About the Photo Above: Rainy Days in Bratislava
I was only in Bratislava for two nights, enough to see all the historical areas of the city. During the entire time it rained, but I sort of liked the way the light reflected off the stones of the street and seeing all the umbrellas. This was one street I walked down which had a church at the end.
Brats are not from Bratislava
I admit I had my fingers crossed on this one. You may, or may not, have noticed that I like to find a historical connection, or something close to it, for food name to city name. When I visited Hamburg, Germany, I had to go out and eat a hamburger. In Wien, I wanted a Wienerschnitzel and Wiener. French Fries in France… you get the picture. Unfortunately I was told that Brats are from somewhere in Germany, and not from Bratislava. I know, you must be disappointed just like me. Oh well, I’m sure there will be other cities with this fun connection (feel free to contact me with suggestions).
Onion Soup in a Bowl
I went to a Slavakian Pub twice while there. It was raining out both times and the first time I felt compelled to buy onion soup in a bread bowl, the perfect food for a rainy, cold day. And, I was not disappointed. The bread bowl was big and filled with yummy, hot onion soup (thank goodness I didn’t have a date that night!). Photo is below.
The Not So Impressive Castle
Perhaps Disney has ruined many things for me, one of which is my expectations to what a castle should look like. I admit, although I’ve traveled a lot, I’ve not seen a lot of European castles. So, I guess I was not awed by the castle just a stone’s throw from my hostel. It was big, with big, tall walls, but didn’t have a lot of turrets or tall towers, or the jagged up and down jigsaw type roofline. Well, below is a photo so you can judge for yourself.
Costs in Bratislava
Costs were similar to the USA (except lodging of cheaper hostels).
Hostel: $14/night (shared dorm) including breakfast
Food: typically $3 to $5 meal for lunch or dinner
Transportation: the metro was 80¢ (short distance based on zones)
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