Stopover in Bratislava

Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

After packing my bag early in the morning I left Cesky Krumlov for a short stay in Bratislava, Slovakia.  My route took me through Ceske Budejovice and over to Brno in southwest Czech Republic.  I had a layover there for about an hour.  It was raining quite hard in the city so I decided to stay on the platform and it was there that I was entertained by what I'm sure was a drunk Czech man.  I don't know any of the Czech language, but I'm pretty sure his singing and comments to the passing crowds weren't in any understandable dialect...but definitely made the hour go by a little faster.  Good thing for the Czech Republic though, he got on a train to Vienna not too long before I got mine to Bratislava.

Not too many tourists in Bratislava.  Not too much to do.  I spent one full day there and that was all you need.  The place is filled with great street graffiti, but not too much in the way of culture, or anything at all really.  You can walk the whole town in no time at all, pretty small and filled with empty buildings that seem as though they have been lying unused for years.  Many broken windows as well.  When I first arrived in the city I was felt as though it was a little sketch, but after a night there I had a whole different perspective.  Bratislava is not your typical European city, such as Prague or Vienna.  Not as much culture, nightlife, or tourist-filled. 

Although the city was a little dull, it was worth the stop for a few reasons.  Firstly, to see that not all European capitals are full of the same typical European glamour and stereotypes.  Seeing Bratislava and how different it is to some of the other capital cities in Europe has given me a peek into what stereotypes of this region we see in the west.  I also met some amazing people in my hostel in the Slovakian capital.  Two boys from Turkey, with their moderate English skills, sense of humour, and party attitude were the funniest people I have met so far.  I will akways remember them getting back to the hostel at 6am, walking up at 8 and the hostel owner asking them why they stayed out so late.  In broken English they told him "It was mistake, yes."  Along with their Turkish accent made for some pretty good laughs in the room.  There were also an Australian and Kiwi who were backpacking together, ironically the Australian is going to be looking for a job in Vancouver, very cool!  Funny story, two other girls in the room, also from Australia, were traveling together and stayed in the hostel dorm room with us.  Ironically one of them used to be good friends with the Australian in the other group and both had no idea each other were traveling.  To end up in the same hostel, especially in Bratislava makes for a small world.

I also met my first fellow Canadian on my journey.  A guy around my age from Edmonton.  He's off to China to find work as well.  Shanghai if I remember correctly.  Spent the night with him and an Englishman chatting about all sorts of things over beers and goulash.  All for great prices!

Off to do some hiking in Tatras Mountains of East Slovakia soon.  Right after a restful night of doing not so much!
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Christina on

I like to take photos with all kinds of statues with different facial expression. Oh, Stalin has a great relationship with China. You know, I am not that good at HISTORY, but I still know him. Because he appeared in my history book from my middle school, high school to my college!!! OMG~ Maybe until now, I am a teacher...

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