Weekend: How do you feel about your mother-in-law?

Asian Day will be held in Bratislava on Saturday. Tips for biking adventures in northern Slovakia.


Have you experienced Žilina Region’s cycling routes?

There are more than 3,000 kilometres of marked cycling routes in Žilina Region, and new ones are still being created.

In the north of Slovakia, in the area of Malá Fatra, Rajecká Dolina, Turiec, Orava, Kysuce and Liptov, cyclists who do not fear hills or who have e-bikes will enjoy the rides. Every region also has easier paths for families with children or those looking for a pleasant pedal.

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Here are our three biking adventures for you:

  • From Krásno nad Kysucou to Nová Bystrica
  • Around the Rajecká Dolina valley
  • Žilina Region’s bike parks

Other developments from this week

  • Auction: A charity auction by SOGA, an auction house, aims to help ill children have fun and return to school.
  • Archaeology: Before its Italianate manor house was built in late the 16th century, Bytča was home to a wooden castle.
  • Photography: Here are the best journalistic photos from the 2022 Slovak Press Photo contest.


Lumière, a popular Bratislava cinema, is forced to shut

After a fire broke out in the Kino Lumière in Bratislava on September 20, it seemed that the cinema would close for only a few days. But things have turned out differently.

The Slovak Film Institute (SFÚ), which operates the well-known cinema, will keep it closed until spring of next year. This is partly due to damage from the fire and partly due to reconstruction, which had previously been planned for November.

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The SFÚ is now looking for replacement venues to screen movies.


Foreigners on their relationship with Slovak in-laws

Jeremy Hill speaks to a group of foreigners, mostly from the US and Great Britain, about their family life in Slovakia. Though they are happy to live in the country, some still face problems.

“My mother-in-law, she was a bit more reserved. A lot of foreigners have the same problem with mother-in-laws, which is really, really interesting,” says Jimmy from Scotland.

As Hill notes in his podcast, Na Slovensku Aj Po Anglicky, foreigners give up a lot when they arrive and live in Slovakia – something that Slovaks would do well to bear in mind. Explore foreigners’ experience with Hill’s podcast.


A Slovak who worked for the "world’s richest man"

When Jozef Biľ from eastern Slovakia landed in NYC in the early nineties, he wore Slovak traditional costume (kroj), had just $300 in his pocket and spoke no English.

Today, the construction site supervisor is living the American dream, works in the world’s tallest residential skyscraper, and entertains the Slovak community in the Big Apple.

  • Film: Every morning when she gets ready for the day, director Tereza Nvotová looks at a picture on her mirror. The picture is of a witch.

Thats it for this week. Have a restful weekend. - Peter

Do you have any tips? You can reach Peter at peter.dlhopolec@spectator.sk

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