slovaks were always warm towards us, despite our witches brooms, says former diplomat Jacqui Fay.

In the 1990s, Bratislava castle and the entire city looked completely different from today.In the 1990s, Bratislava castle and the entire city looked completely different from today.(Source: Sme)

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Briton Jacqui Fay worked as diplomat in Bratislava from 1995-1998 and has return several times since to visit her daughter, Anna. Jacqui has many fond memories of life in Slovakia, including pancake races in Hviezdoslavovo námestie and broomball, a strange take on hockey involving witches brooms and tennis balls, in Železná Studienka. Slovakia has experienced many monumental changes since Jacqui lived here, but one thing that remains the same is the warmth and generosity of the Slovak people, she insists. Listen to this former diplomat and her daughter discuss Bratislava then and now.

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