HOWEVER, in February 2015 that all changed and I shall now share with you the recent Slater & Smurf challenge: 4 countries 8 days. I'll probably let the pictures do most of the talking because I'm lazy like that.
FIRST STOP: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Flew out of Birmingham this year. Flight was nice and simple, and they don't piss about opening doors and getting suitcases off in Slovakia, either. Bratislava is pretty small, and very similar to Tallinn.
|St Martin's Cathedral|
|That one ridiculous bear selfie|
|Smurf's arse after she fell on the steps of Slavin and broke her elbow|
|View from UFO observation deck|
Bathrooms flooded: 1
Cafes left due to powercuts: 1
Elbows broken: 1
Shit taps: 1
Number of people who don't understand the word 'food', but can say 'kitchen is closed': 1
SECOND STOP: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Since Vienna is only an hour from Bratislava on the train, we took a daytrip there.
|St Stephen's Cathedral|
Police riots narrowly missed: 1
Number of Austrians who questioned if Smurf was truly English: 1
Number of people who questioned why the Austrians weren't speaking Austrian: 1 (not me)
THIRD STOP: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Next we took a train from Bratislava to Budapest, which took about 2.5 hours. When we arrived we found we had paid onl 53 euros for a FULL ON apartment. Bargain o'clock.
Number of times you had to turn the key in our door: 5
LAST STOP: KIEV, UKRAINE
Almost as bizarre as Russia, YET SO FASCINATING.What is this place?
Heavy snow: check. Toilet rolls with Vladimir Putin's face on: check. AMAZING churches: check.
Cheap as frig vodka: check. Cheap as frig everything: check.
|Kiev Pechersk Lavra|
|Rodina-mat, motherland statue|
|Memorials to people who died in last year's riots|
|Smurf's new friend|
Number of banks that don't change GBP to Hryvnia: 39849328429384329
Number of banks that do change GBP to Hryvnia: 1
Monks who knock cameras out of people's hands: 1
Times room service just doesn't turn up: 1
Number of bars and restaurants in the hotel: 4
Number that were open: 1. Sometimes.
Kievs eaten in Kiev: 1 each
How many bottles of vodka you can buy for £3: 2
Number of guys dressed in tiger outfits who hate Putin: 1
AND THAT JUST ABOUT SUMS THAT UP.