My personal interests

This website was originally created many years ago as a travel blog. I posted photos and stories for my family and friends to describe my travel adventures. Most of the content is still dedicated to the same. But I now cover also other topics. The texts are written mostly in Slovak and/or English. For a while I entertained the idea of writing the same texts in more languages, but quickly realised that it would be just too much and my perfectionism will stop me from publishing anything.  🙂


Petra in Jordan – one of the most interesting places on earth



I am a traveler and I have lived as an expat abroad for years. I come from Slovakia, former Czechoslovakia – a communist country in Central Europe, that is now a standalone republic carving its own path on the global scene. I was curious and after finishing my studies in 2003, I decided to experience the life abroad primarily to learn, travel, work and to compare the way of life. So far, I lived in these cities:

  • Piešťany, Slovakia
  • Nitra, Slovakia
  • Passau, Germany
  • Conegliano, Italy
  • Paris, France
  • Stavanger, Norway
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
Preikestolen, Norway
No, this is not me in front of a wallpaper. 🙂 This is the fjord view you will have after a hike to Preikestolen in Norway.

Life of an expat is not easy. You need to learn and adapt quickly. Often, you have to create an entirely new social circle and make new friends. But I enjoyed living in every of these places. I met a lot of nice people and with many of them we became friends. I also used the opportunity to get to know the country, its people, culture and history. I frequently traveled around the country and further afar.

Thanks to my expat life (and I should also acknowledge formal schooling in Slovakia :-)), I also learnt more than 10 languages. Besides my native Slovak, I understand Czech and I am fluent in English, German, French and Italian. Those languages are (or were) my primary work and living languages at certain stages of my life and do my best to maintain them. For example I often read articles, magazines and books in these languages and I often remember the facts, but forget what language was the book or article written in. I also have limited knowledge of Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Latin. I learnt all these languages because I got the opportunity to learn and speak them. And I find learning languages fun. Especially, I would have considered it a wasted opportunity had I not attempted to learn a language of a country where I lived as it makes learning the language much easier and more intuitive.  Slovak magazine MIAU featured an article about Slovak polyglots in their April 2017 issue – with me included. You can read the article and interview (in Slovak) here.

Resting in front of the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE



I like travelling and discovering countries, people, their cultures and food. During my time on the road I take a lot of pictures, write a travel journal and seek new experiences. I travel light. I can fit things for one month of travel in a cabin sized baggage. I’d better do – I often travel solo and carry my luggage myself. 🙂 I prefer air travel, trains or my own car for shorter distances. In my destination I use public transport and hire a car for longer distances. I already stayed in expensive hotels but also camped in tents. I try out local meals in restaurants, but also street food. Check the map of countries I visited so far and read more about it.

Martina’s Travel Map

Martina has been to: Andorra, United Arab Emirates, Albania, Austria, Switzerland, Cuba, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Monaco, Macedonia, Malta, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Nepal, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Seychelles, Sudan, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, Vatican, South Africa.
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I am a tennis enthusiast. I never played or even learnt playing tennis professionally. At a younger age, my go to sport has been swimming and I was quite good at it. But I grew closer to tennis when I helped at our local tennis club during international tournaments. My language skills were certainly put to a good use. 🙂 And I enjoyed not only the organisational and referee part of it, but also I started to play more often in my free time as a result. I also like to watch tennis matches and have visited Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Olympic tennis tournaments.

Tennis in Paris, France
Warming up at Suzanne Lenglen court, Roland Garros, Paris, France



I am eager to grasp new information or try out new experiences that would enrich my life. I spend a lot of time on internet – reading a lot about various topics. I ignore click bait titles or articles that should be a common knowledge. I read a lot of books. Not as many as I would like, though.

I focus also on expanding my comfort zone. I try out new things and experiences – learning how to drive a power boat or fly a plane in a flight simulator, playing piano, surfing, diving, skiing, archery, golf, indoor skydiving or trying new ways to learn languages.

And if I like it, I make it a hobby for some time to master it. For example:

  • I long dreamt about trying out diving. At the end of 2011, I went with friends to Maldives – and really enjoyed it.
  • Then in 2013 I decided to learn playing golf. I first signed up for a few lessons. The next season I was already a member of a golf club regularly practising.
  • 2014 was my food experience year. One of the benefits of living in Abu Dhabi was a fantastic restaurant scene with cuisines from all around the world. I also traveled a lot that year  and discovered the Middle East region.
  • And in 2015 I decided to learn drawing. I went from terrible to surprisingly good and I constantly work on improving my technique!
  • I learnt Spanish in 2016. And spoke with locals during my visit of Cuba.
  • During winter of 2017 I did my best to learn skiing. 
  • In 2018 I took ballet classes with the aim to remember and perform a short choreography including arabeques and développés. Well, well… although I enjoyed the trainings very much, I had to admit it was tough. Mission accomplished to 50%.
  • After seeing an advert for figure skating classes for adults, I got myself a new hobby to try in 2019. It certainly was fun and I would continue in 2020 not being for covid-19 pandemics.
  • Before the pandemics hit, I tried a few lessons on cross-country skiing in 2020. 
  • During the pandemics, on the other hand, in 2020 and 2021 I learnt a lot about the crisis management and volunteered my time to good causes helping to mitigate the pandemics. And I did the same when the war in Ukraine brooke out in full force in February 2022.
  • 2023 was then a year of self-compassion and resetting my personal boundaries. I needed that as I felt I gave too much of myself out. I spent a lot of time with my tribe and made regular 45-km biking trips during the summer. That recharged me for my life change ahead. 
  • And this year, I am still deciding. Besides spending more time on research and learning, curating the useful renewable, sustainable and climate related content, I am still looking for  a new challenge for 2024. Any suggestions? What are you planning to master?


Watercolour: Three camels in the desert, UAE


Skydiving, Abu Dhabi, UAE
After a skydiving session in Abu Dhabi, UAE

If you want to discuss any of these topics, do not hesitate to get in touch with me or follow me on Threads, instagram or Pinterest as @repikova.