I didn't spend a lot of time in Slovakia, because we were on our way from Krakow, Poland to Budapest, Hungary by bus. None the less, I found the country to be pretty. Most of the time we were in the mountains and we stopped to have lunch at a ski lodge. I wouldn't mind exploring this small country a little more in the future. I am sure her membership into the EU will bring great benefits to her people.

In 1918 the Slovaks joined the closely related Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. Following the chaos of World War II, Czechoslovakia became a Communist nation within Soviet-ruled Eastern Europe. Soviet influence collapsed in 1989 and Czechoslovakia once more became free. The Slovaks and the Czechs agreed to separate peacefully on 1 January 1993. Slovakia was invited to join NATO and the EU in 2002.

A Castle outside of Bratislava, 1998