Slovakia, Bratislava

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Since I was in Bratislava for such a short amount of time, I really didn’t have time to dig into the meat of it and the only bit of history I really learned about it was from my cheeky map found in the hostel.  Seriously, I get so much entertainment out of reading many of these maps.  I find maps fascinating anyway and when they are punctuated with fun facts and hidden locations, they’re even better.  Here is what the map taught me about Bratislava: 

It was first technically established around the 8th century but not much rally happened there until the early 1900s when it became part of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and did not even appear officially on the map until March 17, 1919, which is odd considering it is now the capital city.  It briefly became the capital of the First Slovak Republic in 1938 but once the communist party seized power again, it lost this title.  Things got worse in 1968 when, “Big Brother comes to visit us.  We woke up with Soviet tanks and soldiers in our front gardens.  Young people took in the streets shouting out their protests, but the Russians are here to stay.”  The communist regime lasted until late 1989 until the Velvet Revolution occurred, a nonviolent transition of power initiated by students.  In 1993, Czechoslovakia officially broke into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  And of course in 1995 they got their “first McDonalds- We’re really not a communist country anymore.”  See? What did I tell you?  Cheeky as hell.  Keep reading