Just the one night, thanks...

Trip Start Feb 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, June 9, 2005

We rocked up to Bratislava around lunchtime on a train from Budapest. We didn't bother booking accommodation because we were confident that hostel owners and/or little old grannies would be there to greet us and offer accommodation. We couldn't have been more wrong. After stepping of the train and having a quick look around, we realized that it wasn't going to be that easy. We moved onto plan B, which was to hunt down the hostel listed in our lonely planet book. We found the hostel with relative ease but quickly found that they were completely chockers. So it was onto the second hostel in Bratislava across the other side of the city. After walking around with our backpacks for a couple of kilometers, we then found out that the only other hostel in Bratislava was also full. We then spent the next few hours trying to hunt down budget accommo.

We honestly thought that Bratislava would be a little of the beaten track, and we had read somewhere that it's a city usually left out by the mobs of tourist who flock into Prague and Budapest. This wasn't to be the case and as soon as we stepped into the old town we ran into the mass of tour groups, the "ja ja ja's" of the German tourists and the inevitable fresh of a Ryanair flight English stag party goers.

So as you can imagine, finding budget accommo in this town was a little more difficult than we imagined.So we walked into an accommodation agency with our tails between our legs *(what u didn't know we had tails?) to beg for some cheap accommodation. Once we got there, we ran into a group of three Sweedes who we had talked to earlier in the day. They had already hooked up a room and were waiting for the owner to pick them up. I suggested that it would be cool if we all shared the same room and split the costs five ways. They agreed but when the owner arrived he didn't think it was such a great idea. So Nads and I picked the cheapest place on the list, we were told that the 'lady' would pick us up at 3.45pm to take us to the apartment. After sitting around for a bit, the 'lady' who had miraculously turned into a braided teenage dude who looked like he was straight out of an MTV video clip took us to our apartment on the ass end of town. In all fairness though, the kid was super friendly, really helpful and the apartment was ok. Except for the fridge, I opened it up and something almost pulled me in, it was pretty nasty in that fridge.

So after spending a large chunk of the day looking for somewhere to stay, we were both buggered and a little bit cranky. We went for a walk around the town, which is pretty nice - check it out if your ever in this part of Europe. We spent the rest of our time in Bratislava drowning our sorrows with cheap beer and equally cheap wine. The next day it was onto Prague a little seedy.
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