Samstag, 9. Januar 2010
Pretty in Bratislava
I introduced Ms Neusiedler to Bratislava today. Maybe not the very best of days, but our glas was half full and we got the hour without rain to walk around. Afterwards my must have cakes and coffees in the Café Café.

Bratislava, Ufo. (novala)
View from the castle over to the Ufo and Petržalka

Lara spotted this odd disposal of empty Bauschaum cans.

Bauschaum. (novala)

Bauschaum. (novala)

Main square

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Mittwoch, 7. Januar 2009
Dateien herunterziehen
Ich schätze den Aufwand des Slowakischen Nationaltheaters sehr, auch die Sprachen ausländischer Gäste zu bedienen. Ernsthaft. Die machen das großartig, ich fühle mich gut versorgt und willkommen.

Darf ich mich trotzdem ein bisschen über die Übersetzungen lustig machen?

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Freitag, 2. Januar 2009
Slovakia is Euro
Since 1 Jan 2009 Slovakia is the 16th EU member state that has introduced the Euro as its currency.

If you need to exchange old Slovak crowns you can do so for free until 27 Feb at the Austrian National Bank. 30,126 SKK = 1 EUR.

Opening hours in Vienna:
Otto-Wagner-Platz 3: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 8:00 – 15:00 h, Thu: 8:00–16:30 Uhr
Garnisongasse 15: Mon - Fri: 8:00–13:00 h

Austrian National Bank

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Montag, 29. Dezember 2008
Slovak National Theater: The Nutcracker
The quality of a National Theater, the prices of a school show, free parking – why going to the theater in Vienna if Bratislava is around the corner?

Slovak National Theater. (novala)
Slovak National Theater, new building

Once more we were delighted by what we saw in the Slovak National Theater. This time we went to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker – the “Luskáčik”. I hadn’t seen any photos when I bought the tickets and wasn’t sure whether we were going to see a modern or a classical version. It was classical (typical for a Christmas show) which was a relief because going to the ballet was our present for a dancing 12-year old. Speaking for myself I would have preferred the modern version. The classical formation ballet has long being stopped my cup of tea. When I was 12, though, I would have died for a ballet like last night.

First of all, we are speaking of Tchaikovsky here, the grand master of all heart-dancing ballets. Secondly, we saw a performance that is really unsurpassable in terms of scenery and costumes. It’s hard to describe: It was full of really lush colors, lots of glittery and shining dresses, funny ideas, and a fairy tale stage. (Picture gallery) But it was somehow not tacky. The designers put a lot of effort into every detail and what you see is an integral whole instead of pretty bits and pieces that don’t match.

The only lowlight was the first picture. It was beautiful to look at, but I was missing the dancing. People moved a lot, but they didn’t really dance. Once we got past the first picture, though, a fireworks started well accompanied by a small but good orchestra.

We loved it.

Slovak National Theater: Luskáčik

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Donnerstag, 9. Oktober 2008
Slovak Title Galore
For reasons I walked into a Slovak public administration office in Bratislava. Seems they fancy titles as much as Austrians.

Name tags. (novala)

What is MUDR?

Name tags. (novala)

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Mittwoch, 8. Oktober 2008
Es ist überhaupt nicht witzig
Wir mussten aber trotzdem lachen.
Fahrschule Ficker - großartig!

Autoskola. (novala)

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Dienstag, 15. Januar 2008
My Bratislava Opera Premiere
It took me only about 7 year to finally pay the Bratislava opera a visit. Last night I saw and listened to one of my favorites - Dvořák's "Rusalka". The music was fantastic. Especially the female singers were whipped cream to my ears. The stage scenery, unfortunately, was more codliver oil than champagne. Not my taste. The first act was ok, the second and third were bad with a tendency towards awful.

Opera Bratislava. (novala)
The historical building

Opera Bratislava. (novala)
The entrance

Opera Bratislava. (novala)
Click to see panorama pic: oper_ba_xl (jpg, 113 KB)

Opera Bratislava. (novala)
Downstairs you can sit on these cute mushrooms. I assume they are well-tended remnants from socialism.

What really impressed me was the service: The opera is in Czech, subtitles in German. The program is available in Slovak and an English/German version.

Slovak National Theater [Slovak, English]

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Montag, 13. August 2007
Bratislava: New Views
Several new experiences added to the last couple of days. I finally saw Bratislava on a work day which is quite a difference to weekends as you can imagine. I like that place despite the drunk British tourists with red wool wigs.

Just go somewhere else. Up to the Russian Memorial for example. There might be easier ways to get there than the one we took. It's not necessary to take the detour over Brno. Just turn left somewhere near the Central Station.

View from Russian Memorial, Bratislava. (novala)
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The other thing I found funny was crossing the border. It has never been a big deal for me, since licence-plate and passport kind of went together. But with an American and a German in Austrian car entering the country from Slovakia it's different. While the police guys usually don't even want to see my passport this time one of them even walked in front of the car to check whatever.

The border-crossing Kittsee/Jarovce looks like a gay club.

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Samstag, 21. April 2007
Street Smart in Slovakia
Street signs. (novala)

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Sonntag, 15. April 2007
A Tribute to The Most Sparkling and Honorable Citizen of L., Dr. Fred Fisher
"So what are you going to write about today?", Fred Fisher asked me.
"Dunnow", I said, "we'll see."

So, yes, come and see. Nitra. Not Nitro. Small town 86 km east of Bratislava. Nice landscape.

Nitra. (novala)

Mmmh hmmm, the thing is that I could write a lot about today. Like how fortunate I was to have him all for myself. Or what we discussed. Or how long it took us to find the place for lunch s.o. had recommended to him (I can recommend it, too, but forgot the name, of course).

Nitra. (novala)

Certain stuff I don't want to reveal in a public blog, so it stays unwritten in my memory and in the future.

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