Small incident in a pretty country and a rival bus

Trip Start May 12, 2007
Trip End May 27, 2007

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

These early mornings of getting up at 6am almost made me feel like I was going to work, almost only I would be sitting on my bum watching the scenery go by. Leaving at 7:30a, we would be in 3 countries today with 2 border crossings. Our first stop was at the Slovak border around 10 to which we were told it would be the bare minimum and to take toilet paper with us. Yes it was just 2 toilets and nothing else, thank goodness we didn't have to pay! Although this one could have used the donation! We were stopped here for an hour and I had to use the BR again, but by this time, another tour bus stopped so the womens line was long. At one point, some women were using the mens room. I was afraid that our bus would be leaving, and I saw a guy come out and no more going in, so I decided to chance it. I go in and open the door to the one stall and lo and behold a man was in there! Luckily, he was standing and had his back to me, so I quickly closed the door and ran out! I don't think he saw me, well at least I hope not!

Going through Slovakia was really pretty except for some work-plants that ruined the scenery in certain areas. Tunde even pointed out an area where Gypsies lived. All I can say is that these people didn't take care of their living area. It was very run down. Most of what we saw of Slovakia was green hills, different types of trees, small rivers and a few houses made of wood. We stopped at a McDonald's for lunch and were told not to get hamburgers since it could not be known how long they were out. She said it was fine to get fries and other things, just not meat. I opted for fries, coke and ice cream. They accepted euros but in return we received Slovak money. I didn't mind that since I wanted a collection of all the different countries money. The McDonald's was really nice and actually better looking than some of the ones in the USA.

Back on the bus, we passed a castle on the left that was in the Dracula movie called Orava Castle built in the 13th century. It was spooky looking and sat on a hill. I would have loved to had gone inside! There was a "rival bus" that was trying to be ahead of us all day that had Americans on it. They would pass us and try to hit the stops before we did. At one point, they were in a hurry only to be stopped a few cars ahead of us because of a motorbike accident. I was sad to leave Slovakia since it was only a "drive thru". I do want to see more of this country and spend time in it, especially Bratislava. Maybe someday I will.
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