Tuesday, October 28, 2008

welcome to bratislava... get ready to walk...

So on sunday our plan was to wake up early, head to bratislava, then catch a train back to prague that evening. Since bratislava is only about 1 hour from vienna it was going to be pretty easy.

However, when we were getting ready to go to bed we realized that none of us had an alarm clock at all. We had been using my roommates cell phone, but it died.. Finally we realized that my ipod has an alarm so we all crashed..
I thought everything was good until my roommate woke me up at 7:00 in the morning saying that we needed to hurry up and get ready to go. He told me it was a little after 8 and we needed to get going, but my ipod said that it was only 7. None of us could figure out what was going on, and of course the idea of daylight savings never even crossed our minds. We didn't have any idea what time it was until we walked to the metro station and looked there (i would like to point out that my ipod was correct!).

When we got to Bratislava we were presented with yet another problem. We had no idea where we were in the city and there was no information stands anywhere around. We spent about 45 minutes trying to figure out where we were on the map and then another 20 trying to figure out where we wanted to go. When we finally figured it out, we headed for the castle.
It didn't take us long to figure out that there really wasn't too much there besides the castle though, so once we had seen that we decided to try to catch a train back.

By the time we got to the train station, which was about 2 miles away, we were all so exhausted that we just sat there like zombies waiting for the next train. When we finally got on our train, it was so packed that there was people sitting in the hallways and stuff throughout the whole thing. Luckily for us we had reserved seats!
The only problem with our seats was that we were in the same room with some lady who decided to bring her dog on the train. Nobody really paid it any mind until it became apparant that she didn't care what it did at all! It was climbing all around the car smelling us and trying to crawl up into our seats with us. It was amazingly awkward!

But as you probably guessed, we made it back! here is a few pictures from Bratislava:

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