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I've had guns pointed at me in many different countries, sometimes even by our own side. I've also sat on my own on a beach on a desert island, which was nice because nobody was trying to shoot me. Tell us your tales of foreign travel.

Thanks to SnowytheRabbit for the suggestion

(, Thu 18 Apr 2013, 17:43)
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Vaggers story reminded me
Of the time I was on a lad's holiday to Bratislava (boring) and Budapest (terrific). Me and another lad were wandering between bars in downtown Budapest one night when some guy tried to tempt us into a strip club with perhaps the best advertising slogan I've ever heard (and I used to be an advertising copywriter):

"Big booby, big beer! Small pussy, small price!"
(, Mon 22 Apr 2013, 14:06, 9 replies)
If you thought Bratislava was boring
then you obviously didn't get around to visiting the Slovakian Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. It's included on the ticket price to the Slovak National Museum.

I'm not making that up.
(, Mon 22 Apr 2013, 14:14, closed)
Point confirmed, then

(, Mon 22 Apr 2013, 14:16, closed)
Pretty much
Best thing about Bratislava was that all the women were beautiful and a beer cost about 30p (this was 12 years ago). Other than that, it didn't have a lot to offer.
(, Mon 22 Apr 2013, 14:20, closed)
Slovakia definitely concentrates on Bratislava too much when trying to attract tourists.
Unfortunately the place, in my opinion, is an absolute dump. If you ever go back, head east into the country and it's absolutely fantastic. Bojnice is stunning, Poprad in itself is a bit crap, but heading into a little way north into the Tatras is worth it, as are the small villages surrounding the place. It's a stunning country which is let down by a tourist board who seems to think that Bratislava is attractive.
(, Mon 22 Apr 2013, 14:40, closed)
There's tiny bits of Bratislava which are very attractive
but lots of bits which really aren't. Has a definite 'Soviet deprivation' vibe going on in large parts of it.
(, Mon 22 Apr 2013, 14:45, closed)
It really is a city that is undergoing recovery from communism
I visit their fairly frequently, prior to heading off to other destinations in the east of the country. I only ever really stop for one day at the most, but the rapid rejuvenation that appears to occur on each visit is absolutely incredible. Each time it seems to get a little cleaner and more modern, although glaring issues do still exist and the class divide is incredibly apparent. It's like watching the last thirty years of the UK happen over the space of five years.

It's like they've witnessed the capitalist model in terms of building upon existing wealth and power (often gained through corruption during Soviet rule.) and created a super efficient version of it, with exceptionally efficient oppression of those that don't wield that power.

Of course, it's a smaller economy so the divide becomes much more apparent at a much faster rate.

Very interesting to see of course, but, that's not what tourists look for when flicking through the Going Places catalogue.
(, Mon 22 Apr 2013, 16:57, closed)
Discounts on child prostitutes?
Count me, um, very much out.
(, Mon 22 Apr 2013, 14:19, closed)

strip club pet shop
(, Mon 22 Apr 2013, 14:28, closed)

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