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Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

This great postcard comes from Martina in Slovakia. It shows the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. I just have to mention that I very often find that the names of places draw me to them and this is just one of them. I really do love a good name for a place for some reason. Bratislava, Belgrade, Kishinev, Kaiserslautern… All place names that I just love. The name of the city also has an interesting history in that it actually came from a misinterpretation of texts. Until 1919 the city was known as Pressburg. [Oh, so that’s where it is.] People have been know to live in the area for over 7000 years and the wine-making traditions started by the Romans in the 1st century AD survive in the area to this day. With a population in excess of 660 000 in its metropolitan that stretches over 2000 square kilometers, I am not so sure that the nickname “Little Big City” is quite accurate. This is truly a magnificent postcard though, thanks so much Martina!

Sloven…kia

Slovakia

Slovakia

Another great postcard from Patricia in Slovakia! Known as Slovensko in Slovak, the name of the country causes quite a bit of confusion among speakers of English. A friend, whom I shall not name here, quite embarrassingly thanked a woman for her postcard from Slovenia, when it was in fact from Slovakia. I was rather amused. This small country is located in central Europe, has a population of just over 5.4 million people and spans 49 035 square kilometers. Slovakia became independent from Czechoslovakia on 1 January 1993 and it really annoys me when people still talk about that union in the present tense. The capital city of Slovakia is Bratislava. Slovakia, along with Slovenia and Estonia, are the only formerly communist states that are part of the EU, Eurozone, NATO and the Schengen Area simultaneously. It sure looks like a place worth visiting!

Slovak Surprise

Greetings for me

Greetings for me

Patricia from Slovakia sent me this cute postcard as a surprise in a swap that we arranged. It is definitely a unique postcard in my collection, as I have never received anything quite like it. I of course enjoy the variety that all these new types of postcards bring my collection. On the back Patricia wrote “Remember that every friend was once a stranger” which is quite an awesome way to think about strangers. Thank you for the lovely postcard Patricia.

Warm, Hot Slovakia

Topoľčany, Slovakia

Topoľčany, Slovakia

This lovely postcard came to me all the way from Patricia who lives in Topoľčany, Slovakia. She tells me that she is not very fond of her town as nowadays most of the shops and restaurants are foreign-owned and that she would take more pride in it, if it were Slovakian. This small town of around 30 000 people derives its name from the old slavic word topol, which means “warm, hot” and so got its name because of the hot springs that existed in the region during medieval times. Founded in the 9th century, Topoľčany always had a mixed population as opposed to the dominantly Slovak rural areas. It was home to Jews, Magyars and Carpathian Germans mostly. This composition started changing in the 20th century as more Slovaks moved to the town, the creation of Czechoslovakia saw the Magyars leave and after World War II there were no more Jews and Germans. Fascinating town! Thank you Patricia!