Spectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectatorhttps://spectator.sme.sk/rssSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.rss_contact_emailskTom Odell surprised Slovak band in BratislavaThe British artist was wearing a T-shirt, presented to him by the Tolstoys, from start to finish at his Bratislava concert.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:18:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20959353/tom-odell-surprised-slovak-band-in-bratislava.htmlSacred spot from Middle Ages is surrounded by legends even todayPeople believed that water from holes in the rock near Prešov could heal their diseases.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:38:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955161/sacred-spot-from-middle-ages-is-surrounded-by-legends-even-today.htmlWhere to find this spectacular waterfall?Trip suitable also for children and seniors.Sat, 10 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20952785/where-to-find-this-spectacular-waterfall.htmlSeven new sculptures decorate Slovak astronomical clockThe first Slovak astronomical clock has undergone renovation.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 23:07:37 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20952779/seven-new-sculptures-decorate-slovak-astronomical-clock.htmlFirst English translation of The Bloody Sonnets presented in LondonOne copy also given to Queen Elizabeth II.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:05:53 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20956127/first-english-translation-of-the-bloody-sonnets-presented-in-london.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events around Slovakia in NovemberThe selection of events not to miss in various regions around Slovakia this month.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:54:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20954655/foreigners-top-10-events-around-slovakia-in-november.htmlHis first fins were made of gym shoes. He nearly drownedPeter Áč is passionate about the Danube and the fish in it. He regularly goes fishing - with a camera.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:35:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20953620/his-first-fins-were-made-of-gym-shoes-he-nearly-drowned.htmlSeven must-see exhibitions from the Month of PhotographyBratislava hosts the 28th year of the photography festival.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 05:33:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955747/seven-must-seen-exhibitions-from-the-month-of-photography.htmlSpectacular Slovakia #10: Take a hike off the beaten trackCanadian hiker shares her tips for hikes in Slovakia, including some that you probably have not heard of yet.Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:23:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20955640/spectacular-slovakia-10-take-a-hike-off-the-beaten-track.htmlSlovak teenager is world champion in chessOne of the biggest successes in Slovak chess history.Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:12:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20952801/slovak-teenager-is-world-champion-in-chess.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 9 and November 18, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:50:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20952944/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlVisit a castle in Slovakia you haven’t seen beforeAfter decades of falling into disrepair and then reconstruction, the castle opened its gate to the public.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:57:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20952774/visit-a-castle-in-slovakia-you-havent-seen-before.htmlSome meals and drinks have outlived socialismCod salad and fried cheese were made out of necessity. Here’s how these iconic socialist dishes became traditional Slovak meals.Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:55:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20952966/some-meals-and-drinks-have-outlived-socialism.htmlDo you have your map of Czechoslovakia?Today's big dams are not on the map.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:50:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20952810/do-you-have-your-map-of-czechoslovakia.htmlIn spite of the warm weather, Bratislava gets its regular Christmas treeChristmas markets in the Slovak capital will start in mid November.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 12:53:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20951854/in-spite-of-the-warm-weather-bratislava-gets-its-regular-christmas-tree.htmlThe wellness and spa Hotel Flóra***Hotel Flóra is surrounded by lush greenery, which is the inspiration behind the hotel's name.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 06:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20950070/the-wellness-and-spa-hotel-flora.htmlBlog: Slovak artist living abroad learned we're all just humansVisual artist Luka Brase found success as an artist by washing dishes, sleeping on beaches and embracing his individuality overseas.Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20948769/slovak-artist-living-abroad.htmlTrip tip: Visit the Great Cold valley in the TatrasIt contains 26 mountain lakes.Fri, 02 Nov 2018 06:25:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946591/trip-tip-visit-the-great-cold-valley-in-the-tatras.htmlŽilinská open-air market in Bratislava’s Old Town to get new roofingThe market will remain at its current spot until at least 2029.Thu, 01 Nov 2018 07:58:38 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20950328/zilinska-open-air-market-in-bratislavas-old-town-to-get-new-roofing.htmlHilly terrain gives historical Cemetery at Kozia Brána an exceptional atmosphereOn All Saints Day, Slovaks go to cemeteries to light candles on the graves of their deceased relatives.Thu, 01 Nov 2018 07:44:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20950659/hilly-terrain-gives-historical-cemetery-at-kozia-brana-an-exceptional-atmosphere.htmlSlovakia has a sea. Not for swimming, thoughStony sea is an important protected area in central Slovakia.Wed, 31 Oct 2018 22:44:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946606/slovakia-has-a-sea-not-for-swimming-though.htmlSpectacular Slovakia #9: Wine festival also gives you a taste of Slovak street foodAmerican travellers experienced a Slovak-style Thanksgiving in western Slovakia.Wed, 31 Oct 2018 17:33:23 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20950446/spectacular-slovakia-9-wine-festival-also-gives-you-a-taste-of-slovak-street-food.htmlThis water castle is unique in SlovakiaWhen visiting Liptov, do not skip this place.Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:04:52 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946597/this-water-castle-is-unique-in-slovakia.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 2 and November 15, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 30 Oct 2018 20:10:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20948639/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlMagical fluorescent plants cause botanical garden to glowThe plants were treated with a special substance.Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:08:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946576/magical-fluorescent-plants-cause-botanical-garden-to-glow.htmlNew UNESCO House attracts tourists to VlkolínecIt is a replica of a house that burnt down during the Slovak National Uprising.Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:33:25 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946585/new-unesco-house-attracts-tourists-to-vlkolinec.htmlBratislava on the brink of historyNot only personalities, but also their sculptures experienced turbulent times.Mon, 29 Oct 2018 07:40:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20946411/bratislava-on-the-brink-of-history.htmlSuddenly, all skirts were shortFashion trends of the first Czechoslovak Republic involved mainly cities, women in the Slovak countryside remained faithful to folk costumes.Sun, 28 Oct 2018 11:04:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20948085/suddenly-all-skirts-were-short.htmlUnique picture: Bears, boar and badger share grazingIt is not surprising that the animals are living in symbiosis, environmentalist said.Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20940726/unique-picture-bears-boar-and-badger-share-grazing.htmlA lightbulb shone in the stable while children learned by candlelightOnly 75 Slovak housewives had a modern kitchen with an electric oven, a fridge and a food mixer in 1938.Sat, 27 Oct 2018 08:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20947201/a-lightbulb-shone-in-the-stable-while-children-learned-by-candlelight.htmlInspiration for an autumn trip near KošicePeace pillars can be found there, too.Fri, 26 Oct 2018 09:05:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20940737/inspiration-for-an-autumn-trip-near-kosice.htmlSpectacular Slovakia #8: Don’t skip the soup and prepare your sweet toothCanadian food blogger living in Slovakia introduces traditional Slovak cuisine in a new light.Thu, 25 Oct 2018 14:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20945447/spectacular-slovakia-soups-and-sweet-tooth-travel.htmlArchaeological research at Čičva castle revealed connecting corridorThe castle also belonged to Elizabeth Báthory, the Bloody Countess.Wed, 24 Oct 2018 23:35:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20940699/archaeological-research-at-cicva-castle-revealed-connecting-corridor.htmlRTVS' hunt for the greatest Slovak turns controversialThe public-service TV broadcaster features three personalities in its trailers, one of them being the head of WWII fascist Slovak state, Jozef Tiso.Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:04:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20944871/rtvs-hunt-for-the-greatest-slovak-turns-controversial.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between October 26 and November 4, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 23 Oct 2018 20:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20943671/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlPopular Calvary in Banská Štiavnica is reconstructed in its Baroque beautyOnce one of the most endangered landmarks in the world ten years ago.Tue, 23 Oct 2018 13:46:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20940686/popular-calvary-in-banska-stiavnica-is-reconstructed-in-its-baroque-beauty.htmlWhale is bringing magical Icelandic music to BratislavaHvalur, the first festival of Icelandic music in central Europe, will present established Icelandic musicians as well as rising stars.Tue, 23 Oct 2018 08:23:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20944018/bratislavas-atelier-babylon-will-become-a-small-iceland.htmlBronze Age dagger unearthedIt is thought there could be the remains of a settlement nearby.Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:19:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20940695/bronze-age-dagger-unearthed.htmlCompany´s autumn in the High TatrasA good teambuilding or a good training should fulfil four main points that determine its success.Mon, 22 Oct 2018 06:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20941374/companys-autumn-in-the-high-tatras.htmlBlog: Slovakia needs a positive culture of role modelsSlovak business consultant Helena Sarkanova gained valuable knowledge during her studies in the UK. Now, she wants to enact change in Slovakia.Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:42:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20937891/blog-slovakia-needs-a-positive-culture-of-role-models.html