I did not even have time to release the post about Warsaw, when suddenly I wrote (himself) post about Bratislava. It was here that I decided to go within its a small business trip. There were two goals: to see another country and evaluate (as far as possible in a couple of days) it is at least visually for emigration. It is clear that two days is nothing but it happens that one day is enough to say myself, no, I don’t want to come here. Anticipating the question, I will say – rejection Bratislava did not happen, but there was no special “wow”, although there somehow calm in my heart was.
The content of the article
- 1 Prepare in advance
- 2 Walking through Bratislava
- 2.1 Old Town and around
- 2.2 Sleeping areas
It is necessary to prepare in advance
In the capital of Slovakia, I spent 2 full days. I was driving something at all unprepared, so the adventures began back in Warsaw. Bought a train ticket an hour before departure, but because the train was already on the way, the places in it were not reserved, but only sold to me train ticket (no seat) with further surcharge from the conductor in depending on the class. And the guy at the box office said that pay in the train can be a card, and I believed the fool. In the end, I find myself in car, need extra cash, but I don’t have it. And I am I went by train to sleep lying down, and here to me at best only a sitting place is shining (minimum surcharge). In the end, me sheltered just on the seats and in general for some reason, without additional payment. The rest of the conductors just shrugged their hands, they say, there is no cache, no our business.
Warsaw-Bratislava train, seats
Further adventures continued. Arrived in Bratislava on the train Station at 5 am, it is dark and cold outside, I do not know what to do. Everything my dreams from Starbucks, with his coffee, wifi and rosette scattered, when Starbucks was not in principle in Slovakia (why are they bypassed this country?). Then I went to the waiting room of the station and sat there near the outlet with wifa squatting because the benches are near did not have. By the way, at the railway station free wifi, which in itself is already great And then I also found free wifi in the old town, on promenade and in the park. However, wifi is not so cool One cafe, in which I went instead of Starbucks wifi was, but not worked, in another cafe there was a socket, but again there was no wifi. AT In the end, my dream came true only in the evening McDonalds, where I immediately got my cappuccino, outlet and free wifi at the same time.
Railway station in Bratislava – free wifi and recharging
I sit in the park at the medical university with free wifi
Why did I need internet so much? Yes, because I have nothing I knew about the city and I did not book a hotel I wanted on Airbnb I booked a room, but a couple of people refused me, the other two for a long time did not approve booking. So I found the hotel through RoomGuru, sitting in the park and taking advantage of free wifi.
Well, I’m fine, of course, book on the day of arrival and arrange myself leapfrog such.
Walks in Bratislava
Bratislava is more European at first glance. Somehow better have mercy Even the old city is older or something. Well, it’s me after Warsaw mean where the old town is quite small and pretty plain. Although they can also be understood, Warsaw was razed to the ground, there is nothing left. And so the countries of Eastern Europe in something like each other.
Old Town and around
All day I walked through the old town. Paved streets, churches, towering castle on the mountain, wide Danube. Also here still nearby The famous SNP Bridge without supports and with a lookout upstairs in a restaurant in the form of a flying saucer.
The weather was warm, and autumn, due to scattered everywhere foliage seemed very beautiful. Generally, I don’t really like autumn time of year, but in Europe it is very much nothing. Colorful leaves create a romantic mood and decorate everything around.
Autumn streets in the old town of Bratislava
Main square in the Old Town of Bratislava
Mime in the old town
Bratislava hiking and tram area
Bronze Chumil in the Old Town
Here is a combination
From afar, like a flying saucer over the old city
Very cute display cases
Famous Bratislava Castle
Streets of the old city of Bratislava
Photo of Bratislava from above
Everywhere flowers on the window sills
Urns in Bratislava hang at eye level
Such a familiar collapse on the roads
Well, what is not Moscow?
Walking along the embankment of Bratislava
SNP Bridge (Most SNP) – Landmark of Bratislava
Under the SNP bridge is no less interesting
Under the SNP bridge is no less interesting, including at night
Night photo of Bratislava from above
It was funny to see “our” trams on the streets, exactly like same, as if back in the past. But there are modern. By the way transport is well developed, a network of trams, buses, and trolley buses enmeshes the city. I do not know how to rush hour, but in the usual time to get there I managed to get from the center to the sleeping area in 10-15 minutes.
Very familiar trams
Automatic selling tickets for transport
Prices seemed to me higher than in Warsaw. Probably because of the euro area. But at first it is easier to spend in euros, think a ruble twenty, that is, cents after the comma somehow generally You do not pay attention. But if everything is recalculated in rubles, then obtained in the supermarket prices are similar to Moscow, and here in cafes it is cheaper twice a time, it seemed to me, if not more. I can calmly afford to drink coffee with cake thinking. Although I simply don’t need it in Moscow, I don’t go to downtown.
It is also striking that baguettes and kebabs are sold everywhere. The first is clear, but kebabs are probably here along with the Arab emigrants arrived and entrenched. Baguettes nothing like snack it is possible quite well (for 1.5-2.5 euros), but did not try the kebab.
Naturally, I could not ignore the sleeping areas, visited in Ruzhinov and Petrzhalka. Firstly, this is where it is supposedly would have to live, secondly, it is interesting how other people live. And the old city is beautiful everywhere, almost in any European country. So, there is also there, like in Russia about Houses panel, low, as a rule, the architecture does not shine. But not as bleak as in Warsaw at the expense of color: for example, the door to the entrance is orange, or the house itself with some kind of colored inserts. Although Warsaw and Bratislava are similar and not similar in terms of sleeping areas at the same time, I do not even know how to describe, and whether it is worth comparing these cities.
Sleeping area Ruzhinov
Sleeping area Ruzhinov in Bratislava
This is all native—
Dogs are forbidden to do their business on lawns
Some graffiti is beautiful and very theme
Some unusual houses in Petrzalka
People in Bratislava also walk the most ordinary
A lot of moms walking with strollers
Shabby prefab house reminded Asia
Some houses are completely trash
Cute houses in Bratislava
Very spacious in sleeping areas, as once was a long time ago. Moscow to mass building (in my childhood). In addition to large distances between houses, there are no fences, fencing off lawns. In Moscow, they are everywhere, but here I have not seen one. Well, really many empty lawns with grass, not always lawn.
The air feels pretty good. I was also told that you can easily drink water from the tap, which pleases. Walked and by Park, there in the lake swans swim, cool. Zeleny, it seemed in overall enough too. There is little rubbish, only in quite back streets. some kind of industrial zone. Whether clean, or do not litter too much. AT everything is okay with ecology. But the playgrounds are not so lot. We have them in every yard, and here selectively and not so equipped with.
Petrzalka district in Bratislava
City Park in Petrzalka
Picnic place – not a single piece of paper
Park Garden Yanka Kralya in Bratislava in the evening
P.S. Ride happy, you can live in Bratislava! Near Vienna, Prague, Budapest, the mountains are low, in general, everything is not bad. Stay better in the old city, from there it will be to the whole hand to file.
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