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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava February 2nd 2014

3 weeks in Budapest makes me stir-crazy. Also, I never thought I'd be spoiled enough to utter those words. But here I am, and here we are. In January I had to spend $200 to get a new computer battery because mine died, and Apple products in Budapest are expensive, and the postal service isn't reliable enough to order a battery from the states. Therefore, I was poor. But also stir-crazy. Compromise? Bratislava. On Saturday morning, Darcy, her friend John, and I boarded a train (for 17.5 euros round trip), got a car, and chugged towards Bratislava. In typical fashion, Darcy booked everything, and I had no idea what was going on. However, we got to take the train during the day, which was a first for us! We passed small villages and mountains, and everything ... read more
The crew
UFO tower and graffiti

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 17th 2014

Off early today on the bus to Bratislava in Slovakia. After 45 minutes on the bus, we stopped for a twenty minute break and visit to the WC (as they call it) in a large, new, very clean gas station, grocery store and restaurant (hard to tell which attracted the most business). Some Australians and I remarked on our practice at home of driving for at least a couple of hours without a break. The Australians’ theory was the distances are so short that a two-hour drive seems interminable. Anyway, minutes later we cross the border without being stopped, although we had been asked to bring our passports in case the officials wanted to check the non-EU passports. All the countryside was rural, mostly farming and wind farms – in all directions. The crops were corn, ... read more
St Michael City Gate
Panska Street
Lace makers

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava December 8th 2013

Dobrý deň (Good day), Like the title of this blog says, I made an unplanned visit to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. The plan was to go straight to Poland after Budapest but then I thought "why not stop briefly in Bratislava first"? Slovakia used to form one single country together with Czech Republic, called "Czechoslovakia" between the end of World War II and 1993. The train from Budapest to Bratislava took about 2,5 hours. Bratislava is also Slovakia's largest city with about half a million people and lies on the shores of the Danube River. Vienna, Austria's capital, is just about 40km from Bratislava but I've been there already in 2006 and didn't want to go again. Bratislava is not a big city which is good because I didn't have much time to stay here...just two ... read more
Arrival in Bratislava
Bratislava; Primatial Palace
Bratislava; Frantiskánske nám.

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava October 18th 2013

Last minute work call to go on extra help mission in Bratislava for 4 weeks. Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and, with a population of about 460,000, the country's largest city. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the Danube River and the left bank of the Morava River. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Bratislava is the political, cultural, and economic center of Slovakia. It is the seat of the Slovak president, the parliament, and the Slovak Executive. It is home to several universities, museums, theaters, galleries and other important cultural and educational institutions. Many of Slovakia's large businesses and financial institutions also have headquarters there. The cityscape of Bratislava is characterized by medieval towers and grandiose 20th-century building... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava September 4th 2013

Hain leipomosta pari sampylaa ja pullan ja nautin ne aamukahvilla. Suihku. Eilisen perusteella tuntui hurjalta lahtea liikkeelle sortseissa, mutta ei kylla tullut kylma, silla aurinko paistoi ja mittarit nayttivat jotain 25 astetta. Ajelua viela ympari kaupunkia. Kavin joen takana Petrzalkan kaupunginosassa. Se on sosialismin aikana rakennettu lahio, korkeita kerrostaloja, jotka on tosin maalattu. Paluu oli toisella bussilla eri sillan kautta. Kavin katsomassa siltaa, jossa ei ollut enaa moottoriliikennetta. Poikkesin vanhaankaupunkiin paivittamaan blogit kaupunginkirjastossa. Loytyi ilmainen netti, mutta ei kaikkia kirjaimia slovakialaiselta nappaimistolta. Julkaisen blogini vasta sitten kun saan valokuvia esille. Eilisen perusteella tuntui hurjalta lahtea liikkeelle sortseissa, mutta aurinko paistaa ja lampoa on jotain 25 astetta. Kavin syomassa hostellin lahella slovakkiravintolass... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava September 3rd 2013

Hostellin nettiyhteys oli lakannut toimimasta yolla. Aamupalana oli omia ostoksiani ja hostellin kahvia. Suunnistin sitten vanhaankaupunkiin. Loysin kahvilan, jossa sai kayttaa nettia juoman hintaan 15 minuuttia. Tapasin paikallisen nettitutun. Kaytiin ensin viinilasillisella. Oli pilvista. Takki sai olla paalla ja valilla ripotteli vetta. Ostin 24 tunnin lipun paikallisliikenteeseen. Lahdettiin sitten Deviniin, joka on Itavallan rajalla. Siella oli vanha linna ja kommunismin uhrien muistomerkki. Palattiin keskustaan, syotiin kevyt lounas ja mentiin trollikalla katsomaan diplomaattikaupunginosassa, maen paalla olevaa puna-armeijan muistomerkkia, josta oli hienot nakoalat kaupunkiin. Paluumatkalla jaatiin pois linnan kohdalla ja kaveltiin sen halki ja makea alas kaupunkiin. Keskustelukielemme oli saksa - han osasi sita englantia paremmin, koska oli asunut Saksassa. Kun oli puhetta Slov... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava September 2nd 2013

.Hyvin nukuttu yo: klo 22 - 6. Aamupalalla juttelin tsekkiperheen kanssa saksaa. Tavaroiden kasaaminen. En vaihtanut paalleni puhdasta t-paitaa, kun ajattelin etta junamatkalla tulee kuitenkin hiki. Menin ensin metrolla, sitten ratikalla. Varasin aikaa reilun tunnin. Matka rautatieasemalle kesti 40 minuuttia. Ensimmaisen puoli tuntia juna mateli Budapestissa, silloin nain viela viimeisen ratikan. Sitten vauhti kiihtyi. Junassa oli hyvin tilaa. Kavin ravintolavaunussa kahvilla. Ensin kauhistelin halvempiin hintoihin tottuneena 2 euron kahvia, mutta sita tulikin kannullinen, josta riitti 3 kupillista. Bratislavassa kavelin asemalta hostellille. Enaa eivat kulkeneet ratikat asemalta, kuten 10 vuotta sitten. Hostelli Mansard on keskeisella paikalla, toisin kuin Budapestin Chesscom. Netti on nopea. Kavin syomassa hostellinpitajan suosittelemassa slovakialaisessa ravintolassa Slovak Pub.... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava August 23rd 2013

About an hour's train journey from Vienna we arrive in the capital city of the Slovak Republic. The train station is run down and needs renovation and modernization. We walk to our hotel which is a short walk from the station. The historical old town is about a 15 minute walk and not arduous but dangerous if you don't look down to watch the footpath. The footpaths have been patched and therefore they are not level and the cobblestones in the old town are uneven and some have been removed. I actually twisted by ankle walking into the old town. Fortunately I was ok the next day. The city is small with a population of only about half a million. The city has some interesting buildings, some have been restored, others are waiting! The old town ... read more
Cumil - the peeper
Water diviner
Bronze post box statue featuring 2 girls taking a break from skateboarding

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava July 6th 2013

Saturday July 6 – Another early morning. We had some breakfast and then made our way to the train station as our trains were leaving two minutes apart. Yvonne was off to raft with some friends and I was leaving for Bratislava, which is only a little over an hour away. As I sat on the train I couldn’t believe that my time there was already over. I stayed five nights and it went so fast. In Bratislava, I was now in a new country for the first time on the trip. Welcome to Slovakia. I walked to my hostel, about 15 minutes away. I couldn’t check in until noon but I did get a bed assigned and a locker for my daypack and left my big backpack behind. I quickly looked to see if there ... read more
Tree statues
Weird statue
I made him apologize later

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town May 5th 2013

So the decision to come here happened a little over a year ago, it’s one that I’ve continually questioned, but, as has been the norm of my life since that first BIG trip to South America, seven years ago, I’ve tried to go with the flow and make the most of the situations and the people which I find myself with – you often get asked two questions, in either order, but both accompanied with the vague expression of WTF… a) where is Bratislava? And 2) Why are you going?!!! (Cue inane laughter and the distant loony-bin sirens drawing closer…) Well, 9 months in and I’ve started pretending that I moved here at Christmas; my limited amount of Slovak is embarrassing – I really am better of in thai!!! I can ‘ahoy’(but still without murmuring 'sailor' ... read more




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