Trip Start Feb 12, 2010
Trip End Jul 29, 2010

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Flag of Slovakia  , Bratislava,
Monday, April 5, 2010

We had just one full day to explore the city of Bratislava so of course it was freezing, windy, and rainy. The city is pretty small so one day ended up being plenty of time to see everything. There were a lot of pretty buildings as well as funny statues. Around one we went to lunch to warm up. We went to the Slovak Pub and got lots of food because it was finally cheap! We got two beers and three main dishes for just 6 euros each! The first dish we got was a traditional Slovakian dish that is potato dumplings covered with sheep's cheese. It was really good but very rich. We also got perogis and goulash which were really good as well. After this meal we didn't really want to move but we had to get up to this castle on the hill that overlooks the city. It seems like construction is happening everywhere here right now and the castle was no exception. We couldn't go in anywhere but we walked around it and then stopped for a hot wine at a restaurant on top. The rest of the afternoon we finished seeing the rest of the city pretty easily. However none of the shops were open April 4th (Easter) and on April 5th there is another holiday celebrated there. Apparently on this day men are supposed to dump buckets of water on womens heads and whip them with freshly cut willow branches. This is supposed to help with womens fertility (obviously). In return for the men being so kind women must make them various treats as a thank you. Thankfully no water was dumped on my head and I wasn't whipped but I did see some boys walking around with whips. I guess this holiday is celebrated in some other Eastern European countries as well. I wonder what crazy holiday will be celebrated next here!
The next morning we decided to go back to this baby blue colored church we saw the previous day that was closed. We figured any church that looked so different on the outside must be really different on the inside as well. Turns out the inside wasn't as crazy as the outside but it was still cool. After that we bought some food at the store and got on the train to Budapest!
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