Trip Start May 15, 2006
Trip End Sep 29, 2006

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and has recently become a backpackers stop due to its location between Budapest and Prague. Although it is a little rough around the outsides, the city square is beautiful and the castle on the hill really cool. We really liked the place.

We didnīt know where to stay in Bratislava when we were looking it up online because all the accommodations were supposedly overpriced and not very nice. The hostels in town were not well reviewed and the hotels were expensive. Luckily, we came across a name online of a dude that rents out his apartment to travellers and is famous for his hospitality. Jurag(pronounced Yuri) met us at the train station, made our beds on arrival, offered to cook us pizza, did our laundry for free, offered to give us a ride into town(it is a five minute walk), offered us free beer, made us tea, and was just generally a good guy. Everyone online called him a legend and now I know why.

We arrived late in the afternoon after a day on the train and were pretty tired from the crazy techno party the night before and we just wanted to take it easy. Yurag suggested a nice pub called, appropriately, the Slovak Pub that served up good cheap food. We took him up on his suggestion and found it to be a good choice. Cheap food, cheap homemade beer, and good service in what has to be the biggest pub in all of Slovakia. This place was packed with student aged people in a restaurant that had to hold 300 people. There were 12 rooms and every table was full. We all ate the classic Slovak cuisine which consisted of meat and LOTS of potatoes. Potatoes in the soup, potatoes in the meat, potato dumplings, potatoes as the side....I didn't ask but they probably have a potato dessert.

After dinner, we headed back to Jurag's place and called it an early night. The next morning Ryan and Tyler weren't feeling well(they each had a little bit of the flu) and so Monte and I left them to explore the town. We did about everything you could do in Bratislava in that day. We explored the castle, checked out the old town, saw the presidential palace and posed with every statue in sight. Bratislava likes their everyday statues of people and workers and we posed with about 10 of them. Afterwards, Tyler and Ryan were still under the weather and so Monte and I went back to the Slovak Pub for another good meal on the cheap. We trudged back to the hostel in the pouring rain and called it an early night again.

The next morning we were off after wishing Jurag farewell and headed to the bus station for a day of travel up to the Czech Republic and Cesky Krumlov.
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