Bratislava

My first time in Slovakia and I didn’t really know what to expect from this place. Well, the people were amazingly nice, overall, the prices low, and the food amazing.  I don’t know what else to add since I was pretty dang busy there the whole time and barely had any time to explore the city.  I’d say this: definitely worth a visit, if you have a chance.  The city has some history, the castles and older buildings are quite interesting, and the ugly scars of the Soviet era are fading quickly.  Let’s see what I did have time to catch.

First and foremost, Dunai is not blue!! it’s more green than anything.  I also don’t think I’m using the right name for this river: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danube, I suppose, is more of a correct way to call it.

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The river walk is pretty impressive.  Much more so than in Philly, for example.

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Oh, ad skating is encouraged here rather than discouraged.  This is my kind of a place.

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Still, older building are everywhere; slowly fading into history.

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Morning cleaning crew.

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My high school looked kind of like this.

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Wy War, indeed?!

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In the six days I’ve been here, the cigarette shop was open exactly zero times.

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Public trans system is strong with this one. And red seems the color of choice, too.

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Many streets are in desperate need of fixing (speaking of skater-friendly city…).

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Soviet architecture…

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Is next to the modern alternatives…

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Still, the Soviets have left their mark, for sure.

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But the city is recovering.

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Modern technology is hard at work here… yeah…

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Oh, of course I had to visit a castle, why not?

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The views are nothing short of amazing.

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And the place puts on a show with eagles and such. Owls, too.  Nice.

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You can even pet them.  Petting zoo, of sorts.  If I had any kids, I think they’d get a kick out of this place.

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SELFY TIME!

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This reminds me of some movies. Not as hot as you’d think.  Weather is very cooperative here.

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Views are nice, right?

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Just imagine yourself sitting the watch here, waiting for some invading army or some-such.

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You can practice shooting bow while you wait, too.

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This is where the local cops live.

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And this is what they drive.

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And this is how they travel… Nah, just some silly art for kids.  Nifty.

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This is, like, a copy of the university I has started working for before I left Russia… Same layout!

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Here we a have a set of modern buildings, leaning against an ancient wall.  Very cool, if you think about it.

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Too early for the vendors to be open.  Bet this is full of the likes of me in the evening!

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Just like in the US, everyone’s got their own dish here.

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Overlooking the flower beds, placed here for the tourists.  This has got to be one of the best places to live in the city.

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Wait…

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Seriously!?!

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Lovely here.

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And this Roman sign… ROMAN! Gosh, this place is old…

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So, this is early 3D.  The ceiling is painted, not actually real, and there is only one spot in the church where you have to stand for the ceiling to look real.  Dope!

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DJ is setting his shit up in the morning, preparing for a fun time by the river.

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The city is waking up.

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Cops are chill. Oh, and the stupid beards made it out here as well.  Sigh.

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We have out little banquet before leaving.

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With a memorable laser show, too.

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And hordes of local dance teams: this is that the local organizers think the tourists want to remember, I suppose.

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Evening walk home is, as usual, full of nice views to look up to.

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Nite cap and I’m off to nap before another long day.

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Definitely, Bratislava is a city I need to spend some more time in and get to know.  People do speak English here so it won’t be too hard. I’ll come back soon and play.

Toodles

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