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Published: December 31st 2019
View from the train on the trip from Dresden in Germany through Czechia to Bratislava in Slovakia.
Day 89, 22.06.19. Saturday.
So I'm finally in Slovakia and the people here are so nice and helpful, everyone I ask with exeption for a really drunk girl helped me out a lot, some even dropped everything they did to help me out trying to find some shelter for the night. And the best part is that they refused completely when I tried to give the some money to compensate for their time. The girls in Bratislava are really beautiful and adorable, they actually smile at me in this country. How cool is that? But eventually I found out that most of the hotels and hostels was fully booked due to some MMA-event that I didn't know about.
Same thing happened in 2011 when I was traveling to Gøteborg in Sweden, was trying to find a cheap hostel and ended up in the kings park in the middle of Gøteborg soaking up some water as it was raining that night. Called up my best friend the philosopher, whom was from the city, he moved to Norway to work and take an education with the ambition to become a language-teacher and be living in Norway, he was working as a
cashier when I met him as I was working in a grocery shop at the time. We had just one day the first time we met and that was enough for us to remember each other, the second time was in another shop I was working at for 1,5 years. When we met each other again after 1,5 years we uttered each others names, and I don't usually remember names as good. Only when I'm really impressed or I hear it several times a day. So that's when we started hanging out together, and we became friends after just a couple weeks. We hanged together for almost every day for about a year, we got very close, and the friendship is one of those that never dissipate. I'm lucky to have him as a friend. So after a while he called me back up and told me that his parents was willing to take me in and that I could use his old room as my living-quarters, I was shocked, no one ever had done that for me, and I also was so surprised that his parents was ok with it, even though they had never met me. I was
sure they would slam the door in my face once they saw me, but no. They welcomed me and treated me really well, had breakfast and dinner with them several days before they were to go on a vacation for a couple weeks.
While I was dining with my friends parents, I noticed something intriguing. At one point they held hands and was talking to each other in a fasion I can only identify as true love, I was amazed, these parents of my friend was still in love after all those years together, and they had no restrictions about showing me this, like it was a normal behavior, and that they didn't care if they showed someone. I've never seen the same behavior since, well only with couples newly in love. But that's it. That's what I have been looking for since I've been 16 years old, just one girl capable of having those feelings even far into the relationship. One that actually make an effort to care about their mate, not many left in my perspective, given the politics on the left side these days. But most girls at that age is very immature and egocentric, so
no wonder I never found anyone when I was that young. Still haven't found anyone, so I wonder what that means?
Then they left me the key and asked me to keep it tidy, I was stunned again, they'd only known me for 4-5 days and they gave me this unprecedented trust I've never experienced before. Had I suddenly been entering a dimentional Einstein-Rosen bridge while I was sleeping? And thrown into a dimension where I was actually treated properly? That was a good trip.
Last night I wasn't able to get a hold on my friend that lives in Bratislava so I had no way of finding some hostels that could have some cheap room for the night. So with the knowledge that most hotels was full, I actually booked a luxuary-suite in one of the most expensive hotels in Bratislava, Roset Boutique Hotel. I wonder what they must have thought about me, since I stepped in with full forest-gear and was sweating like a fire-hydrant. But what a room, would have made a video about that as well, but my batteries was dead and I was tired since I hadn't slept for more than 2 hrs
I would definitively live there if I could! :D
per night/day for three days. The room was huge, or rooms is a better description, first was the huge entrance with closets to hang up outer clothing, then came the kitchen which was enormous. The ceiling was at about 3,5 meters and it was super clean, not a grain of dust anywhere. Everything was an open-solution with exeption of the bathroom, and it's been 2-3 years since I had a bath in a bathtub. Been about 2 months since the last shower, only the 2-10 degree water that I washed myself in each day. That night I slept like a baby, and woke up just 6 hours later, fully rested. So today I have been shopping for some decent clothing that I can wear when hanging out with my friends, othervise I would look like I'm straight out of a WW2 war-story as I only had my forest-pants. So I'm getting tired of writing on the bus, the seat is cramped and the road is bumpy sometimes. The drivers doesn't speak english either and when I entered and took my seat, I was directed to another one by one of the chauffeurs. I paid for the seat with panorama-view, so
I got irritated by that. After a while I got up again and asked if I could take the seat I was supposed to have, and they removed their own stuff so I could have the seat. But then I noticed they didn't like my request at all. I thought that was odd. It wasn't much that I paid extra, but it's the principles that matters. Just gonna listen to some music while I enjoy the ride to Presov, a city on the eastern side of Slovakia. So far so good, however I've noticed that people stare at me sometimes. Maybe the hiking-bag, and that they're not accustomed with travelers in general. But for now I'm going to enjoy being in a country I've never been in before, this is the start of a new adventure for me, and I have good expectations about this place I'm going to, Bardejov. It's where I'm going to meet two of my friends from Slovakia and hopefully it's going to be fun. This is the first meeting we've had since we found each other playing online games. I trust them, and I hope they trust me enough to meet me 😊
I got the urge to jump off the train and spend some time in nature in this area, we're in Czechia by this time i think.
is the 29'th country I've visited throughout my life, most of them before I even got to be an adult as my father and mother took me everywhere in Europe and Asia when I was a kid. And that experience was what shaped my understanding of culture and human norms, I knew at only 10 years old that people are exactly the same everywhere, it's only culture that makes us different. I thank my parents for that early experience because that was very important for me as a child and later as an adult. I just wish I was able to remember how to speak all those languages that I did when I was a child, I still speak English, German, Swedish, Norwegian(ofc since it is my native language) and Singhalese. But I knew a whole lot more earlier, but as I never practiced...I forgot most of it. It's going to be interesting to say the least to meet someone that could learn me Slovakian when I'm there and hopefully I'll meet a girl there that will teach me about the culture and language as I'm looking forward to learning a new language and experience a new culture 😊
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