Just like that, two years passed and I was standing with all my bags at Mumbai airport ready to leave India for another new life somewhere else. You can see my last day in India by clicking the link below:
Fast forward 11 weeks, which is the longest summer holiday I’ve had since starting teaching, and here I am sitting in a gorgeous town apartment in Bratislava: my new home. It’s a world and a half away from India – and then some.
‘Where?’ I hear you ask.
This is the standard response I get when I tell people I’m moving to Bratislava. Everybody’s heard of Prague, Vienna and Budapest, but sitting in-between these well-known cities is the wonderful country of Slovakia and its lovely capital city, Bratislava.
I’ll be the first to admit that I live a fairly ridiculously charmed life (anybody know the Shakespeare reference there?) as an international teacher – teaching allows me to work in many places around the world and even gives me a shed-load of holidays for travelling. But, even I can’t quite believe how well things have worked out this time.
Bratislava is a great city to be based in: Vienna is 40 minutes away, giving me the choice of two airports to fly from; Prague and Budapest are a few hours by train; the Tatra mountain range is a few hours by car; and I’ve got the city of Bratislava to explore too! Although the city isn’t that big, there are loads of restaurants catering to a thriving tourist industry in the Historical City Centre. There will be chances to ride boats down the river, go to the opera, and Slovakians LOVE gelato. I have seen more ice-cream parlours here than anywhere else I’ve been!
Yeah, tomorrow I have to get back into working life after an 11-week hiatus (not gonna lie, the alarm clock might kill me), but something’s got to fund my life choices, right? I can’t wait to see what life is Bratislava is going to bring!
Have you got any tips for Bratislava or Slovakia? Please let me know in the comments, and share the post with any of your travelling buddies!