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...
#7 Olga Rozell
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...
#6 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...
#5 Billy Altansukh
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...
#4 Anca Dragu
“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...
#3 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...
#2 Diego Loyola
Bratislava is a great experience if you give it a chance, if you put a little effort the city would be very fun My next guest is Diego Loyola. You might be familiar with his name, like I was: I read it many times on Facebook posting, collaborating in the Foreigners in Bratislava group or in some articles like this one on the Slovak Spectator blog. Several of my friends and colleagues attended his parties and events. So I was curious to know more about why he’s so active for the community,...
#1 Paul Burt
MySlovakExperience In Slovakia since 2003. This is the first episode of MySlovakExperience podcast, thanks for listening. In the first episode, Paul Burt, the managing director of IBM International Services Centre (company where I'm also working at the time this post is published), currently vice-chairman of BSCF (Business Services Centre Forum) powered by Amcham Slovakia, shares his Slovak experience. Paul is an Englishman who came to Slovakia to work for IBM a decade ago. Initially,...
MSX Podcast Intro
I decided to start this podcast to record and share the experiences of foreigners who have lived in Slovakia. We might have similar reasons why we came to this country and made a life here, but we all have our unique stories that might interest our fellow foreigners living here, but also Slovaks who are curious to hear how it feels to be a foreigner in their homeland. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Stitcher. Thank you for sharing!