Friday, 20 September 2013

EuroQuest: Day 6 - Slovakia

Hi everyone! So this was sort of our first and last day in Slovakia! We had to get up really early, which on the one hand, was an opportunity to leave the creepy hostel, but on the other, was  at 5am! One of leaders has a girl in her unit whose Mum (Marianna) is from Slovakia, and they happened to be on holiday in Slovakia the same time we were staying there, so we went to visit them!

It was a long bus journey to their house as they lived in Smolenice, outside of the capital Bratislava where we were staying. When we got off the bus we were told we were going off on a little hike through the forest, but thankfully Mariannas husband was there to take our huge rucksacks off us and take them straight to their house! We walked a little bit up the road to find a space to eat the breakfast Marianna had brought with her for us. She had a mixture of breads and some jam to go with it, which was delicious! My favourite was this sweet bread which I think was kind of like brioche?

We then started to walk into the forest and up a hill to visit some caves. Sadly, we weren't allowed to take any photos of the caves but they were absolutely stunning! Some of them were huge and when we all went into the main cave he turned the lights off to give us a sense of what the people who first discovered the caves and it was ridiculously dark! When we came out, we climbed on the rock side of the hill to to the top where we could see the entrance where the first people climbed into the caves from! As well as that, we could see all over the forest and it was amazing!

We then headed back down and went on further into the forest to this sort of big old office thing? Anyway, it had a tower which we all went up and we could see all over the town as well as back into the forest. It was then a short walk to Mariannas house where she had cooked a BBQ for us and much to my delight, she had bought some tofu for myself and Evie! It was so nice to have actual vegetarian food again!

We then caught the bus back and I think everyone fell asleep because we had been up since 5am! We got off at the port where we were catching the hydrofoil to Vienna. It was so windy on the back of the hydrofoil and there was some reenactment of Titanic!

We got the the hostel and it was really nice! I was in the room of 6 and it was pretty packed because there were 2 bunk beds and each had a little pull out tray with another mattress in which basically took up the whole floor! As we got there pretty late and there were no restaurants near where we were staying we decided to get take away pizza!!!

If you want to see more I filmed a bit of what we were doing so you can check that out below. The video is a montage of several clips and pictures throughout the time we spent in Slovakia as apposed to these blog posts which a split by day.


I hope you enjoyed reading this and feel free to leave any comments!