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Slovakia, a little big country. This marketing slogan describes my home perfectly. Little in size, big in history and natural resources. Yet, Slovakia is probably not a must see destination for many people. I bet very few travellers would put it on top of their destination wish list. Slovakia is my home so it will always have a very special place in my heart. If you are not sure why you should even consider it, let me give you some amazing reasons to visit Slovakia. The High Tatras Since this place is my home, it has to be at the top of my list. If you love outdoors, sports, or hiking the endless mountain trails, you will love the High Tatras area. The Tatras Mountains, creating a natural border between Slovakia and Poland, are often referred to as the most beautiful part of Slovakia. They attract not only domestic but also…

I’ve been flying with Ryanair for as long as I can remember. Before and after I’ve had a baby. It’s cheap if booked well in advance, most of the time on time, and gets me from A to B. I know, many people find the customer service appalling and their strict baggage and check-in rules and fines outrageous. There are so many horror stories about this airline, and it might not work for everyone but for us it’s great. I know what to expect and I don’t expect anything extra for the price I pay. As long as you follow their strict rules, you can easily avoid any unnecessary drama at the airport. These days, with a baby on board Ryanair flight, things are a bit different. It’s not as straightforward as it once was. Every parent will tell you how challenging flying with small kids can be. So after being…

It’s that time again. Time to visit my family in Slovakia in a couple of days. It feels great, yet at the same time, it feels a bit strange at times. It’s familiar, yet at the same time, everything just seems so different. My emotions when I go home are somewhat mixed. There are the feelings of happiness, anticipation, and the excitement of counting down the days left till I see my family. But there is also confusion and shock, and I’m feeling a bit nostalgic when I see them when I’m back to where I grew up. Why do I feel that way? It’s my home after all. But then, I’ve got a home in the UK as well. Twelve years since I left the comfort of my home is a long time, and although I regularly visit, at least a couple of times a year, life goes on, for…

When our little one was about a year old, it was evident that she outgrew her Group 0+ infant seat. It was time for the next stage car seat. So I spent few weeks researching what’s available on the market. And there is A LOT available, let me tell you. I was so confused at first. All these different groups of seats to start with. And then the various features each car seat has. So, how the heck do you pick one? Stay tuned and read this Britax Evolva 1-2-3 review to see all the excellent features of this car seat. Hopefully, it will help you in your decision-making process. Our criteria for the perfect car seat We brainstormed for a bit and came up with a list of things that were important to us. Safety is, of course, number one priority. As the little one still naps occasionally when on…

Isn’t this parenting gig an amazing thing? All this responsibility we suddenly have for another human being. One of the first important decisions you as a parent have to make is picking a name. The first name can be a struggle, especially if you are in a multicultural relationship and happen to live abroad as well. Trust me. I never thought picking a name for our daughter would be such hard work. For many parents, it’s not just the first name dilemma. If you are not married or just don’t share the same surname with your significant other, that’s when it may get a bit complicated when deciding on the last name for your baby. This might be a growing issue for many parents these days, as relationships without marriage are quite common. Some women also choose to keep their surname when they get married and when children come along,…

What a great afternoon we had at Heath Manor Park and Jungle Experience. We visited for the first time last week, and we loved it. Especially the little one. It’s a great size park located in Halifax (West Yorkshire) with a fantastic playground, a small tropical world, water play area, coffee shop with outdoor seating and beautiful walled gardens. We parked on the street not far from the entrance; it was free as it was Sunday. Otherwise, there is a two-hour restriction. Not ideal, if you plan to stay longer, but with a toddler, it may just be enough. I think we stayed there for two and a half to three hours. Our first stop was the playground area. An obvious choice with a toddler. I’ve visited many different playgrounds in my area, but this one must be one of the best so far. It’s a lot bigger than any…

I remember when I was pregnant, people used to tell me to enjoy the newborn stage. TIme flies and things will only get harder as kids enter toddler years. Enjoying the sleepless nights, baby’s colic; a feeling of loneliness and isolation? Not an easy task for a new mum. When my little one was a newborn, and she would cry for hours in the afternoon, I just couldn’t figure out what to do to stop her from screaming her lungs out. I remember how desperate I was sometimes, wishing she would just hurry up and grow. Fast. And boy, hasn’t she grown fast? We’ve experienced all these long awaited firsts and milestones that babies go through in the early stage of their life. From the very first smile while she was still a newborn to the very first baby steps just recently. Now, we have almost a fifteen-month-old lively and spirited…

Having your family nearby when you become a parent is invaluable. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. There are many parents around the globe, who are doing all this parenting gig solo, without the support of grandparents or other family members. When I moved to the UK all those years ago, I loved my new found independence. After some troubles at the beginning, it was good. Of course, I was missing my home, but I eventually adapted to the life in my new destination and enjoyed it, for the most part. Things changed when I became a mum. I realised how different my baby’s childhood would be to my own childhood. I come from a large family and every holiday, and many weekends we spent visiting cousins, uncles, aunties or grandparents. Or they would come over to our house. My daughter will sadly not experience these family gatherings very often as both…

Before you become a mum, you have at least some idea of what type of parent you want to be. You know, all the things you envisioned during your pregnancy. You’ll start to think about the things you want to do, but also about everything you don’t want to do once you have a child. And then you foolishly expect that everything will go according to a plan. How silly when I think about it now. How many times have I shaken my head at some of the habits and behaviour of other kids and parents I witnessed? Why don’t they just get a grip? Well, now that I’m a parent I know why. Because all parents do what they have to do in those not-so-easy-to-handle situations. Here are some of the things I thought I wouldn’t do as a mum before I had my baby. But then I changed my mind.…

What’s the truth about living abroad? After spending more than a third of my life abroad, I’ve learned a thing or two about what it’s really like to live internationally. Here are my thoughts, from A – Z, in case you are about to make that leap. A is for Adventure – because life abroad is one big adventure. Ha. Don’t get fooled. Reality couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s not quite the fairytale many people think it is. Yes, you get a lot out of it, probably some adventures along the way too, but more often than not, it’s also a struggle, a sacrifice and a constant learning curve. B is for being Bilingual – because when you move abroad, you are likely to become bilingual. Speaking another language will be a huge part of your new life. If you don’t speak the language of your new destination, make it…