I had to say Thank you again to my dear host Jozef in TRNAVA. Previous night he was kind to take us for an extra night as our hitchhiking attempt was unsuccessful. So we had to take a late local train to go back to Trnava from Bratislava.
We shared a breakfast and then he walked with us again to a hitchhiking spot on a beautiful sunny day.
On the way we have seen the walls of the old town…
…and a stadium of a local football team Spartak Trnava, whose supporters are known to be the most passionate in Slovakia and the team has a long successfull history in former Czechoslovak league. They have even reached a semifinal of Europan cup in year 1969. This was at a time when football wasn’t infulenced by big money like today.
We say goodbye to our dear friends Jozef and Garofix as we hitchihike for a second day in a row from Trnava to Bratislava
We got a ride in less then 30 minutes and in Bratislava we catched a train to Vienna and saved a bit of money by buying a ticket for half of the journey. In Vienna I had arranged a couch for us with our new host Ash who also has a dog 🙂
As Ash was at work when we arrived, there was time to explore the city center before we met him later at his home.
Vienna has a rich history and you can see it almost on every step in the old town. As it was under Habsburg rule for many years and later a capital of Austro-Hungarian empire it has many significant buildings from those periods.
One of the most famous and oldest is a St.Stephen’s cathedral or Stephansdom which has been built in 12th century and has since dominated the center of town. Here is a post on Evelyn’s blog about it 🙂
Another well known site is Hofburg imperial palace that was the center of Habsburg empire. Today it is an official seta of an Austrian president. We only had time to see it on the outside.
We took a moment to take a photo together and
We have traveled for one month already and experienced many wonderful stories and I was very grateful for all the amazing people we met on the way.
The trip has already been a big success as we have talked with many people from different organizations working with homeless people and also with some who have other social projects like a kids therapy center OSTOJA in Wroclaw.
I gained a lot of experience from all this encounters and learned a lot about the situation of homeless people around Europe. And now we were getting close to Balkan countries where I come from and I was excited, specially about the trip to SARAJEVO; my birth place.
After that short stop we went to O’Connors old oak pub where my dear friend Gaz works as a head chef. We used to work together in Dublin in ELY restaurant in DUBLIN and now he has been living here for three years already.
I remembered my first trip to Vienna last summer; I spend few lovely days with him and his family and he was a saviour on my arrival.
This time he was very busy so I enjoyed the beer while Evelyn was asleep. The pub was buzzing and it was great to see they are doing soo well.
After that it was time to meet our host Ash, so went to his place, where Evelyn started playing with his dog 🙂
We then went out for few beers and the night ended very late.