Bratislava

It was my first day of unemployment and I was heading to Bratislava. Having finished a yearlong internship I decided that it was time to relax and that I would worry about getting a new job once I came back from my holiday.

Bratislava wasn’t my final destination, more of a stopover on the way to Budapest. There is a convenient train connection between the cities so I thought I would make the most of it.

I got an extremely early ryanair flight, so I am blaming it for Bratislava being a bit of a blur in my memory. However, I remember the first thought I had once I got there – this is a lot like Lithuania! Having lived in Scotland for several years, it was nice to find a place that felt a bit like home. I loved the vibe in the city and I almost wished I stayed a bit longer.

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There was so much good food (although extremely carb rich), with my favourite being halusky and I tried a few different varieties of them. They also had really awesome garlic soup that was conveniently served in a bread bowl.

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I loved that there were loads of colours in the city, especially the old town. Not going to lie, I did not have any energy for any cultural stuff since I was really tired after a sleepless night, but it was nice to wander around.

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I had to have a nap in the afternoon since I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore, but got to enjoy the city at night. It felt really lively and with plenty of character!

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Perhaps I will visit the city again, I know loads of people say that it’s worth seeing more of Slovakia than just Bratislava and I’m sure they are right!

The post turned out more of a photo essay rather than anything else, but I just felt like sharing these photos 🙂

Köln & Moitzfeld

At the beginning of November I was flying to Köln, but I was losing my hope to see it. All these cool bridges and the massive cathedral might be missed… oh well, I wasn’t going there exactly for that.

My boyfriend was living just outside Köln, in the place called Moitzfeld. I was going to visit him for a weekend and I was really excited to go to the mainland – UK is a slightly different world and going back to the mainland is always refreshing. I don’t know why, maybe because there are usually more colours in the streets or because it’s always exciting to listen to the language other than English or maybe because sometimes the weather is nicer.

However, I was wrong thinking that my boyfriend would not want to go to Köln and straight from the airport we went to the city. It was nice to walk along the Rhine and enjoy nice autumn evening. Kölner Dom (the cathedral) turned out to be more than impressive as well. I didn’t take that many photos during the trip, but here are some:

We also went to the food place just next to the Dom, which was Kölsch Bier brewery restaurant where they were serving typical food for the area and of course, Kölsch beer. It was served in a tiny glasses (0.2l) and everyone was drinking it pretty quick – so I was really impressed how well the waiter was doing his job.

It was a Friday night so the place was crowded and it was a struggle to get a table. Even when we got it, a few minutes later couple of random guys joined us – well, if you don’t want random friends book your table in advance.

New friends didn’t bother me, although my boyfriend tried to be funny and ordered me a third of the meter long sausage (it wasn’t just long, it was thick as well) and when it arrived…well, the guys were laughing and I was slightly embarrassed. It was massive! I think even the waitress could not believe I ordered that.

But it was really good!

The rest of the time I spent in Moitzfeld and it was such a nice little place. Weather was just brilliant and we did some hiking as well – there are loads of perfect paths for hiking around the town.

This was my second time in Germany in 2015 and it seems that I’m going back there again – just to Berlin for New Year to see my best friend!

54 Hours of Rome

I would not recommend to read this post if you are hiding from the rain in the cold room – like I am now, in Scotland. I’m writing about this trip and missing it already – it’s hard to live in a cold rainy country, but it’s even harder to live in it after going to places such as Rome.

This was my second trip in the past month. I was super excited to travel again, mostly for two reasons – going to the sunny Rome and seeing my boyfriend. His internship turned out to be a perfect opportunity to travel and meet in the places I haven’t been before.

I had to put a lot of effort to convince my man to go to Rome – for travel reasons he was keen to go to Amsterdam. However, Rome was a good choice indeed. After a few weeks of awful weather in Edinburgh I was looking forward to some sun. So I left +2 degrees and got +21 instead. I think my boyfriend was really pleased we didn’t go to Amsterdam as well (we both been there before anyway).

We stayed in B&B called Oro Incenso e Mirra which was just next to the Vatican and it was a really nice place. We basically had the entire flat just for two of us, for the whole three days. Explained by off-season maybe?

We had a lot of doubts about buying a Roma pass and then finally ended up getting a 48 hour one. The girl made a mistake and sold the passes to us for 18 each instead of 28 euros. I think she did the maths wrong and we did not manage to explain her that it wasn’t right. We took the passes, being really pleased with the deal.

It paid off instantly. The pass included free travel by buses and metro and one free visit to our chosen site, which we decided to be the Colosseum. With the Roma passes we didn’t have to wait in the queue which was massive. I was actually really impressed by the Colloseum and I kept imagining the gladiators fighting there.

The same ticket also included an access to Palatine hill and we spend quite a few hours wondering there – which was perfect on the sunny day.

We had loads of good food and good wine while there as well. We made a mistake the first day and just got in some random restaurant called Ristorante Taverna Lino. The inside looked nice but the food wasn’t that good and it was a bit of the rip off. We didn’t order any bread but the waiter put some on the table (four tiny slices) and we ended up paying three euros for it. Then we got some ice cream across the street (place called Angelo del Gusto) which was a disappointment.

To avoid this happening again we looked up some places. My boyfriend has been in Rome before and an Italian person recommended going to La Montecarlo. He’s tried the pizza there before and said it was amazing. It did an amazing pizza indeed and the prices were good. We also had a tiramisu which was lovely. I was so hungry and so excited that I didn’t even take any photos.

I think buses in Rome were quite an experience – reminded me of Lithuanian buses somehow. They were absolutely packed during the day and it was proper fight to get in. Buses were old and had many loose parts which made crazy noise. We couldn’t even talk inside sometimes. One night we couldn’t get the bus we needed so just jumped in the random one. Left it a few stops later and saw our bus standing at the traffic lights. A bit drunk we ran to the bus waving hands and the driver, after making a “stupid tourists” face let us in. It would never happen in Edinburgh.

I’m definitely going to go back to Rome – I loved the vibe of the city. I’m finishing my pizza that I brought just now and thinking about the next trip. Less than three weeks to go!