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Vrakuňa

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  • Day217

    Back in the city

    April 8, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Left Friday morning with 20 cm of snow on the ground. The train connections were great except for our last train which was late. It seemed like the longest train ride ever because there were delays on the way the police had been called on board for some reason. Unpacked my things and was happy to have some quiet time in my room. Saturday morning we went to the Bory mall for the garden show and I picked up a few tips for my garden when I get home. There was a beautiful orchid and bonsai display.Read more

  • Day78

    Bunny love & rainy Christmas market

    November 20, 2016 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Look at the cutie pie I've got in my hands. Gave Milka a helping hand in feeding her as she wasn't eating -Little Muffin. Went to the market in the pouring rain but it was great. Had a langos which was deep fried and covered in hot garlic. Slovak delicacy washed down with hot mulled wine -yum and yum. More pork on the spit and an excellent variety of home made Slovak food. Musicians in the square every night.Read more

  • Day72

    Sunshine finally!

    November 14, 2016 in Slovakia ⋅ ☀️ -1 °C

    It has been so foggy and rainy and yesterday we finally had a break in the weather-Sunshine-yippee. Saturday I went to the movies and saw the movie Snowden which was great. Sunday morning my cousin Zdenko turned on the stove in the morning and activated the drying process of the super chillies in the oven. We were all coughing and barely breathing with the amount of capsicum that was in the air. I now know what bear spray is all about. It was an awful feeling. All the windows were opened and the chillies were quickly wrapped up and throw into the trash. Zdenko dropped me off close to my aunts and I went for a nice long walk by myself in the beautiful sunshine. Haven't been walking as much as I should be. I had Sunday lunch at my aunts which consisted of duck, cabbage, dumplings and apple strudel. After lunch we went to a shopping mall which I would never have guessed because it certainly did not look like a shopping mall with my aunts friend Milka(yes just like the chocolate). She is going to check into tickets to see the ballet "Giselle" for me. I hope they are not too expensive because I really want to go. I booked my flight back to Dublin for the 6th of December and will be catching the bus from the airport to Galway. I plan on spending at least five days there and then heading south. My flight-35 euros from Bratislava to Dublin. So incredibly cheap to fly in Europe.Read more

  • Day92

    Winding up in Bratislava

    December 4, 2016 in Slovakia ⋅ 🌙 -3 °C

    Last minute goodbyes, trips, family meetings and celebrations before I head off in two days. Yesterday I met with my godmother and cousins and caught up for 7 hours. Lots of laughs. Hit the market and the Havana club after with over exposure to cigarette smoke that made me absolutely sick to my stomache. The club was great for music but the smoking killed me. Had to have a shower when I got home and put my coat and purse on the balcony overnight. Got the last of the hot water and found out later on the morning the hot water is turned off at night. Lucky me! In the morning my lungs hurt and I changed my program to a long walk in the forest so I could clear my lungs. My aunt didn't want to go because it was too cold. We went anyway and when we got to the top there was the bobsled track and tbar. We took the tbar down, walked for another 2 km and then took the bus back to town. We went to Wagners cake shop and had a fabulous desert and coffee. Last day tomorrow and am ready for my next leg back to Ireland.Read more

  • Day226

    Easter tradition in Slovakia

    April 17, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Easter holidays are big in Slovakia. Actually bigger than Christmas. Days are celebrated by fasting, then vegetarian day, then a big dinner and finally on Easter Monday the males (especially in the mountain and villages) braid whips out of willow trees and visit local girls and whip them, douse them with water (usually in creeks) and then pour perfume on them. Whipping for good health, watering for longevity, perfume for love and vitality. Lucky girls. Then the men are given hard boiled or blown painted eggs and fed. This tradition I got to experience with my male cousins. I just got dressed and was instantly whipped, watered and doused with perfume. This happened five times.Read more

  • Day180

    Back in the homeland

    March 2, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    I got into Vienna around 2:30 by train and my bus wasn't leaving until 4:30 so I had a few hours to wander. I walked to the Imperial Palace and Karlzplatz and there were so many people everywhere. It was getting late so I caught the underground to the bus terminal where there were some colourful characters and signs everywhere to watch for pickpocketers. Apparently this is a huge problem in Vienna. Caught my €5 bus to the Bratislava airport and the the city bus to my aunts. It was a long day if traveling but it was good to be back in Bratislava. Aunt was pretty happy to see me too. She had made me a chucked dinner with my favourite beer. I haven't eaten chicken in two months. Alas it was laundry time.Read more

  • Day76

    Christmas market preparation

    November 18, 2016 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Yesterday was a holiday marking the day of freedom from Communism November 17th, 1989. We walked the squares for four hours and went to two museums and the candy shop. The night before Milka took us to the Beer Museum pub. It was great, non smoking, home crafted beers and the beermeister was pouring. So much fun. There was a band from Ohio playing next door. The huge Christmas trees were being decorated in the squares and the stands were being set up as well as the stage for musical entertainment every night.Read more

  • Day89

    Cultural nights

    December 1, 2016 in Slovakia ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    Tuesday night I went to the Chamber orchestra at the school of music. The musical pieces celebrated 250 years of Wolfgang Mozart and Joseph Hayden. My favourite piece was Mozart Divertimento F dur, KV 138 -Presto. The violins were incredible in this piece. Wednesday night we went to the National Theatre and saw Giselle (happens to be my middle name). Words can't describe the feeling I had when I walked in-my dream realized. The ballet was magnificent with a beautiful stage, wonderful dancers and full orchestra. Pictures were not allowed. At set change we had a glass of prosecco in the lower foyer. The ballet finished with ten full minutes of applause.Read more

  • Day192

    Slavin and Devin Castle

    March 14, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    It's already been two weeks since I've arrived and time is ticking away. A few days ago I went up to the Slavin which is a memorial site where over 300 Russian soldiers are buried who freed Czechoslovakia in 1944 and 1945 from the Germans. When I was here in the Communist years there were a lot of red stars and flags here. The door the the memorial shows the story of the freed cities and fallen soldiers. Around the Slavin memorial are where all the foreign diplomats live. Today I dragged my aunt out to the Devin castle. This castle sits on the mouth of the Danube and Morava River and overlooks Austria. It's was built in the 4th century and during the Russian revolution in 1968, 400 people tried to escape to freedom and were gunned down at the mouth of the river. Have not been walking as much in the last two weeks and am getting restless. I started running a week ago to keep myself from going stir crazy and porking out and have a track next door that I can use. Hoping to do a couple of side trips in the next week.Read more

  • Day83

    Danubia gallery of modern art

    November 25, 2016 in Slovakia ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Yesterday I dragged my aunt Bobena out for a 12 hour day. We went to the school of beauty where she knows some instructors. We went for lunch at the market and then headed to Cunovo to the gallery of modern art. It was right on the Danube and beautiful. We spent two hours at the gallery and I had a chance to talk to the curator. We headed off to my aunt Anna's after for a visit and glass of wine.Read more

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Vrakuňa, Vrakuna

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