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Language learning during travels

Spišská Nová Ves and Slovak Paradise (Klauzy)


Winter fades gradually into spring, the days get longer and I spent once more a short holiday in my second home Slovakia.

This time I visited the Slovak Paradise and Košice in eastern Slovakia.

Slovenský raj

The Slovak Paradise (Slovenský raj) is a jagged limestone plateau without a dominating mountain ridge.

The Slovak Paradise National Park, the northern edge located around ten kilometers southwards of Poprad-Tatry (and hence not far off from the High Tatras) and the southern border touching the town Dobšiná, stretches over …

The Veľká Fatra and Malá Fatra mountain ranges

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Banská Bystrica
  3. Veľká Fatra mountain range
    1. Špania Dolina, December 24
    2. Vyhnatová, December 25
    3. Tour to Zvolen, December 26
  4. Žilina
  5. Malá Fatra mountain range
    1. Minčol, December 28
    2. Chata pod Kľačianskou Magurou, December 29
  6. Conclusion

1. Introduction

My Christmas vacation was a welcome opportunity to spend a few days in Slovakia to visit my friends in Bratislava.

But I also had the plan to make a couple of short hiking tours in the Veľká Fatra and Malá Fatra mountain ranges (that are two large mountain ranges in …

Visiting Poland: Kraków, Warszawa, Poznań, Szczecin, Wrocław

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Cities and places
    1. Kraków
    2. Warszawa
    3. Poznań
    4. Szczecin
  3. Genealogy
  4. Conclusion

1. Introduction

My mother’s parents are from small towns near Wrocław, a city in Lower Silesia which belongs to Poland since 1945.

My grandparents met in the mid-1930s as my grandfather was working as a butcher in and around Breslau1 (which was the German name of Wrocław) and my grandmother was occupied in her father’s business (Konditorei) in Breslau. They quickly fell in love and married at the end of 1939 only …