Detoured: Stumbling Upon Slovakia

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In early 2010, I embarked on a two-week trip through Central Europe. To date, it is one of my most memorable trips. This post is a part of a series of posts from that backpacking trip through Central Europe

I hadn't planned on going to Slovakia, yet somehow I managed to stray from my Budapest-Vienna-Prague (still to come!) journey and now find myself in Bratislava.

This is how it happened.

On my second day in Vienna, I discovered that the capital of Slovakia was only an hour away. In fact, no other two European capitals are as close as Vienna and Bratislava. A few days later, I hopped on a train.

So here I am, sitting in a cafe in Bratislava, having only decided to come here a few hours ago. All through the train ride, I wondered if my 19 year-old self would have given in to the spontaneity as easily as the 20 year-old me had done. It's amazing how a few months of living, learning, and traveling in Europe has freed my inhibitions.

While Bratislava does not have the same glamour as other Western European capitals, it is full of small town charm with upscale restaurants and traditional pubs. Bratislava is also a classical walking city. Although small in size, there was plenty of architecture and history to keep  me busy during my stay.

The Mayor's office, in a pink palace.

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  1. You've got some fantastic images, and sounds like you're having a wonderful time. :)

  2. I stopped by Bratislava too on my way from Budapest to Vienna! It was a lovely place to spend the day.

  3. don't you just love the fact that you can hop on a train and be in a totally new place? loving your pictures as always :)

  4. helloo tracy i love your blog:)
    your pictures are beautiful and you make me wanna go travel..
    i have a big exam coming up in late march so ive been busy studying.
    your blog has helped me to relax and look forward to my long summer break*
    continue to have a great timeeee:D
    loving your spontaneity!!!!!

  5. http://tracyzhangphoto.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/dsc_0015.jpg

    My favorite picture! Nice work!

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  7. Lovely images Tracy, I am quite glad that you are "accidentally" getting to these locales :-)
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