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We have had a little time to visit this extremely beautifull country and we are quite sorry for that. But no sorry and no worry and life goes on. The country is mostly unknown not only to western people but also to Slovaks themselves. We met this great music group Muzickas. Young guys from the countryside that moved to the city Bratislava. I asked them why they never played outside of their country. "well, listen, we do not even know all the valley's in our own country, so why should we go somewhere else?", was the decisive answer. Slovakia is a country that is hard working to clean up the mess created in the past, it is getting independent and facing the concequences of it. "We have been lucky", Martin, of of the band member sais, "because we have set up a business that worked out fine. But most of our country is still poor. Partly this is not dramatical, only when Europe laws come in and force people to change their way of living, without having any possibility to change that way, problems can become bigger." In case we have convinced you to visit this place in this very short briefing; Martin has set up a tourist office called Limba and I can't advice anything better in this matter.
is the capitol of Bratislava, the city of the country that is one of the
latest creation of nation states and political phenomenon. Bratislava
is great and it's very close to Vienna. Much more close then Philadelphia
to New York or Eindhoven to Amsterdam. Indeed at the center of Europe.
We visited the massive waterpower turbines in the Danub, near the Hungarian
border. Once, in de late 80's and early 90's a project questioned by many.
Now the powersupply of a great part of Slovakia plus some tourist attraction
with rafting and culture. One could still question this project, but it
is there and seems to be solid for the period we have used it. It seems
better to see this form of using resources instead of coal power supply
polluting the air.
We also visited the city of Martin and took pictures of the Martin police station, the Martin Karate club, the Martin city hall and the Martin cultural center. Little egocentric? maybe, for us just fun.