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Slovakia

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This is one of those blogs were we are going to let the pictures do the talking. We only spent about 36 hours in Slovakia which is clearly not long enough to form any sort of definitive opinion on the country.

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We had our first Slovakian experience en route to Hungary when we stopped to pick up a quick lunch at Plesivic, near the border. Rob disappeared into a local cafe and emerged with his own personal shopper who decided to escort him through the local supermarket and 'translate' for him, despite not speaking a word of English! She did manage to convey that she had several sons living in London, which probably explains why everyone looked at her when Rob turned up asking if anyone spoke English...

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The Plesivic market... Helpfully, it was closed

Two days later, after checking out Hungary, we were back in Slovakia, heading to the capital Bratislava.

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Bratislava castle

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Although the Slovakian capital was chilled out and had an easy going atmosphere, the fact that they had adopted the euro meant that it was quite expensive compared to other eastern European cities, particularly as its Old Town was not as flash when compared to Wroclaw, Split or Budapest.

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The UFO Bridge - Apparently there is a nightclub at the top... We're still not sure how they get people up there

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A random trip hazard...

We still enjoyed our walk around the city and shared a (massive) plate of the local dumplings although the Slovakian idea of dumplings was closer to an Italian gnocchi, or a potato spaetzle, than what we had expected.

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We called it a night after checking out the KGB bar on the funky Obchodna Street...

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Naturally we couldn't leave without a photo with the Boss

Our impression of Slovakia was pretty good, although we didn't really have much time there. The people were generally very friendly and we didn't encounter any real problems. The biggest issue with Slovakia, as far as we can figure it, is that under the euro it simply can't compete with neighbouring countries for cheap travel – it would be interesting to head back to places like Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic if they eventually adopt the euro and see how it changes things...

Posted by RobandEve 06:02 Archived in Slovakia

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