Trip Start Apr 24, 2007
63Trip End Jul 09, 2007
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Went to catch the bus to Bardejovske Kupele and the one at 10 never came. I don't care, even the little hassles today could not bring me down. Once came shortly after 11 and I was on my way. The guy made me buy a return ticket which turned out later to only be one way, but that still couldn't kill my mood.
Bardejovske Kupele is a spa town which people having being going to since the 15th century for the healing powers of the mineral springs
I started at a building that had a long counter with about a dozen sinks along it. I got my little cup filled up with fresh spring mineral water that comes from the area and is meant to have therapeutic powers. It smelt a bit like well water but I gave it a go. Did feel a bit different/better after, but I think it was just in my head or because of my incredibly good mood.
Next stop was the spa where I booked 3 treatments; a "banking", a mineral bath and a classic massage. Less than 20 bucks for all three, smiling even more now! The place was what I would picture if communism did spas. It reminded me of a larger version of a small town hospital, complete with all the girls in white uniforms. First up was the banking treatment. A woman comes in and asks "what's your pain" and then put suction cups over that part of your back. Not sure if it worked but I now have a few perfect red circles on my back as a souvenir. Next was the mineral bath. It was a long room that had a bunch of sliding curtains (again like a hospital) on three sides of each tub
With my Slovakian spa experience complete, I went out smiling and started towards the open air museum. It was great. They had everything from the churches built without nails to the old water wheel, even a pig barn! Everything was from some of the surrounding villages and were from 100-200 years ago.
After the cramped bus back to Bardejov, I figured it was time for a beer. Found a spot in the square and had a quick pint and enjoyed the scenery before wandering around the town for a bit
I had my (very very yummy) chicken cordon blue, fried potato slices and salad and then he was back and the waitress brought over another beer. The couple stuck around for a bit and I chatted with them and once they left the cook and the waitress joined me and my new buddy sitting across the table. They spoke a little English, but it wasn't long until my phrasebook was out and they were trying to learn new sayings. My new buddy had "Miss Canada" and "I love you" down pretty quick, while the other two quickly learned how to call him a big baby and a little man
I arrived back at the guesthouse at the same time as the guy who ran it. Stayed up a bit longer and chatted to him. He was telling me all about his trip to Ontario and Montreal last year. Finally it was time for bed, after he listed off about 10 extra options for breakfast in the morning (I thought today was great but tomorrows might even be better!) I headed upstairs for sleep. Today was such a brilliant day that tomorrow's going to have some big shoes to fill.