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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  • What's Typical? 1 week ago Yesterday, I opened my computer. Then I typed. To paraphrase Truman Capote, I was typing, not writing. Eventually, I gave up and took a walk. One might think I have something to write about. In the past three weeks, we... Read More ›
  • Two Weeks in Berlin 2 weeks ago When we decided to spend two months in Bratislava, Berlin became a foregone conclusion. Fifteen years ago, I bought the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable and kept it on my bedside table. At night, I would play a game: If... Read More ›
  • Five Years After 1 month ago This week, Pat and I took a walking tour of Berlin. The guide was an affable Irishman named Finn who led a tour of twenty-five of so visitors from around the world. Finn began the walk by calling out the... Read More ›
  • Traveling on the Right Side of the Law 1 month ago International travel is a privilege, not a right. Think about that for a second. The United States is stuck with me, but no other country is obliged to let me in. If I overstay my legally allowed visit–in a country... Read More ›
  • Why Go Off the Beaten Path? 1 month ago Yesterday, we arrived in Paris. Last night, I slept for ten hours. My Fitbit logged eighteen restless minutes during my sleep marathon, but I don’t remember any of that. In the realm of professional sleepers, I’m the champ. As I... 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... 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.

02:03 AM October 17, 2012

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

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.

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!

12:19 PM October 17, 2012

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

21:39 PM October 17, 2012

What beautiful photos and interesting stories! Thanks for sharing!

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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