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Flag of Slovakia  , Bratislava,
Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter and welcome to my pit stop in Bratislava for 4 hours. Bratislava is 400 square kilo meters with 5,000,400 people in city. We saw a palace where the prime minister is living (ra coco palace). In 1527, Bratislava became part of the Austrian kingdom. The official tv network, finished in 1985, is an upside down pyramid.  We saw the president of the country's palace but he is not the head of the government, its a republic not monarchy. They have an election for the president every 5 years and parliament every 4 years. We also saw the new parliament building, which was established in 1918 after the country became a republic. (Located in the historical center) There are 150 members of parliament with 6 political parties. We drove though the neighborhoods and saw the "white house" which is a smaller version of the real white house (it is home to the US embassy). A famous church, which saw 19 crownings, has a gold crown on top, made out of 20 pounds of gold, 5 feet wide and 7 feet tall. Around the corner from the church there is a statue of little boy who was naked going to the bathroom. The story behind it is that he was going to the bathroom, stood up to see the crowning procession go by and a famous artist saw this little naked boy and decided to replicated it on a smaller scale. Through out the town there are statues all over the place. There is on who is looking in his camera around a corner who his nicknamed paparazzi. Another is a bronze man coming out of a storm drain who will bring you good luck if you rub the top of his hard hat.      
For lunch I had lamb with mashed potatoes. It was one of the best lamb dishes slash dishes I've ever had. For dessert Andi had gnocchi. But it was sweet gnocchi with melted butter, powdered sugar (ice sugar) and poppy seeds. It was so light and fluffy. The whole thing intrigued me. It all went together so nicely but you wouldn't think it would. We had a two hour lunch not on purpose but because our waitress did not like us (for example I went up to her to ask her a question and she replied "go sit back down now", it took us almost 45 minutes to get someone to bring us our check so we were late getting back to the bus). 
Celebrating a holiday without my family is just not the same. This year was my first easter not dying eggs and having an egg hunt. While I am loving all the traveling, its days like this that make you miss home and your family. But rumor has it Aunty Karen said she would dye some eggs with me, because it was her first year not doing it either, when I get home. My roommate Paige is going to try and hide balls of colored paper so I can find them when we get to the hotel in Prouge so I don't have to go a whole year without an easter egg hunt! 
Happy Easter!!!!!! 
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