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September 16, 2009

Locks and Bratislava’s wild and crazy guys – on Viking river cruise

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Bet you’re heard of Bratislava, even if you don’t remember hearing it. The Slovakian captial of 500,000 is where SNL’s original “wild and crazy guys” come from, as in “We’re two wild and crazy guys from Bratislava.”

I knew this, but didn’t expect to encounter such a type even before I got off the boat. Yet as I opened the sliding glass window of my cabin for a better view as we got near the city, there he was onshore, a John Belushi-esque construction worker, mooning and patting his butt as we passed by. Sorry, I did not react fast enough to get a photo.

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Touring the city on the free tour provided by Viking River Cruises (I am a passenger this week on the new Viking Legend), our guide was a less-wild Med student and we saw the Old Town including beautiful St. Martin’s Cathedral, where Hungarian kings were once crowned (way back when Bratislava was capital of Hungary) and the impressive 15th century Michael’s Gate. Slovakia has only been a country since 1993, when it split from what’s now the Czech (more…)

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