Sunday, October 22, 2006

Barry in Bratislava

Went for a little trip out to Bratislava yesterday. It felt good to get out of bed early in the morning and get busy preparing for a short trip across the border for a little change of scenery.

soph and i travelled by bus, and it took just under two hours. We made a bee-line for the old town as soon as we arrived. We hadn't done much (any) research at all, and were happy to find that there was plenty to stare and glare at. The camera was used a lot, as were our legs.

We found a number of good watering holes to rest at between jaunts up and down hills. The stencil grafitti colection has expanded. And there was even a bit of live music at the end of the evening (we went just because the keyboard player had a fantastic beard). Cover music, glorified karaoke, whatever. we drank strong drink and had warm chatter.

There was a castle etc. as you would expect from an european capital city, but inside the walls we found a little museum of music which was noted as being full of whistles, drums and other instruments. It wasn't. it did have some interesting information about the printing industry and the church(es) and their link to music history. Not a bad way to while away an hour.

It's quite a small place - but there were lots of adverts for different live concerts and clubs. From a Jay-z gig to a New-Wave club to techno making and poetry workshops; colourful flyers informed us that it was a pretty happening city.

A place that looks like it's still in the process of transforming itself.

Goodtimes were had.
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