Communism Fun

Trip Start Nov 26, 2005
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Okay the new instalement is ready. Now, Bratislava which you may or may not know has a very pretty little old town, but it has rained the entire time so I was a little wet and tired from exploring.

An interesting mix between the old city and the communistic enhancements of Russia. Let me explain. Bratislava's old town (like most old towns) is very pretty, with a castle and cobblestone streets and fountains. However, the communists built an interesting project just outside the old city with large square buildings, in exact measurements all in neat little rows and in communistic coulours, pink, green?? Somewhat ugly. They also built a bridge which was supposed to bring together the old and the new. However, they put a huge spaceship at top of the bridge in the form of an observation tower. Now turned into a really good bar.

I headed back into the rain and thought I'd take refuge in one of the beautiful old churches. I noticed a large crowd of people inside and since I was wet and tired from walking decided to sit near the front, just to look. I suddenly had this strange feeling that I shouldn't be there, when DING the bells rung out and the priest and altar boy come out of the back. Perfect timing, just in time for mass. well it can't be that long I thought. Plus it was pretty busy and I felt rude about leaving in the middle. So I sat through an hour and a half of my first ever Mass (i'm Jewish remember) in the Slovak language. A definite must for every traveler.

I decided that since I had been in church, perhaps my luck had improved and decided to go to the casino. As one does in Slovakia. I had found a free 10 euro voucher from some magazine the day before and thought I'd make use of it. After being interogated for 15 minutes, passport given, photo taken, thumprints, laser eye imprint they allowed me entry into their vestibule. There were 15 large employees and myself. I guess blackjack hasn't caught on yet. After much talking with the head boss, they finally relenquished their 10 euro chip and told me I had to play it on one hand. So I sat at the blackjack table with Stefan my dealer and told him it as my only chip so, "Make it last." I turned it into about 50 euros and was playing 2 euro hands (going up and down) I finally felt the need to just bet it all and lost it with one sweep of the cards, but it could have been a big night.
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