I get up early because I don’t want to miss my chance to get some nice photos of the city. Kosice looked pretty nice last night, but in the sunshine it looks amazing. I first head off to the train station which isn’t far away to grab a ticket for the 1333 train to the capital of Slovakia, Bratisalava.
An easy transaction at the station and I’m heading back to town to get some great pictures. I feel really happy to have made it here. The place is possibly one of the most beautiful cities I have been to. It helps that the weather is perfect and the architecture is really varied and nice here. It’s buzzing here today, and there seems to be a lot going on.
It’s getting close to 1230 so I decide to grab some lunch from a restaurant close to the hostel. I get a nice homemade lasagne and pay before I eat it just to get away quickly. After I eat it’s a few minutes stroll back to Bar Madrid to collect my things. I really wish I had more time in Kosice, but I will have to see this place on another trip again/
The train leaves on time, but I have stupidly got into carriage 2 instead of 5, so I have to move my things. The views on this rail journey are pretty good as we cut through the mountains. I am amazed at how little I knew about Slovakia. I am really starting to like this place.
At around 1830 the train pulls into the main rail station in Bratislava. Now all I have to do is find the x13 but to my hostel. This proves more difficult than I expect, and even worse I can’t really see the ticket values on the machine where you must purchase your ticket before boarding the bus.
I watch a few other people press the third button down and find a machine no one is using and take a closer look. It’s the €0.70 ticket which is what I need. I then see an x13 pass and stop so run and jump on. The instructions get me to the hostel fairly promptly. Check-in is a bit slow because some Austrians have arrived without any ID. I get checked into my room which is the Barcelona apartment on the 5th floor. I am sharing the room with 2 Aussie guys and a lad from Brazil who happens to be living in Dublin.
After a chat we all agree to go for dinner together at a traditional Slovakian restaurant called Flagship. The food here is delicious and the service is great. I have the Pe?ené koleno s prílohou which is Knuckles of pork, slices of bread and horseradish.
My three roommates are keen to get back for the pub crawl. I am keen to get my washing done again that didn’t quite dry overnight in Krakow. We head back and they head out. I go to reception and buy some powder and get the key to the laundry room in the basement. Washing on I settle at the small bar in reception with a nice cold beer.
I meet and chat to a nice girl called Simona who does cinematography in Romania. We chat about the work I have done and my recent interest in photography. It’s interesting to talk to someone who has such a strong passion for what they do. After a few more beers my washing is finally done.
Simona has gone to see friends so I get chatting to Eva who is working on reception and serving at the bar. She is studying journalism so I try to share some advice with her. I’ve met some nice and interesting people at Hostel Blues. It’s a short train ride to Austria in the morning so I decide to go and pack and get a bit of sleep.