Hi, I am considering taking a teaching job in Bratislava. Is there someone who can offer advise about what it is like to live in Slovakia? The standard of living, etc.? I have done some basic research, but I figured that someone with personal experience can give me a better picture.
i didnt live there, but was travelling in Bratislava for a while.
Touristic part of city looks pretty nice, all that about service is still far from European standards.
It feels still post-Soviet mood there, even they are so close to Austria.
By comparation to neighbour Austria prices are cheaper in Bratislava.
Its connected well to other places (train, roads, water-way), so, i think possible to travel at weekends.
I'm sure you will addapt there and will find bright sides of it as well will learn to escape things that u dont like.
Each relocation is great life expirience - so, enjoy it
I am native Slovak, so maybe I am not the right person to ask about living in Bratislava from a foreigner's point of view. I spent 6 years in Bratislava while studying at university. On the other hand, I also lived in Finland for a year and I have travelled a bit around Europe, so I dare to compare. Basically, there is no difference in availability of goods and technical services (internet, mobile services) to west-European countries - it may be even better in some ways. Accommodation is said to be cheaper than in other capitals, although it may not be that true, since prices are rising tremendeously each month - especially in Bratislava. Bratislava has good connection with Vienna, Budapest, Prague and with Slovak towns (railway, buses, low-cost airlines) so it is a perfect start-point for exploring central Europe.
What may differ is culture - not too many pleasant shop assistants, quite high consumption of alcohol (although still moderate compared to Finland ), more "eastern" mentality influenced by the years of communist era. It would be very helpful for you to establish contact with some Slovaks (or foreigners living in Slovakia) to help you in the first weeks.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me by e-mail.