Day11 Mo, July 23 My Beautiful Wife!

Trip Start Jul 13, 2012
Trip End Aug 16, 2012

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Flag of Slovakia  , Bratislava,
Monday, July 23, 2012

Another day off to see the sights. AND its the day Cat and the girls arrive! Damn all my clothes smell bad - time to wash again.

The only laundry-mat in Bratislava seems to be Flipper Wash which is way out on the West side. Screw that. Once I switched from the hostel to the apartments (literally the next door over) I got down to business and started hand washing everything in the bathtub. With my trusted detergent in one hand and absolutely nothing else as I was stark naked I began the hard task of washing the clothes. Man there was a lot of road dirt on those clothes. That happens, especially on wet days and the oil and grease rise to surface of the water on road and splash all over. Task down.

Let me go back to the start of the day. Both Penelope and I surprisingly had a semi-normal night's sleep. I get the impression from her she could sleep on a pile of rocks and dream all night long. I walked her to the bus stop and carried her backpack. I have no idea how she can carry that much weight around with her - she has been traveling for months. She is one strong, tenacious interesting woman. I hope to meet up with her someday. She is welcome at my place is she ever decides to visit Ottawa - though it might not be spicy enough there for her personality :o)

I really felt at ease in Bratislava and decided to not do the touristy places and just walk around and absorb the atmosphere. There is definitely a relaxed feel to the place even though it is fairly lively. The city is really modernizing without losing its sense of self direction and there is a lot of art work and free cultural experiences. 

Finally Cat arrives - I am no longer on this journey by myself. Maybe my pictures will no longer need to be self-photobombed. I made spaghetti for Cat - first time really cooking while on the trip. It turned out alright - just good to have cooked meal. It was great walking around the city with the girls - a different experience than by oneself. At this point my back was starting to become really bad - the only drawback of the day.

After all the issues in Vienna and the bad weather things were feeling great and my sense of self-adventure was back on track. It may have something to do with seeing Cat for the first time since I left Canada. 
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