24 Hours in Bratislava

My plan to blog about the week long Eastern Europe trip all in one go has naturally been delayed by 2 4 weeks now.  However, given my South Africa Part 1 post was months after the trip, and I have not done parts 3, 4, 5 and 6...I guess it's not so bad.  I could even say I'm improving.  After two days in Budapest, we took a train to Bratislava.  I have to admit, every time I board a train in Europe I'm wowed by the ease and comfort of train travel. 

There isn't too much to do in Bratislava and there's absolutely no need to plan anything out as everything is walking distance and easy to spot.  Our hostel guide gave us a brief overview using a black and white printed out map and speaking with the enthusiasm of a drugged up teenager giving directions to his grandma.  We were told to check out the Bratislava Castle, and if we wanted to, the Blue Church.  What is the Blue Church you ask?  It's a church that's blue.  We decided to go towards the castle and then re-assess how we felt about this church.  I mean, how blue is it?  The Bratislava Castle is unlike other castles I've visited.  It's clean, and white, and doesn't look a trillion years old.  I was slightly confused and felt the same way as I did when visiting Neuschwanstein Castle outside Munich.  The castle grounds are still very pleasant and also provide a scenic view of the town. 

We headed towards the old center of the town, foregoing the Blue Church.  The historical center takes about 15 minutes to walk through, but certainly doesn't lack any charm.  Due to the fact that it's not overwhelmingly packed with tourists, it's friendly and relaxing.

And of course, dinner was another ridiculous combination of meat and carbs.  
Two jars of sausage and cheese... we were hungry and ambitious
More goulash and dumplings...still savory, less paprika
Crispy juicy pork knuckle with sauerkraut... and more dumplings
Despite the terrifying "elevator" in our hostel that urged us to not be afraid of death, we stayed in a room with a huge patio and beautiful view. 

And the next morning boarded a train to Vienna, but first, one of my favorite travel snacks for the ride. 


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