Onward to bratislava
Trip Start May 16, 2006
30Trip End Aug 16, 2006
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The next day brought some sightseeing in Vienna not overshadowed by the onset of insanity caused by sleep depravation. I ate some wiener schnitzel and drank some coffee, the two staples of Vienna, did some wandering, saw a few sites (the holocause memorial is a joke compared to the one in Berlin) then hit a "house of music" museum that looked interesting from the guidebook. The bits telling about the nature of sound, hearing, etc were fairly interesting, the bits on composers not so much, to me anyway.
Then, today I woke up, cleaned up, packed up, and headed for the train station to head to Bratislava. A couple hours later, here I am, taking a break from going hostel to hostel trying to find one with empty rooms.
Prague has (judging by GDP and general city quality) advanced in leaps and bounds since the days of communism, but Bratislava has not. Prague was packed, and I mean PACKED with tourists. It has the telltale graffiti in places, some run down buildings, but mostly is very beautiful and relatively clean. Really a stunning city. Bratislava, though, covered in graffiti. There are still nice areas, along the Danube and the downtown looked nice from my brief exposure earlier, but look beyond that and there are tons of blocky, boring communist architecture, graffiti, general randown-ness, and of course the alchys. I should note that after getting off the train in Bratislava, I walked up to the tram stop only to find that a man was urinating in the gutter, not 20 feet from a couple dozen respectable-looking citizens. Telling, I suppose. Observations so be continued, I suppose...
[side note: I would upload more pictures, I have a million, but it is a painfully slow process. uploading the first 3 took 5-10 minutes. now that I am in inexpensive slovakia, though, i may be able to dump the lot somewhere.]