Visiting bratislava

Trip Start Dec 23, 2006
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Trip End Jan 07, 2007


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Sunday, January 7, 2007

it was about 10pm when we finally arrived in bratislava. unfortunately, zach noticed that somebody had stolen his well hidden 250€ savings... that really sucks! we looked for a nice bar where gabriel could pick us up and found the kgb-bar. pretty nice place. but the toilet was disgusting. i was so happy when gabriel arrived, so nice to meet hc-people again.. i got to know him when he was is bern. we went together to the street parade in zurich and hh through switzerland, visited my grandparents, spent some funny nights on the bank of the aegerisee and in lucerne. and now i'm in his town!! he brought us home by car (he lives about 15km away from the city centre). and, next big surprise for zach, on our way to his place, all around us there were vineyards!! zach is a future winemaker-student, so he was really delighted. at gabriel's place we had some talks, tasted his own wine and went to bed soon. the next day, zach and me discovered the city, went up the hill to the castle and made a snowman:) now you sure wanna know from where this snow came from, right?? maybe 3days before it must have snowed in bratislava. they cleaned the parking lot in the yard of the castle and made a heap. no snow was left, except for this. have a look at the pics :) for dinner, we bought some food, sometimes we were a bit swamped, cause everything was just written in slovak, so it's hard to find out the difference between milk, cream, sour cream etc. but it worked somehow. what really surprised me, as a shop employee, is that you don't weigh your fruits and vegetables yourself, there's a guy sitting there with scales in front of him, doing it for everybody. weird... so back to gabriel and let's cook. mhhhmmm, we made a delicious vegetable gratin with heaps of cheeeeese. the next days we spent more or less in the city, visiting this and that, chatting, having some drinks here and there.
one day we passed by a really lovely restaurant where you can also order slovak food. so we reserverd a table for 8pm for the three of us. we did some more sightseeing, zach wanted to buy wine, i had to check my mails, so we split up, he went to an antique-looking wineshop, i went to an internet cafe, recommended by the tourist information, where we also wanted to meet again. unfortunately, the internet was not running in my cafe, so i went to tesco (supermarket) 'cause there was a internet cafe as well. i wanted to call zach but his mobile phone was switched off. but i knew, we would meet at the latest at 8pm. for about one hour i was checking mails and stuff when zach also arrived in tesco. smart enough to go to another internet cafe when he realized that the first was closed. the shop he wanted to go to was also closed ("inventura") like so many other shops and wine-cellars he wanted to visit. poor guy, seemed to be in paradise, surrounded by thousends of vine bottles, but he couldn't taste one of it... so we were in this internet cafe, i had somehow lost my german (me, the GERMAN STUDENT, had to ask a CANADIAN how to write "danach". that's almost too embarrassing for appearing in my travelpod...) and paid way too much for it. what to do now? it wasn't 8 yet, but already dark and not that warm... so i suggested to drink something somewhere. what about a pastis??? but where in bratislava do you get it? we were in couple of bars, had a look at the menu, asked the waiters... took us quite a while till we found one. and there it took me quite a while till i realized that this bar was really small, all the people on my left side are actually mirror images. yeah yeah, not my brainy day... sadly, pastis didn't really do zach any good, he felt strange, almost down. so no more pastis, moving to the restaurant "blue star", where we ordered wine (of course) and after gabriel had arrived also our meals. i ate a slovak speciality, described as "mummy's specialty", meat with a sauce made of puréed vegetables and some pommes duchesse, shaped like a star. zach tried THE slovak specialty, a kind of spätzle but the flour is mixed with potatoes. and it was also served with bacon (altough it was listed under "vegetarian meals". reeeeally delicious! mhmm! the restaurant was half built into the rock so we were sitting in a grotto. there was just one annoying thing, a one-man-band trying to flirt with me. terrible. with his keyboard. grr! (rem, remember "dr päppu"?). after this we went to gabriel's most favourite bar (really nice interior!) and back home.

another evening, we had just eaten kind of a hamburger, when fire engines passed by. about 5min later, we were just crossing the bridge to go to the ufo-restaurant on top of one bridge pier (ca.100m), we saw those huge flames... was a bit frightening. when we arrived at the bottom of this pier it was written that you have to pay 100crowns to get up. so... no thanks, i skip that... (but we both peed on it, hehe). the castle is on top of a hill so we decided to go there. the fire was still burning, maybe 2km away of us. i asked a passer-by if he knew what was burning there. he knew it... it was just a british petrol factory, burning some remains...it was normal... ahhhaaa.
on our way back to gabriels home, we decided to finally make our french hour. so from 9.42 on, we were just speaking french. bur zach had this weird canadian accent, so after about half an hour in a bus, pretending to be french, he changed to german. so he spoke german and i spoke french. from the bus station (3km from gabriel's home), we hh, still speaking our language mix. hell, this was funny, the car driver was pretty confused about these strange tourists...

on our last day, we visited a castle, about 35km away from gabriel's home. we took the bus, then we had to walk for about 30min. we bought our tickets. all the guided tours are just in slovak, but you can get a written text in your language (for 10crowns of course), and follow the guide by reading and guessing what she might be talking about. zach took english, i took german. funnily enough, what was written on our papers was not the same. seems like in german there happened other things than in the english version. and the russian version even had some pictures. cool! when you wanted to take pictures, you had to pay 100crowns. so i took some in unsupervised moment (so sorry for the bad quality). but it was fun anyway....!!! we went home again by hitchhiking of course... :)
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