Communist Hostel

Trip Start Apr 05, 2007
Trip End Aug 15, 2007

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Got train to Zilina with english couple we saw in the Tatras and found accommodation togheter at the local hostel.  It was certainly cheap but not entirely cheerful.  It was 10min walk from centre via underpasses and narrow alleyways.  The building was a communist looking blcok which may have b een a "facility" of some sort, with bars over lots of doors, long empty corridors and showers with no doors or curtains.  However the sheets appeared clean, the windows opened and closed and the door locked!
Enjoyed strolling around town - 2 huge squares with cute cafes, tons of outdoor seating and yummy cheap ice cream (pineapple now my 2nd fav. flavour).  Lovely architecture but buildings largely still run down which may be one reason why we felt like the only tourists ethere but once the area is renovated it will be stunnning.  It s a gateway to the nearby Mala Fatra Natinoal Park and brewery in Martin so def plenty to do.  That night we enjoyed some local brews whiel the boys watched Champions League final - the locals were all cheering for Liverpool so no venemous looks!
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