Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
51Trip End May 01, 2012
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We did get into the spirit the other day and went out on a pub crawl. I must be getting old because the whole next day I was unable to transfer thoughts to my mouth and my skull felt like it had shrunk an inch compressing my brain. We did enjoy ourselves though. The crawl started at a rock bar that had a distinctly Oscars (Frankston hangout for underworld personalities and middle aged, single desperados) feel to it and although the band played many American and English rock songs I couldn’t sing along because the words the singer sung were different to the words I know. Next we hit a couple of clubs that felt like hallways with high chairs and American pop music blasting behind the bar- I now know every word to JLo’s floor song and Britney’s latest shit sandwich. On the way home we stopped for kebabs and were patiently waiting in the line when we heard a word I hadn’t heard for three months- SNATCH. I think his exact words were “how was the snatch?” when asking about a club. I burst out laughing and the bloke knew immediately that I was Australian and understood the word. We had a quick chat and turns out that he is from Slovakia, lived in Queensland for five years and was back home on a holiday. Who would have guessed? Snatch, it still makes me laugh (if there’s anyone who doesn’t understand what a snatch is ask a bloke)
Slovakia has been a highlight. Firstly, we had a fantastic tour (guide was an Aussie named Timmy- see what I’m talking about) and he told us all about the history of Slovakia, their independence and allegiances during the war. The best part about the city itself is the traffic, its non-existent. I think there are more cars on the road in Edenhope than in Bratislava, which is the capital city. There are also many statues dotted around the streets, but not like the big naked fountain statues you see in most other countries. These are nameless people in natural poses, like a statue of a man taking a photograph around the corner of a building, or coming up out of a sewer. It’s really cool. At first we thought they were street performers that you see all over Europe who paint themselves and hold poses for hours on end for tips. Also, yesterday there was an Arts and Crafts festival so the streets were full of people dressed in traditional Slovak clothes and stalls where locals made wooden barrels, hammocks, widdled wood and used old school sewing contraptions to make table cloths and doyly’s
Briony and Graeme hope that Part 2 of your wedding in Melbourne was the best, from what we have heard it was an awesome night. Happy Fathers Day to both of our Dad's we hope you had a nice day and Timmy we hope you had a great first Father’s Day. Cocko I’ll probably message you after the Hawks beat Geelong on the weekend.
Next time you hear from us we will be in Austria, home of the Von Trapps and Mr. Universe himself Arnold Schwarzenegger.