Back to Bratislava

Anna Fay is a 2012 graduate of Keene High School and a 2016 graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied Creative Writing. Before she moved to Marlow at the age of 10, Anna lived overseas in the UK, Singapore and Slovakia. She has now returned to her childhood home of Bratislava, Slovakia, this time as a writer and editor for the Slovak Spectator. Her column Back to Bratislava will explore her transition to life back in Slovakia.

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Since November 2017, I have been a long way from home. I live and work as a journalist in Bratislava, Slovakia, so I see some of my family members about twice a year, others only during Christ… Read more

I type like a mad woman as I try my best to keep up with the fast-talking Ecuadorian in my ear. I’ve gotten much better at transcribing interviews at work but I already know that after I finis… Read more

With a small snip, a bundle of browning roses gently falls to the cobbled patio. I prune the large and fragrant rose bush just as Madre Baptisa taught me last year — at an angle by the leaf, s… Read more

The beloved cuckoo clock, mounted on the wall by the fridge, lets out an abbreviated chirp at half past the hour. I take a second to appreciate the soft and playful sound before I return to th… Read more

I sprint from one side of the perfectly waxed indoor court to the other as my orange pinny whips my clumsy body into action. From a spectator’s point of view, I must look like I’m about to do … Read more

I squeeze into one of few remaining cracks in the crowd, using the tiny amount of space I have to spin in place and survey the flood of passionate citizens from all angles. They hold signs wit… Read more

I sit at a partially broken desk that lets out an exasperated whistle as I shuffle my seat forward. Sitting among Slovak and American university students, I look around the classroom. The whit… Read more

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