Nina Erneker

In the series of Slice of Life interviews, we are trying to get a look behind the business side of our business partners and well-known industry names. We explore what makes them tick and what occupies their day and thoughts when they are not at work. Keep on reading for a glimpse of Nina Erneker in her spare time.

Q: What gets you going in the morning?

A good portion of freshly prepared juice. I love crazy combinations like green asparagus, apples and strawberries.

Q: What is a personal project you are currently working on or wish you were?

My personal project is to manage my consciousness and become less dependent on circumstances. Whether they happen just like I would want them to happen or not. And try to become more responsive rather than reactive.

Q: How do you spend a normal weekend?

With my family and friends. An ideal weekend is to invite them over, to cook together and have a glass of good wine. We are also very fortunate in Bratislava for lots of amazing leisure opportunities, with the Danube river and its beams, meanders and banks full of life, or with the Small Carpathians with vineyards and hiking routes.

Q: What are your hobbies/what do you do for fun?

Gastronomy is my hobby. I enjoy cooking, tasting, sampling, talking about food and wine, my obsession is Greek cuisine. During the quarantine, I have posted some of my cooking-therapy pieces and I got very positive feedback I shall teach the idiot-proof way of cooking :)

Q: What do you count as your biggest non-work related achievement?

My son Filip. He is so amazing I am almost humbled to talk about him so that I am not considered to be the my-child-is-perfect mother. As none of us is obviously.

Q: How are you known among your friends?

Relationships are at the deepest core of my values. I believe my friends see me as a genuine friend who never lets them down and helps (at least) with good advice. And besides that, I am a very talkative and positive hedonist.
As for the negatives, I am loud :), it’s sometimes hard to catch my attention and I am quite stubborn.

Q: What is your absolutely favorite place in Bratislava that you love to visit and why?

I love strolling around the city centre. It‘s full of beautiful facades, intimate narrow streets, buzzy cafes and cosy wine shops, bars and restaurants. Its relatively small, walkable and is not too crowded. My absolute favourite is a place called Cork, where you can get the best Slovak and World wines by the glass.

Q: What kind of conference would you like to attend if you could choose?

Neuroscience for dummies :)

Q: What is your best source of information?

Reference from people I know and trust plus my intuition in terms of where to dig for information and data.

It might sound weird and I probably shouldn’t say that from my professional position, but I never really trust expert forecasts and analyses, as we are living in such complex environs, that pretending you know how things evolve is close to fortune-telling. And this pandemic is showing us clearly that we do not even know what we don’t know.

Q: What is the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

Negative self-help by Mark Manson. I love the funny and uncomplicated way he writes about daily life, economy, relationships, life purpose or even deep philosophic questions.