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Mar 15, 2012 - Family

Hello all, Happy times to be had in Bratislava. Writing the second draft of my life story, and loving every minute of it. Especially because my family has my back. Opened the trip journal on this 16th day of March to notice 5! messages from family. The number says it all. My longing for home is greater than any other time during the trip. But, these messages give me new hope. And a realization that, this trip is much bigger than me, it reflects upon my entire family. This message, more than anything, is a promise. A promise to all of my...

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Mar 13, 2012 - Missing Home

Took a while to admit it, but I really am missing home at this point. I plan to keep writing to keep my head from exploding. Yoga retreat next week in Spain, last week exploring Madrid, and tattoo (!) on the day before my flight March 31st. Hope the tattoo works out... Also, apologies to anyone I've offended, misjudged, or misspoke to, particularly in the last week. All of this writing is a new thing for me, and, well...hard to contain the emotion that has come from it. I only hope that you understand.

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Jan 28, 2012 - Fantastic Bratislava

From the moment I stepped on the train, knew Bratislava was a good decision. Met a 37 yo man named Grant, originally from South Africa, who was on his way home to Bratislava where his wife is originally from. Great guy who I really can relate to with this crazy trip I'm on. Hostel was also very welcoming, even with no reservation. Wasn't able to get in touch with the girl I met on the train but did meet some Study Abroad students from Portland today. Such a good time here, one extra night and then head west.

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Nov 6, 2011 - Bratislava / Slovakia

Today we cruised the Danube River to Bratislava. What a contrast in architecture. There was a lot of pre-cast concrete panel housing. We visited the Soviet War Memorial and then drove to the Castle and enjoyed the beautiful view to Petrzalka (apartment houses from the 70s and 80s). Ian and I were invited by the Captain to join him for The Captain's Dinner at the special restaurant that caters for 20 people. We felt very special. The food there is prepared in front of you with the appropriate wines served. Once again Ian stole the show...

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Oct 21, 2011 - Sightseeing in Bratislava

Sailed all night and after breakfast we went through the first daylight lock it was an interesting exercise. We were in the lock with two other boats and our boat was about one and a half time the length of the other two. This morning we have to select the optional tours, they all sound so good. We will probably do the lot. We arrived in Bratislava at lunch time and rafted up to another boat already docked, so it will be up to the sun deck to cross over to the other boat and then down through it to get off. We must be getting closer to...

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Sep 6, 2011 - Bratislava, Slovakia

Overnight and until noon today - cruising up the Danube to Bratislava, Slovakia. The Viking Pride moves at a good speed, and the trip went very smoothly. We went through one large lock into a man made "canal" which is a large reservoir for a hydro electric generating facility. Although the River Danube forms the border between Hungary and Slovakia, the Hungarian government did not wish to participate in the project, so it was built by Slovakia alone. It is a really good sized canal. It provides good depth for the river craft which navigate...

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Aug 22, 2011 - An Afternoon in Saskatchewan

Well, not quite, but when we approached the dock today it did say, "Brataslava SK", but here "SK" stands for Slovakia, not Saskatchewan. We rose and had a leisurely breakfast. The Da Vinci had left Esztergom at midnight last night and was sailing towards Brataslava, so there was no rush for a shore trip. We went up on deck and sat and watched Hungary on one side and Slovakia on the other. We were sailing along what would be called a canal, though it is the River Danube. This is a project embarked upon over twenty years ago as a joint...

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Aug 15, 2011 - Gabcikovo lock & Bratislava, Slovakia

OK, I got over my bad attitude and Monday was a sunny new day on the Danube River. We enjoyed the journey in the morning and the scenery did not disappoint nor did the experience of going through our first lock at Gabcikovo. Watch the video. The boat (barge? ship? not sure what to call the vessel) docked at 1pm in Slovakia and we jumped on our tour buses with our receivers strung around our necks ready for the tour. First we had a drive around the city of Bratislava including a view from the highest hill overlooking the river. We could see...

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Aug 15, 2011 - Bratislava, Slovakia

August 15, 2011 The Viking Danube cruised all night from Budapest heading for Bratislava, Slovakia (not Slovenia as George W. thought it was) and had a leisurely morning after a much quieter sleep and hot water on tap. Just after breakfast we entered the highest lock we would encounter on our river cruise to Amsterdam with 83 feet of total lift arriving into a large artificial lake bounded by concrete levies. Our Program Director, Kurt, gave us an informative presentation on the life and times of Mozart before we docked in Bratislava at...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Brat City

Three days in Bratislava, aka Brat City, and I have been pleasantly surprised. Bratislava is Prague Lite; the Old Town is small but kind of hip. It has beautiful buildings, some excellent restaurants and cafés, quirky sculptures and, at the bottom of it all, the Danube. It’s much less expensive than western cities and there are many fewer tourists, too. The vibe is incredibly relaxed—Brat City only has 450,000 people, so it’s not exactly a metropolis. All in all, a good choice for me to begin the second phase of my work for the summer. That...

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Jun 13, 2011 - In to Hungary and Slovakia

Day 47 – 51 June 13-17th Into Hungary and Slovakia Left under a clear blue sky - 1st for a few days - and cycled through Vienna alongside the river. Sometimes through parkland and then through industry. At times we were parallel with a pedestrian path, railway, road and the waterway - all angles covered. Past the UNESCO HQ and at least a dozen tourist cruise boats - all empty having coached their passengers into Vienna. Then on to the straightest route we have done, mile after mile along a levy through fields of maize (the tallest we have...

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May 17, 2011 - Slovaquie

Bonjour, Après une dernière longue marche dans les rues de Prague, ville où il y a toujours quelques choses à voir et découvrir, nous (Philippe, Don et John) avons quitté Prague sur un train de nuit pour se rendre dans les Tatras en Slovaquie. Les Hautes Tatras se situent dans la partie nord de la Slovaquie, à la frontière de la Pologne. En 1993, l´UNESCO classe les régions slovaques et polonaises des Hautes Tatras comme «zone biosphérique». C’est super, comme vous pouvez voir sur les photos. On y retrouve une vingtaine de sommets culminant...

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