Advantages Cheap great scenary, cheap
Disadvantages Corrupt, Uninspiring life
In 2003 a friend of mine was living in Slovakia teaching - foolishly I agreed to visit in April.I flew to Prague (perhaps I'll write about that later) and I took a coach 12 hours to Banska-Bystrica anyway. Now that Easyjet flies to Bratislava go that way. Never take a 12-hour coach.
AND NEVER LEAVE YOUR PASSPORT IN THE SUITCASE WHICH IS IN THE HOLD OF THE COACH BECAUSE THE DRIVER GET VERY P***ED OFF, AS DOES THE BORDER GUARD WITH A GUN!!!Anyway so I arrived and the first thing that strikes you as the sun rises in the sky is how incredibly beautiful the hills are. Slovakia is surrounded by hills and the hills are covered in fir trees. I guess it is similar to parts of Wales. So that was nice, but as the coach neared the towns it just became rubbish.
THE TOWNSCAPEand this is the annoying thing about Slovakia to date, the governments love to spend money on the town squares, but the rest is broken, derelict, battered and dull. If you visit the town squares are very nice with fountains and clock towers and all well paved, pedestrianised with nice cafes and shops. But that really is it.
ACCOMMODATIONI have no idea about accommodation I stayed with friends, however most of the buildings are huge tower blocks, which are tatty and battered. The insides are usually very nice (thin walls!!!) but well decorated.
PRICESAs everyone else has said this place is cheap you could get a skiing holiday for about £30 including hire. In winter the snow really falls so you could have a great time here, especially for beginners, but for everyone really.
LANGUAGEYou will need a phrase book. There is not much English spoken although some people can and the young usually can better than the adults.
Anyway the language is not that difficult to get by on.
So why did they join - simple.
Because the Czech Republic joined. and you don't want to be the poor cousin to anyone when you already are.
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Pages: 237, Edition: 2011, Paperback, Springer
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