Where the rules of the outside world do not apply

Volunteer-run Bystro has flourished thanks to its philosophy of de-growth.

Nicolas Giroux (L) and the "food savers" of Bystro.Nicolas Giroux (L) and the "food savers" of Bystro. (Source: Courtesy of N. Giroux)

Tucked in an alleyway off Karpatska street in Bratislava, an entirely different world hides in plain sight.

The unassuming exterior of Bystro, which offers everything from freshly-cooked food to a comfortable nook to discuss environmental issues, is no indication of what lies within its walls.

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“Bystro is a place where you can feel at home and experience a slower way of life,” Nicolas Giroux, who founded Bystro alongside Michal Gordiak, told The Slovak Spectator as he sipped on some fragrant loose-leaf tea.

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Free of caffeine and full of flavour, Bystro’s beverage of choice seems like the perfect representation of what the volunteer-run centre stands for: slow, sustainable living in a rapidly developing world.

“The rules of the outside world do not apply here,” Giroux added.

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