One of the difficulties in working at a hostel is hearing the exciting stories of travellers who have seen a wealth of Europe, and who eventually leave to explore more. It is also extremely tricky to keep in touch with friends due to alternating schedules and so when a friend of my boyfriend told him he was in Bratislava for the weekend we took the chance for a weekend city break!
As I was working on the Friday night, I took the train up to Bratislava to meet the boys on Saturday and so with only 24 hours until we had to be back at the hostel there was little time for sightseeing. I did however have the chance to view the beautiful Hungarian countryside from the window of the train during the 2.5hr journey and spotted some enchanting lake areas I will definitely be visiting in the summer months to come! I also saw a couple of hilltop castles I would love to know more about and in my research found this incredible Pinterest board dedicated to the Castles and Palaces of Hungary! Below are a couple of pictures I attempted from the train window…
Once in Bratislava, I joined my boyfriend and his friend for an uneventful lunch in the Old Town before we headed to the spectacular and very eventful Bar Rock! It definitely isn’t a fancy bar, with dark walls and loud music, but with a jukebox and a long wall of spirits it invites those of us who wanted to let our hair down to enjoy some classic rock music in a ‘I don’t care what anyone thinks of me’ kind of atmosphere!
We also hit up Casa del Havana, a Cuban bar with incredibly talented bar tenders who had a certain flair for cocktails, creating some of the most intricately coloured and extravagant cocktail filled glasses I’ve ever seen. They even had an old Cuban guy just walking around chatting to people about their day and his culture, plus a tiny dance floor if the need to salsa got the better of you! I still haven’t quite got the hang of salsa yet (see my post on my first lesson in Budapest!) so I stuck to the tequila!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get much time to site see, but the Old Town is such a quaint setting with old style buildings and plenty of great modern statues (something I love about Budapest too)! The streets are like winding little lanes which reminded me a lot of Brighton back in the UK. We did however take the chance to upgrade from our bunk bed for our weekend city break and stayed at the wonderfully luxurious Loft Hotel. The hotel itself was undergoing renovations to the main reception areas, but this had no impact on the room which was a delight with an all inclusive mini bar and huuuge bathroom!