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Trip Start May 24, 2006
Trip End Aug 02, 2006

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Bratislava is an amazing city. A lot of people come here for a day and then leave and go onward. It's a day trip from Vienna on the pathway between Prague and Budapest often. I feel sorry for them because Bratislava still has a lot to discover and the people here are so friendly. I've spend about twenty-four hours here and I've barely even scratched the surface. I went to the National Gallery and I didn't expect it to be much but it turned out that I absolutely loved the exhibition and the way they presented it was top notch. I went so late in the day that I wasn't even able to get all the way into the permanent exhibition which had a lot of Gothic and Baroque artwork. I spent most of my time in the Autopoesie section which was all about self-photography and self-portraiture. To me, as a psychologist, it was interesting to see how artists decided to portray themselves and also to see how the artist was living at that period in his/her life. With many artists they committed suicide so it was important to me to see if there was anything that would show me that the artist was in a deep depression or hopeless for life. If anything, I was able to see deep introspection, but using Hammer's Kinetic Drawings (at least what I know of it, which is actually little), I could not yet see the despair or hopelessness that lead the artists to their doom. However, there was one piece which I thoroughly analyzed. It was a simple line drawing of the artist's body but which certain sections, the artist decided to draw heavy thick and repetitive lines. To me it was important to see where the lines ended to see how the artist perceived himself. The lines at the tip of the foot often separated and therefore I realized that the artist has a strong sense of back vs. front. The lines were very heavy in the front. It told me that he wants to clearly define what he shows in his face and torso and that he leaves himself vulnerable in back. It showed some superficiality in how he presents himself. I also believe that it showed that he guards himself too heavily in the way that he drew the lines with intense pressure. It was an intentional pressure that he puts upon himself. I wish I knew more about Kinetic Drawings so I could have put further analysis upon this drawing and all others. It was a very good psychological study even if I had done it incorrectly.

As for Bratislava, I still have to see a few museums, the old castle ruins outside of the city, I still have another side of the Old City that I haven't explored, there are so many museums here that are reasonably priced and worthwhile. I'm staying three days three nights here and I've soon realized that I might not even see everything I wanted. The Old City is one of the most beautiful I've seen before. There are so many pedestrian streets and there are worthwhile statues, monuments and fountains to see. All in all, I'm liking Slovakia a lot.
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