So, on the illustrious day of Sunday 13th September 2015 (my very own birthday), the Tedious Englishman and I waved goodbye to Bratislava and took a train heading northeast to Zilina. Despite the lack of balloons and party hats, it was a pretty excellent train ride, with the odd rambling castle and sparkling lake to spy out of the windows.
Upon arrival, it quickly became apparent that we had no idea where we were in relation to our hotel and since it was a Sunday, almost everything was closed and there were very few people milling about. HELLO BIRTHDAY ATMOSPHERE! Thankfully, I spotted a bus stop with a handy map which allowed us to just about find our way to our very lovely hotel which was hidden amongst a bunch of architecturally interesting (I'm sure there are more specific descriptions I should be using here) buildings surrounding a little park.
Before long, it was time to explore the practically deserted streets of Zilina, and what lovely little sunshiney streets they were. Lots of churches and spires and crumbly pastel coloured buildings, especially around the central square.
And who doesn't love a good fish fountain?
Lovely. We were only there for one night, so didn't have time to explore much of the surrounding area (which I hear is very good for hiking and mushrooming or something) or experience any embarrassing run-ins with local residents, but an afternoon felt like plenty of time to explore this little town. We even managed to find a Tesco and an M&S! **Culture**
The next morning, it was off to the far east of Slovakia to check out the beautiful city of Kosice...
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