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The staff of The Slovak Spectator, Slovakia's only English-language newspaper, has spent nearly a decade untangling the mysteries of Slovak politics, history, culture, language and green-card obtainment. Below is a rough record of the fun and frustrations we've had, along with some advice on making it in Slovakia.
  • Foreign Affairs - tips for ex-pats, from renting a car to dropping your kid off at day car
  • Culture Shock - deodorant, chronic complaining and problems with your keyboard - Americans, Brits and Canadians get used to life in Slovakia
  • Slovak Matters - I say Tomato, you say rajčina - the pitfalls and sranda of learning Slovak

Culture Shock

  • Class Warfare
  • You Want Me To Eat That?
  • Rocking out, Slovak style
  • One visit, five kilos
  • What the Real IRA missed in the land of cabbage
  • Sports is a different game in Slovakia
  • A Cubist heaven in Petržalka high rises
  • In praise of easterners
  • The unbearable weight of expression
  • Less prosím, more non serviam needed
  • A bare-bones approach to pleasantries
  • How to win over Slovak pub waiters
  • Hospitals still shock even most jaded
  • Of beggars and breasts: what a shame
  • Slovaks better equipped for survival
  • Teaching Slovaks 'progress'
  • Plenty of cultural veritas in Slovak víno
  • Roma village: A different world
  • A laughy lexicon of unwipeable English phrases
  • Strange remedies for common ailments
  • Americans...
  • Costa Rican fauna tell Slovak tales
  • The 'real' Slovakia awaits beyond Blava
  • Marrying an expat takes patience
  • Slovakia refuge from mindless materialism
  • Strange beasts: A decade of expat teachers
  • Wanna buy a house? Caveat emptor
  • In Bratislava, you are what you read
  • Do you have a complaint? Nech sa páči.
  • Bratislava a safer city than locals think
  • Want a foreign visa? Be prepared for ulcers 2
  • Want a foreign visa? Be prepared for ulcers 1
  • Slovak keyboards "a mzsterz"
  • Deodorant-shy Slovaks are slow to change
  • Foreign customs still alien after ten years
  • Nylons in summer an accepted fashion sin
  • What can be learned from cheating
  • Fleecing the customer is a service mainstay
  • Slovak Easter traditions can bother unwilling women
  • Honking, dangerous drivers fill Bratislava roadways
  • Marriage - 'Making a hell in heaven's despite'