Svidnik winter market

Each year, just before the snow arrives, the town of Svidnik in North Eastern Slovakia hosts a winter market. People come from all over the area to buy winter clothes, toys and utensils, and also to eat the grilled meat, langos and sausages being sold, or to drink the beer or honey wine. Years back, the market was vital but now there are shopping centres and the internet it’s lost its attraction. The smell of roasting meat fills the air though and it makes you feel very hungry. I bought a nice heavy wool jumper today. I wanted to buy a knife but they didn’t have what I was looking for. The stand in the photo sells home-carved spoons. Many of the stallholders make their fare at home and come to sell it at the market. This man was offering 3 wooden spoons for 1 Euro! There were also wicker baskets for eggs or mushroom picking, Russian matrioska dolls, fur hats, hides and sheepskins, all alongside Chinese plastic toys or acrylic clothing. It’s nice to see some traditional skills still surviving, but for how long?

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My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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