Sep 03, 2011
I took a bus from Prague, Czech Republic to Bratislava, Slovakia merely because I saw a flyer advertising cheap bus rides for the bargain price of 9 euro. It actually ended up being 13 plus 1 euro for my backpack but still a reasonably cheap ride to another country. Slovakia and Czech Republic were at one time a country known as Czechoslovakia so I figured it was only fair to visit both. I really liked Bratislava, it was quite a bit smaller than Prague and had way less tourist. I felt very welcomed and the people seemed super nice. I am not sure if it is because they are not as used to having as many tourist or if I just seemed like the type of person they should be friendly to? There is not a whole lot to see in Bratislava but there is a lot of history and you can take a nice stroll down the banks of the Danube river. You can wander down the cobble stone pedestrian paths winding through the old city center which is filled with nice little shops and restaurants. One or two nights is plenty of time to stay and enjoy what the city has to offer. I stayed at Hostel Blues one night which I highly recommend with its great atmosphere and clean facilities and for 14 euro a night with towel and bed linens Hostel Blues was great. Although when you are on a super tight budget like I am, every dollar counts. So the next night I moved across the street to Patio Hostel for only 10 euro a night which also included a towel and bed linens. I do have a small travel towel but it is always nice when the hostel loans you one so you dont have to mess with packing a wet towel. The savings of 4 euro a night might not seem like it is worth it to pack up and switch hostels but when all of your money is outgoing and not a penny of it is incoming, it makes a huge difference. Besides all that how hard is it to pack a backpack that only consists of 3 short sleeve T-shirts, 2 long sleeve T-shirts, one pair of shorts, one pair of pants, 7 pair of low rise tennis socks (because they pack lighter and tighter than long socks and by the time you get to the eighth pair the first pair you wore should be aired out enough to wear again if time or place to wash has not been available), 1 set of long johns (which is a must have when changing from climate to climate bouncing from one country to the other and they do not take up much room in the pack), deodorant and of course toothbrush and paste. This inventory does not include the clothes I am wearing. It doesn't sound like a lot of clothes for a one year trip around the world but the weight adds up fast and if for some reason you lose your whole pack it won't be hard to replace everything you own to get back on the road again. And staying on the road is what matters.