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Flag of Slovakia  , Trnava,
Saturday, August 16, 2008

There was almost no-one around today as some people left today and most of the others went on an excursion to Vienna.

So I took the opportunity to finally make it to Trnava.

The bus was pretty pleasant of course but the towns before Trnava didn't turn out to be as interesting as I'd thought they'd be.

The first impression of Trnava at the bus station is not a particularly nice one. Very depressed part of town with inhabitants to match.

Fountain by the park where I got off the bus. The fountain's not so bad but the drunks sitting on benches nearby (at midday) didn't give such a good impression of the place.

Of course I headed straight for the old town. That was a different story. Quite picturesque but many parts of it were spoilt by graffiti.

A rather nice building which gives an indication of the grandness of the city in days past.

The nearby monument to the end of the war against fascism as they like to call it here. Of course they all end up being monuments to the Soviet soldier... will they ever get rid of them?

I did get lucky however as there was a big folk concert on with lots of different groups singing and dancing in the main square... with stalls set up selling beer and strange sausages. It was nice to observe the young dancers really enjoying themselves. There wasn't the slightest feeling that they were doing this because they were pushed into it by their parents. They just seemed to be having so much fun.

Yes, there were some impressive churches and nice looking narrow streets as well.

I had one last walk around the old town wall then hopped back on a bus to Kralovy.

Some classic street urchins... They boiserously ran through the crowd at the bus station where one of them (maybe 12 years old) managed to bot a cigarette and a light from someone waiting for a bus. The audacity of it all no doubt gets him as many cigarettes as he wants. They then swarmed all over an old locomotive at the nearby railway station.

Back at the Esperanto school it was just about tea time so as usual I headed up to the restaurant up the road. My Norwegian fellow drinker joined me for a few drinks and he was pretty impressed that the waitresses were much more friendly than usual. After telling them that we were finally leaving the next day they even kept serving us beers long after the usual last drinks. It's always refreshing to see the human side of things.
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