The Velvet Border
Exploring the Czech-Slovak divide twenty years after the split
de Paul Kaye
In 1993, after a short and turbulent history, the central European state of Czechoslovakia dissolved into two separate countries. On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the Velvet Divorce, journalist, photographer and translator Paul Kaye cycled along the new border between the Czechs and Slovaks, to survey the state of the divide andn the people living along it.
I live in London and work for the European Commission, responsible for helping to promote language learning and the language industry. Before that I worked as an EU translator in Brussels, and previously for a decade as an environment policy journalist. I now indulge my journalistic tendencies by crossing them with interests in culture, history, travel and photography.