Friday, October 3, 2008
The difference between Western Europe and Eastern Europe are subtle differences when you go to places that border the West like Slovakia.
#1 Difference: Old brick communist buildings are scattered all over the city of Bratislava. These buildings look cold they serve a purpose and that's just about all they do.
#2 Difference: The trains are old and ragged. These trains are not pleasant. They smell and everyone smokes even when sitting next to you. Not to mention to toilets dispose the waste onto the track. Shocking, I know.
#3 Difference: Bake goods are tasty and dirt cheap. I got a croissant for 30p. It was still warm.
#4 The main cities are usually off set by stunning landscape or a huge castle. In Devin and Bratislava have huge medieval castles illuminating the so/so looking cities. The castle in Devin (thus named Castle Devin) was the setting for Dragonheart I, Peacekeeper, and Kull The Conqueror. (http://www.slovensko.com/investor/film.htm)
#5 No tourist and not many English speakers.