Author Archives: Ivana

Ash Wednesday Comes And Social Ball Season Ends

Ples February 14, 2018 Allan Stevo It was once commented to me “In Slovakia every minority has their own ples.”  And I’ve found that in many ways to be true.  Ples is the Slovak word for “social ball.”  They take place en masse at this time of year.  ( usually lists a few of them […]

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The European Leg Cross

The European Leg Cross February 11, 2018 Allan Stevo Body Language in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and other parts of Europe can be a little different than body language in North America.  Something as simple as the way a person crosses his or her legs is a small difference that is easy to notice. The […]

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Every Morning In The Village – 4 Slovak Housekeeping Tips

Slovak Housekeeping February 9, 2018 Allan Stevo The fact that so many Slovaks smoke (or spend time around smokers) and so many Slovaks use down pillows and comforters, which are hard to launder, could lead one to conclude that Slovak homes smell.  But it’s very common to find Slovak homes 1. Spotless – you can […]

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Being Told How To Pee

Being Told How to Pee February 7, 2018 Allan Stevo Now, don’t be surprised about this if it happens on a visit to a Slovak house.  I’m not saying it happens often, but I’m saying I’ve heard enough people talk about it, so that I know it happens. When a person pees standing up, there […]

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How To Beat A Slovak To The Bill

Paying the Bill February 5, 2018 Allan Stevo Tip: In a face-to-face competition, you will always lose.  No matter where you are from, no matter how poor your host is, you will have the bill paid by the Slovak you are visiting with.   A Slovak is like a well-trained cowboy from the Wild West […]

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Erecting Paywalls And Tearing Down Barriers In Online Media: Will The Slovak Solution Become The Global Solution?

Amy Wicks, Editor of 52 Weeks in Slovakia, had the article below posted on a website for specialists in the field of marketing communications in the autumn. As it talks about a new idea and Slovakia as the proving grounds, I was sure the readers of this site would be interested.  The company is now […]

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Google Doodles About Slovakia

January 31, 2018 Allan Stevo Sometimes when you go to, there’s a special design on the Google front page commemorating some interesting anniversary.  The concept is called “Google Doodles” by the company.  A few aspects of Slovak culture have been the subject of these doodles in the 13 years (since 1998) that Google has […]

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5 Slovak Resources That I Use Every Day

Resources in Slovakia January 29, 2018 Allan Stevo I’ve been in Slovakia about 8 years now and have come across some useful tools that make life easier for me here and keep me more connected to what’s happening around Slovakia. 1. Slovak – World – I know Google is the cool email program to use, […]

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