Failures and Photos: Notes From our Sojourn in Bratislava

Bratislava ended up being a failure of a stopover. People had warned us that it was kind of…how do I say this politely…boring; they had tried to convince us that, given our limited time, we should give it a miss and head straight on until morning (or Prague, whichever came first). But we wanted to check it out for ourselves. And so we decided we’d take the train from Budapest to Bratislava, and decide when we got there whether to stay or not.

We look pretty excited to be here, no?
Look! A train station! A Slovakian train station, at that! It was slightly better than Budapest’s Kelti station, in that there was a cafe and it was slightly warmer.

We decided to store our backpacks at the train station, and head into town to get a lay of the land. I suggested we take the bus; unfortunately, we followed my general policy when it comes to bus transport, and ended up staying on the bus until the end of the line, bypassing our destination and getting a front row tour of Bratislava’s rather expansive suburbs as we went. As it turns out, Slovakian Tesco looks unremarkably the same as every other Tesco I’ve seen. By the time we managed to get ourselves back to the historic centre, we’d lost more than an hour, and we were both starving, so we did what any reasonable person would do, and we got ourselves some schnitzel and a beer.

Other than that, we didn’t do much of…um…anything in Bratislava. We kind of got off on the wrong foot with Slovakia, and after wandering aimlessly for a few hours, decided to catch an evening train to Prague. So I don’t really have anything to write about. No hostel tips. No only somewhat useful google maps laying out itineraries.

But I do have some photos! And despite what I perceived to be Bratislava’s failings, it is a pretty little place. So here are a few photos to distract you from our absolute failure to inform you about Bratislava, Slovakia. Enjoy, and I promise may try better next time.

 

No photo editing required. Bratislava is actually this cute!
No photo editing required. Bratislava is actually this cute!

 

This statue is one of the more famous statues in Bratislava
This statue is one of the more famous statues in Bratislava

 

 

The old quarter was rather sleep when we were there, free from the roving gangs of stag and stagette parties we'd read about
The old quarter was rather sleepy when we were there, free from the roving gangs of stag and stagette parties we’d read about

 

4 thoughts on “Failures and Photos: Notes From our Sojourn in Bratislava”

  1. I did enjoy Bratislava when I visited in September. If compared to Prague it is boring. However, I found it to be full of charm and is worth spending a couple days.

    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks doe the comment! Bratislava really is a beautiful little place, and we just didn’t have the time to give it a fair shot; it’s great to hear you enjoyed it – it motivates me to get back there one day to give it another chance! Happy New Year to you!

  2. I love that statue of the man coming out of the man hole cover. Sorry you didn’t get to see more, but I hope the schnitzel and beer were good!

    1. Thanks for reading, Emily! I have never been to Africa before – going to have to make it a priority after reading your blog!

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