Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Bratislava, Slovakia (DoubleTree by Hilton, Bratislava)

I must be getting lazy. I really only had two things that I wanted to do today. First, to mail the two birthday gifts that I prepared for mailing last night and second, to get a haircut.

The first was sort of easy to do. I now knew where the nearest post office was. It just took a bit longer to communicate with the woman at the post office who was helping me with the postage for the packages. I left each of the packages open in case there was a rule that the post office has the right to inspect what is being mailed. (Happened to me in Dublin.) The woman said no additional tape was necessary to seal each of the packages, so I went on faith that she was correct. Now, the question is how long it will take for each of the packages to be received in the U.S. We will see…

Next up was finding a place to get my hair cut. It had been almost a month since I last got it cut. When I was in London at the end of April. The treatment on my scalp left that part of my head looking rather grim. The lotion attacks the potential cancer and turns it red. I didn’t want to get my hair cut until my head looked more normal so to not gross out whoever was cutting my hair.

But, where to get a haircut? I Googled “barber” and found some places in the immediate vicinity. The first few I couldn’t find. I eventually found a salon that had set up shop in a sport complex next to public tennis courts. No one in the salon spoke very good English, but they understood (probably by looking at my scraggly hair) what I wanted. The young woman who was assigned to cut my hair did a good job overall. Nothing fancy, but got all of the hairs cut. I was happy.

And that was about all I wanted to do. I really didn’t have much interest in exploring more of the city. I was now getting concerned about making all the connections tomorrow that would get me to London and the Airbnb flat that I had rented. When I returned to my hotel room, I mapped out each of the steps and developed a quick timeline to ensure that I could make each connection.

Here is my list that will get from Bratislava to Vienna, to London, and to Airbnb Flat:
1). Pack suitcase
2). Check out of hotel
3). Take taxi to train station and make sure I’m going to the right station.
4). Get ticket for the correct train that would get me to Vienna’s main station
5). Board train to Vienna
6). Find taxi at Vienna train station that will take me to airport
7). Check in with airline at the Vienna Airport
8). Go through Passport Control
9). Go through Security
10). Board Plane
11). Arrive at London’s Gatwick Airport
12). Go through Passport Control
13). Get suitcase in baggage area
14). Go to the Gatwick train station and buy a Gatwick Express ticket to London
15). Find the next Gatwick Express train going to London’s Victoria Station
16). Board train
17). Confirm how to get from Victoria Station to Kings Cross Station
18). Take underground or taxi from station to Airbnb flat and arrive by 2:30

I could have time-boxed each step, but I kind of know how long each step can take. We will see tomorrow how this plan works out.

Last night for dinner I ordered a tomato-based linguine from the hotel’s room service. It was okay, but not very filling. For tonight, what the heck. I walked over to McDonald’s and picked up a couple of cheeseburgers. I enjoyed the evening walk to and from McDonald’s.

Tomorrow I’m planning to get up at 5:00 a.m. and be out of the hotel by 6:00 a.m. This evening, I started to re-watch The Crown. That will get me in the mood for my trip to London.

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