Blogs from Kosice, Kosice Region, Slovakia, Europe


Europe » Slovakia » Kosice Region » Kosice January 29th 2015

In April 2008 while on a trip to Hungary I decided to travel to Slovakia by train with my Hungarian friend. I wanted to see another former Soviet bloc communist state in Eastern Europe besides Hungary and Poland. The following is an account of our visit to Kosice the second largest city in Slovakia. It was a cold morning when we set out for the railway station in Nyiregyhaza. The train was scheduled to leave at 7:30 but we arrived at the station well in time. An hour after leaving Nyiregyhaza the train pulled in at Miskolc where we had to change to another train for Kosice. However, we had to wait another two hours at the station for this train, so we spent some of the time to have breakfast at the station cafe. The ... read more
Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
Kosice, Slovakia
Kosice, Slovakia

Europe » Slovakia » Kosice Region » Kosice June 13th 2014

My family and I decided to visit our old home country of Slovakia this May. The reasons were two-fold: First, my daughter Alex just graduated from college here in US and all our family lives in Slovakia, so it makes more sense for three of us to go to Slovakia and celebrate there, then to bring about 25 relatives to the US for graduation and party. Secondly, it has been 8 years since my last visit so I was well overdue to see my 88 year old dad, who is in perfect shape, but at that age one never knows...So we booked the tickets via Austrian airlines from JFK to Vienna and then a short flight from Vienna to our home town Kosice (eastern Slovakia). After a long 8 hour overnight flight we landed in Vienna ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Kosice Region » Kosice July 10th 2013

Wednesday July 10 – I got up early and took the bus at 8:30. We arrived at 9:40 and I had a 10 minute connection before the bus to Kosice. A guy asked me something but I told him I didn’t speak Slovak. A girl translated and said he drives a minivan to Kosice and that some of them were going to go with him as it was faster, if I wanted to go. I agreed and walked with them over to his van. I sat next to the driver and it was a pretty quick ride. We got in around 10:20 and I went to the train station next door and bought my ticket to Budapest for tomorrow. Much like plane flights, it was cheaper to buy a roundtrip ticket than a one way journey. ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Kosice Region » Kosice October 4th 2011

Beste familie, kennissen, oud-collega´s en vrienden Deze blog is alleen voor jullie bestemd. Op het ogenblik zijn we nog in Kosice in Slowakije. We hebben hier twee maanden op het huis van Vlado, Linda´s vader, gepast. Vlado was intussen in Alaska. Afgelopen week hebben we hem opgehaald in Boedapest. We hebben onze tijd hier goed besteed. Linda heeft een cursus gedaan, zodat ze overal in Europa als ziekenverzorgster kan werken. Deze Vrijdag doet ze examen. Ik heb aan ons boek gewerkt. Elke dag heb ik zitten schrijven van 9 uur ´s ochtends tot 5 uur ´s middags. Ik had het al klaar willen hebben, maar het gaat toch nog wel een maandje duren. In de weekenden hebben we gewandeld in de prachtige natuur rond Kosice. Vanaf dat we hier waren is het mooi weer geweest en ... read more
Linda´s familie

Europe » Slovakia » Kosice Region » Kosice December 29th 2009

Bratislava, Eslovaquia, a 3 de noviembre del 2008. Saludos a todos alla por TJ y LTO: Les mando fotos de la ciudad de Kosice --mas de 200 mil almas--, que es la segunda ciudad mas grande de Eslovaquia, pais que era parte de Checoslovaquia, pero que a principios de los anos 90's unos bribones la independizaron --le llamaron el divorcio de terciopelo-- para hacer el negocio de su vida. A la fecha esos bribones siguen viviendo del presupuesto y de la politica, peleandose entre ellos, pero bueno, dentro de lo bueno para los eslovacos fue que hubo mas inversion y que el pais entro a la Union Europea. Ah, tambien Eslovaquia es el pais de la pelicula "Hostel"... La ciudad es candidata para ser capital cultural europea del 2013.... Mis problemas empezaron cuando a estar aún ... read more
Main square.
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Europe » Slovakia » Kosice Region » Kosice August 3rd 2009

I know that some of you are waiting the entry of my first meeting with Ma'ri's family. You'll have to be a little more patient, as this will be my next entry for the blog. Our base for these few days is in Hejce in the North-East part of Hungary where Ma'ri's parents live. The village is only 30 km from Kosice. I've already been to Prague, but never set a foot in Slovakia. So we decided to spend an afternoon strolling Kosice. Interesting enough, Ma'ri hasn't come here for years, so it was also a re-discovery of some of her childhood memories. Slovakia and Hungary are now both part of Schengen, so no more controls at the border. But the old style communist control buildings are still in a seriously bad conditions...but still standing ... read more
the city center of Kosice
sun, smile and flowers...great cocktail!
the border between Hungary and Slovakia...souvenir of an other time!

Europe » Slovakia » Kosice Region » Kosice February 24th 2009

I got to Kosice by train which is the best and possibly only option to get there directly. It was about 1 euro extra for the fast IC train but it cut about and hour or more off the journey time. It's kind of annoying that all these countries take ISIC but only if you are a student in that country. So far, ISIC has not worked for me in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. I keep trying to use it and sometimes they take pity on me and give me an under 26 rate instead but it really is quite useless in Central and Eastern Europe despite the fact that ISIC is supposed to be accepted! Anyway, Kosice is a nice town with a very small old town center. The church is pretty cool ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Kosice Region » Kosice September 11th 2008

Day 10 Up at 9 AGAIN for breakfast which we thought was free but was slyly charged at the end and i dont even like eggs.. Made our way to the train sation to find there were none til 3 so waited in a oub just outside the station, where someone tried to sell me bed sheets.. As if i need to be carrying any more shit.. Eventually arrived at Kosice around 5 and made our way to Kosmalt a hostel where we were told they were full.. I was quite glad as it was a right shit hole looked like a crack house.. But our cab had gone so we had to walk to a bus stop.. Luckily a random elped us figure out where to go and we found the main place with all ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Kosice Region » Kosice September 11th 2008

September the 10th by now. We awoke in Miskolc, had breakfast (scrambled egg - soon regretted that) then found out it wasnt free. We missed our train to Kocise in Slovakia by 30mins so had to wait until 3pm. No bother, i decided to send home my massive sleeping bag. So i went to the Hungarian post but they were useless and didnt bother to try and speak english for me. But then some Hungarian guy came up and explained the postoffice was rubbish, that id be lucky to find a box to send my bag in and then spent 20mins of what turned out to be his lunch break from a neary shop to help me translate what i wanted and send my bag home. He even put his own address as from where it ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Kosice Region » Kosice August 21st 2008

We headed out after breakfast relatively early on Highway 7 which heads due south to Slovakia. A word of advice for anyone wanting to take this route is wait a couple of years and it should be great, as it was there were roadworks all the way for about 100km. Every bridge was one lane with traffic lights controlling the flow so it took about 2 hours to reach the border. Once we reached Slovakia the roadworks finished and we cruised along smoothly. We bought a motorway sticker as we didn’t plan on spending much time in Slovakia as we felt there was not really a lot we wanted to see here. The motorway made a big zig-zag down the country but we thought that that was quicker than using the more direct highway and there ... read more

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