Out of Ukraine and Into Slovakia

Trip Start Apr 24, 2007
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Trip End Jul 09, 2007


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Flag of Slovakia  , Presov,
Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sun 20 May
Today I became very happy that most countries I've been to didn't have much of a border control. I got up early and checked out of Soviet central, well I put my 3lb key on the desk. I guess that's check out. Made it to the bus station with 6mins to spare. A bunch of gypsies kept coming on the bus and begging, the driver came on, sent them off and we were on our way. 10 minutes later and we were at the Ukrainian border. We had to wait on the bus while the border guys came on and collected all the passports. An hour of waiting and they came back on and pulled off a very attractive young girl who spoke the same language as them... and a middle age man speaking English... which none of the other three spoke. I think someone was trying to buy a wife (there are advertisements all over the place to find a wife).  They handed back the rest of our passports and (minus the 2 passengers) we were off!
50ft further and we were at the Slovakian border. We sat there for half an hour then we were all pulled off the bus, had to grab our luggage and head into a big hanger. There the Slovakian border guys randomly searched bags. I got lucky and they didn't go through my backpack. After 3 hours, our passports had all the necessary stamps and we were on our way!
I got to Kosice and never realised how difficult Ukraine had been until I realised that within half an hour I had gotten the schedule, changed money, got a sandwich and was already on a bus to Bardejov! That would have probably taken 2 hours for me in Ukraine. The countryside here looks like something out of a fairytale; rolling hills, little villages with chickens in the yard, bright churches and the odd castle along the way. I'm loving it!
Once in Bardejov, I found a room through the tourist info. A huge double with a kick ass bathroom (all for me!) in a bed and breakfast :) All for about $20 a night. Went and had a quick look around town starting with the church which had 11 original alters from the 15 century. Very impressive. Also climbed the tower for a view of the main square and the area around the town. Gorgeous.  It is such a cute town with a walled old town and a huge square with perfectly symmetrical patches of grass in front of each building facing into the square. A quick check of my emails and it was time for dinner. Found a little basement restaurant and had a beer, sauerkraut and sausage soup and some cheese and potato perogies (perohy here). Now that's a meal! Had another wee wander around the town before coming back to my huge room!  
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