The World in Between

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The World in Between
My husband and I are US expats living in Bratislava and exploring what's next as we end our corporate America life. I blog about life in Slovakia, things to do and see in and near Bratislava, and where to go from here.
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  • A Week in Havana, Cuba 2 days ago I expected the smell of oleander. Somewhere I had read this description of Havana, but I can’t remember where. Oleander, sultry weather, men in fedoras, women in spiked heels, salsa dancing, rum, and cigars. More than a half century ago,... Read More ›
  • Finding Peace in Unsettled Guatemala 1 week ago It’s been three weeks since we arrived in Guatemala, and at last I feel settled. The first week, either Pat or I would joke about leaving. “Let’s get out of here!” or “When’s the next flight?” Then we would laugh,... Read More ›
  • A Nomadic Life: Figuring out our logistics 1 week ago The most frequent question I’m asked once people learn I am a permanent traveler is “How do you figure out where to go?” The first time someone asked this question, I hesitated. Seriously? How can you NOT figure out where... Read More ›
  • Beyond Paradise: Life in Guatemala 2 weeks ago There’s a crust on the dark side of paradise; the cost determines its thickness. Guatemala is cheap; therefore, the crust is dense and contains flies, mangy dogs, and dirt roads strewn with garbage. One of the most spectacularly beautiful vistas... Read More ›
  • Home at last in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala 3 weeks ago Time. Where has it gone? We spent a relaxing, fun Christmas in Charlottesville with our entire family (including the featured addition, our new grandson, Jack Patrick). For my gift, I allowed myself not to worry about this blog. The family... Read More ›

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  • Becoming Expats in Slovakia Writing Contest October 2012 It started as a lark last spring when my manager asked if I could relocate to Bratislava, Slovakia.    My dream had been to live in Europe.  My Pavlovian response was an immediate “Of course.”  Neither my husband nor I had ever been to...
  • The top 10 life lessons I learned as an American expat in Slovakia Writing Contest March 2013 Slovakia wasn't on my “top places to live” list. I didn't discount it. Frankly, I just never thought of it. I realized Czechoslovakia split after the Cold War into the Prague half and the other half. It did not cross my mind I would someday...

ExpatsBlog.com Expat Blog Awards 2012: Slovakia Gold Award!

This blog won the Gold Award for best expat blog in Slovakia!

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Website Reviews » There are 12 reviews on The World in Between

Ryan Callahan
01:55 AM October 17, 2012

A great blog by two great people. Ok, I'm related but I read every post and learn something new about my parents each time. It's honest, well written, and informative.

Emily
02:03 AM October 17, 2012

The blog is great! I love the mix of wit, candor and real travel information!

Mike
02:43 AM October 17, 2012

Great blog. I like the photos too.

Annie Wester
03:03 AM October 17, 2012

My family went to Central Europe this summer and used many suggestions from The World in Between to plan our trip. We went on a number of great adventures thanks to this blog and will continue to be avid followers!

Rhys Willoughby
06:30 AM October 17, 2012

I now want to travel to Bratislava now.

Pat
06:51 AM October 17, 2012

Keep up the good work Julie!

Bob Spaziano
07:10 AM October 17, 2012

Amazing blog, I particularly like the vivid, animated, and very personal description. The photography is truly superb, as well. Anyone interested in learning more about events or life in Central Europe or Bratislava should subscribe to this blog.

Dave Green
08:11 AM October 17, 2012

It's not every day you come across a blog that is intelligent, thought-provoking, funny, and makes you want to explore the world. Julie and Pat hit the nail on the head and open our eyes a little wider. THANKS YOU TWO!

Adam
12:19 PM October 17, 2012

A very enjoyable lead, definitely deserving of the Expats Blog Award.

LizFV
21:39 PM October 17, 2012

What beautiful photos and interesting stories! Thanks for sharing!

Kirsten
22:10 PM October 17, 2012

This blog was a great pre-read for the trip my husband and I recently took to Bratislava. I felt connected to Julie's blend of personal insight and well-researched explanations. When we arrived, I recognized and had context for our welcoming sights. The accompanying photos are far beyond what my tourist snapping can capture and give the blog a rich and vivid art value.

Michael Crotty
03:16 AM October 19, 2012

Very cool blog! It's great to read about the places you have been. Makes me want to travel to eastern Europe now.

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