In the land of Eurotrip and Hostel

Trip Start Jun 29, 2013
Trip End Jul 28, 2013

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Flag of Slovakia  , Bratislava,
Sunday, July 7, 2013

I arrived in Vienna on Saturday night.  I checked in at my dorm, and we went to Mass in German. I was pretty much the youngest person in the church by at least 40 years.  It doesn't seem like the church does much to attract younger generations in Europe.  The church reminded me a lot of the one I used to go to in Spain.  It was not in a central part of the city and is probably not a very important church at all, but it was somehow far more beautiful than any church in Tulsa.  It's easy to tell that churches were once the central place of importance in many neighborhoods and that significant amounts of money was spent in beautifying them.

 Bratislava is only an hour from Vienna by train, so we took a day trip on Sunday.  I'm sure that many of you have no idea where Bratislava is, or if you do, if you're anything like me, your knowledge of it is based only on the movies Eurotrip and Hostel.  In Eurotrip they claim that everything in Bratislava costs 1 penny and you can live like a king.  In Hostel, Bratislava has an organ trade industry supplied by unwilling backpackers.  Of course, neither of these is true, however backpacking in Bratislava decreased by 75% in the year following the release of Hostel.  The tourism industry should sue.  I hope I can convince you that it is very safe, and worth the trip.

I would suggest a day trip to Bratislava to anybody planning to spend a week or more in Vienna.  You need only about 6 hours to see most of the sights and get a good meal.  The free walking tour in Bratislava is probably the best that I've ever been on.  We took a tram up the mountain to see the castle, but I've heard it's a pretty easy hike if you don't have a problem with walking.

We also had one of my favorite European dishes ever.  It's called Halusky and it is the national dish of Slovakia.  It is basically potato gnocchi smothered in sheep's cheese and topped with crumbled bacon.  I'm not kidding.  It was like magical mac and cheese prepared by angels.  Do not miss out on Halusky if you go to Bratislava! 

School starts Monday!
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