#10 Elena and Humberto

MSX 10 Elena, Lele and Humberto

Slovakia would be perfect

if only the tortillas were better…

Today is the first time I interviewed two guests: Humberto and Elena Abad, Mexican siblings who had lived in Chicago for more than a decade before they landed in Slovakia.

Humberto came in 2011 and his sister followed him a couple of years later, to stay with the family but also because her brother seemed to be having a good life in central Europe.

Through this story, I also want to show how stories of foreigners living in Slovakia are a powerful influencer to our family and peers back home. Foreigners living here are the first ambassadors of that experience, and people back in their home country see Slovakia through their eyes.

We talk a lot about the differences between the three countries Elena and Humberto lived in, about the upsides of living in Slovakia but also some downsides - like the lack of chances to buy really good Mexican food here. With a few genuine tortillas available here, Slovakia would be a perfect place.

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#9 Kat

The first time I saw Bratislava, I thought it’s a city I could never live in…

The first time I saw Bratislava, I thought it’s a city I could never live in…

My todays guest is a very nice lady with a Russian Name, Ukrainian Surname and a white-and-bordeaux 🇱🇻 Latvian heart. When she’s in Slovakia, she misses the sea, when she’s in Latvia, she misses the Slovak mountains.

Jekaterina Nikolajenko is an adventurer. Before coming to Slovakia, she lived in Portugal, guiding tourists around the Porto wine cellars.

The first time she saw Bratislava, in 2009, she thought: “This is a city I would never wanna live in.” Two years later, Bratislava became her home. She talks about how she got to like the city and the life in Slovakia, and much more.

Enjoy and if you wanna see the conversation live get into MySlovakExperience YouTube Channel, from 2019, when possible, I’ll video record the whole conversation 😄

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#8 Ewi

Ewelina Agata Zbyszynska

Life is easier in Slovakia

that’s why I’m here.

My today’s guest is Ewelina Agata Zbyszynska who came to Slovakia from Poland in 2006. Her first experience was a job interview in Žilina.

She wanted the job because she felt she could get more than what she had in her own country, and she wanted more than the factory job that many of her peers who emigrated to UK had.

Ewi has had a life-changing Slovak experience, which started in a call centre with “a bunch of Polish people” and so far led her to become a project leader in a multinational company.

Twelve years on, Ewi still enjoys her Slovak experience.

We talk about Slovak dreams and Slovak nightmares, the good and bad things about living in Slovakia and, spoiler alert!, it all ends with a smile. Because for Ewi, Slovakia now feels like home.

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#7 Olga Rozell

I went to new restaurants every week to discover all the hidden gems in Bratislava.

I went to new restaurants every week to discover all the hidden gems in Bratislava.

Olga is a humanitarian and a community organizer, she experienced the diplomatic life and she’s a member of the International Women’s Club Bratislava.

She didn’t choose Slovakia as her destination, it is more of a transit place for her, due to the job of her husband in the diplomatic community. She knows she is leaving at one point, but in the meantime she makes sure to keep herself busy helping the local community and raising awareness about issues she believes in.

Food is one of them. She is the founder of the WeFoodie Facebook group that counts thousands of members, focused on discovering the best ethnic food in Slovakia.

Olga is an active and motivated Russian who wants to make a change with her volunteer work.

To learn more about the International Women’s Club of Bratislava https://www.iwc.sk and about the WeFoodie group that Olga launched at the beginning of 2018 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1243051579129544/

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#6 Lorenzo Luci

Lorenzo Luci

In Slovakia

it’s easy

to buy food for BBQ,

it’s always at the beginning, it changed my life.

In early November I travelled to my Italian hometown, Udine, where I met my today’s guest, Lorenzo Luci, to have him share his story about Slovakia. For the first time in this podcast, we share the Slovak experience of someone who chose to leave the country and return home.

Lorenzo is a good old friend of mine, we met many years ago and we enjoyed countless days and experiences together till the time when I moved to Slovakia and he stayed to finish his studies and work in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

He later decided to join me in Slovakia for his Slovak experience that lasted for a couple of years. Through Lorenzo, I bring the Slovak experience of someone who chose to return back home. Now he lives and works in Italy again.

Enjoy the talk with Lorenzo Luci and thanks for listening.

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#5 Billy Altansukh

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Zlaté Slovensko!

The Slovak experience of my today’s guest is as rich as it is long.

Billy Altansukh was born and raised in Mongolia. He came to Slovakia in 1998 after he decided to come and study in Europe. Back then, Slovakia was a whole different world compared to how we know it today. Billy has a lot to say about that.

A linguist and fluent Slovak speaker, Billy is a good person to ask about the Slovak language, but also about how to get the Slovak citizenship. And what’s the favorite Slovak dish of a native Mongolian?

Listen to my interview with Billy to find out.

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#4 Anca Dragu

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“Slovakia is a country of women”

they rule the country behind the scenes.

Today’s guest is Anca Dragu, a journalist who came from Romania 18 years ago with just a few crowns in her pocket, to attend a media workshop.

Currently she’s working in the English section of the Radio Slovakia International covering a range of topics but particularly focusing on health care.

You can hear Anca’s voice on the radio almost every day (on https://enrsi.rtvs.sk ) but only here, in this podcast, you can hear more about her Slovak experience.

More about Anca here https://enrsi.rtvs.sk/people

Thank you for listening!

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#3 Nasi the stand-up comedian

Nasi the stand-up comedian

Slovakia raised me

a little bit, I became my own human here.

My today’s guest is Nasi (her full name is Nastaran Alaghmandan Motlagh) who came to Slovakia from Iran with her family. She was 15 years old when they arrived. 
 
“Slovakia raised me a little bit, I became my own human here,” she says.

You might have seen Nasi either on the Slovak TV or on stage as stand-up comedian. I think she’s really cool at what she does, both in English and in Slovak. I found her clarity of reasoning and respect for inclusion remarkable.

In this episode of the podcast we covered Nasi’s journey from Iran to Slovakia as an immigrant,    but also her love for borovička and feeling for her new home, Slovakia. “It’s worth it!” she says about her Slovak experience. 

For more info about Nasi follow this Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Jokesonyoucomedy/
 

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