It’s been a few years since i’ve been to Eastern Europe and then it was only a weekend in Poland. And that weekend in Poland wasn’t in any city but instead with friends at their lakeside cabin. Now I don’t want to discount or downplay that experience. It was lovely riding in the train and then walking across the boarder. Since I was the only American, I remember it taking longer for the crossing official to look through my passport before letting me cross but nothing else unusual. After we crossed the boarder, I think we took a bus out to where the cabin was and just enjoyed the beautiful nature and everyone’s company. It was a great weekend getaway but not a super comprehensive view of what Eastern Europe has to offer. So now I find myself back in this part of Europe experiencing it really for the first time. Hungary and Slovakia are countries 29 and 30, respectively, on my travel list and together they open up a whole new world for me.
My travel from Budapest to Kosice went without a hitch. I got about 4 hours of sleep once I flew into Budapest so it was a short night but I had plenty of time in the morning to buy my ticket, figure out where the train platform was and sit on the train wondering if it was the right one before it departed at 6:30 am. Hopefully, I will get to see a little more of Budapest before I leave next week because as of right now my experiences have been limited to a talkative taxi driver, buying water from a vendor and quite a few people who told me they didn’t speak English as I was trying to figure things out at the station.
Kosice is the second largest city in Slovakia boasting about 240,000 people. It has a beautiful downtown walking area and good ice cream so it’s been a good first couple of days. Here are a few pictures of the city. Enjoy!