I’m going to split this post into three parts because otherwise it would be too long.
PART ONE: Introduction, THE FIRST DAY – Bratislava
PART TWO: THE SECOND DAY – Košice
PART THREE: THE THIRD DAY – the Slovak Paradise, THE FOURTH DAY – Žilina, THE LAST DAY – Bojnice
I’m from the Czech Republic, which used to be Czechoslovakia once. And the funny thing is, I don’t really know any of these two countries, although I live here. I had never taken any interest in the Czech Republic nor Slovakia, I had always wanted to go away as fast as possible. Until.
Until I realised that there was so much to see. Until I saw strangers who adored the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Until I found out that it was worth to give it a try. You never try, you never know, right?
And so my friend Veronika and I have planned a short trip across Slovakia, our lovely neighbour. But. We really wanted to make this trip on a small budget because we’re poor students. (*crying*) And so we’ve decided to spend as less as possible.
In the end, it cost each of us only about 60 euros! Impossible? Well, I’ve decided to create a little list so you could see our expenses. Before we begin, I would like to mention that Veronika and I have the privilege to use the train transport for free in the Czech Republic AND Slovakia, because our parents work with trains. That gave us, of course, a huge advantage as we didn’t need to spend so much money on the transport. Nevertheless, I believe that there are many other ways of travelling cheaply.
OUR EXPENSES FOR ONE PERSON:
- 4 buses – 3.7 €
- a bed in the night train from Bratislava to Košice – 11.5 €
- trains – for free
- beans, crackers, nut bars etc. that we had bought before the journey and that we had taken with us – 6 €
- the food or coffee on the way – 14.5 €
- two nights in a camp (we brought our own tent) – 12.5 €
- one night in a three star boarding house (which was very lovely and we had our own room with two beds) – 12.5 €
Alright, it’s 60.7 but those seventy cents don’t really count. The name would otherwise sound stupid. Uhm.
As you can see, travelling in Slovakia is really cheap. And it’s totally worth it!
THE FIRST DAY – BRATISLAVA
It lasts only about 7 hours to get from Most, our home town (which is in the north-western part of Czechia), to Bratislava – the capital of Slovakia. And so we hopped on an early train and we arrived there by two P.M. already!
E-book reader is one of travel essentials for nerds like us! You won’t drag me anywhere without a book, I swear it for this night and all the nights to come.
We were really lucky that my friend (whom I met in INDONESIA) grew up in Bratislava and he offered us to be our guide for one day. He picked us at the train station, he bought us food, ice cream (they even had a vegan option), an iced tea, a ticket for a tram, he even drove us in his car all around the city. We didn’t have to pay one single cent. He really is one of the most generous and amazing people in the world! Thank you, Lukáš!
We’ve seen the Bratislava Castle,
Slavín, which is a hill with graves of Russian warriors,
the building of Slovak Radio,
the President’s Palace,
It was reaally hot that day, it was.
the centre of the city,
the ball which, according to the tale, was shot from Napoleon’s cannon,
and the man at work.
We had an amazing ice cream,
and we visited some other places. Lukáš told us many interesting stories and the atmosphere of the city was very friendly. I don’t like cities that are too crowded – and Bratislava was nothing like that. It’s a city full of life, but the quiet and calming one. I really appreciated that.
Lukáš then took us to a coffee place in a high tower from which you can see the whole Bratislava.
After that, Lukáš even took us to his place, he cooked for us and we could take a shower. And at eleven P.M. he drove us back to the train station. He’s just the best guide in the history of the world.
We got on our night train from Bratislava to Košice, which I found so exciting! The beds were comfortable and I know it’s ridiculous but it really felt like a big adventure because I’m not used to sleeping in a bed when I’m on A TRAIN. The bouncing was soothing and I love the feeling that I’m heading somewhere, so it was a really good sleep. I don’t even care that I woke up like a thousand times.
You can read about the second day in my NEXT POST.