Category Archives: Abroad

Adventures and discoveries outside of Germany

Slovak Paradise (Suchá Belá)

Introduction

I had a few days off in the last week of June, so I made use of my regained freedom to travel for visiting Slovakia and the Slovak Paradise (Slovenský raj) for the second time in this year.

Admittedly, my first blog-article about the Slovak Paradise cannot serve as a somewhat useful account of the national park, since I marched only through a small part in the east during February as I encountered plenty of snow, but no other hikers.

This article tries to bridge this gap …

Seeking out adventures in an era of comfort and pandemics (part 2): West Bohemia

Introduction

As my grandmother fled 1945 from the advancing Red Army to Bavaria with her little baby girl (my aunt) in her arms, she had to march westwards across the territory of the then so-called “Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia” – a journey which was unimaginably dangerous in a war-devastated Central Europe.

It was the way that appeared the shortest from the home-town of my grandmother’s family Breslau in Lower Silesia to the comparatively save Bavaria, where the Americans were expected to impose their version of a military administration.

The …

Košice, the second-largest city in Slovakia

Introduction

The second-largest city in Slovakia, Košice, has been on my must-see list for quite a while, yet this blog-post is not going to be as comprehensive as the other articles about Slovakia on this website.

It will be an extension of sorts to my sabbatical page and to my previously published article about the Slovak Paradise.

Short overview

Though just about half the size of the capital Bratislava, Košice is the undisputed nucleus of Eastern Slovakia. The city is lying very close to the Hungarian border, that can …