Slovakia—what an awesome experience. Having never been to Europe or Asia I arrived burdened with a full-blown case of new-traveler anxiety and three overstuffed bags as uncooperative as toddlers on shopping day. Yet, Slovakia’s similarities to the Pacific Northwest immediately surprised and comforted me. With the exception of ancient castles that here and there dominate the mountainsides and drew my mind back to days of knights on horseback and damsels […]