Abstract brutalist statue by sculptor Václav Uruba (1928-1983) dates from 1969 and stood in front of the Havířov station until 2014. It had fallen into disrepair but was saved at the last minute by civic initiative. It now stands at the National Heritage Institute (NPÚ), in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Courtesy photo.
I’m an independent journalist, travel writer and author who’s lived in Central Europe for nearly three decades. I love the history, literature, culture and mystery of this often-overlooked corner of Europe, and I make my living writing articles and guidebooks about the region. Much of what I write eventually finds its way into commercial print or digital outlets, but a lot of it does not.
And that’s my aim with this website: to find a space for stories and experiences that fall outside the publishing mainstream.
My Book: ‘Čas Proměn’
In 2021, I published “Čas Proměn” (“Time of Changes”), my first book of historical nonfiction. The book, written in Czech, is a collection of stories about Central and Eastern Europe in the 1980s and early ‘90s, including memories of the thrilling anti-communist revolutions of 1989. The idea for the book and many of the tales I tell there were directly inspired by this blog. Czech readers, find a link to purchase the book here. I hope you enjoy.