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Day 453: …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Vienna, Austria – Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia is only an hour away from Vienna. I don’t really know much about it except that it’s the city where the horror movie “Hostel” is supposed to take place in. I believe the movie goes something like this: Backpackers go to a Slovak hostel, ended up being tortured to death in a dungeon.

Now, I’ve never watched the movie, nor do I think it’s wise for me to watch it while on the road and staying in hostels most of the time.

Slovakia’s government was not all too happy about the movie. Here’s what Wiki says regarding their reaction:

The film’s release was accompanied by strong complaints from the country of Slovakia, and also from the Czech Republic. Slovak and Czechs officials were disgusted by the film’s portrayal of their country as an undeveloped, poor and uncultured land suffering from high criminality, war and prostitution,fearing it would “damage the good reputation of Slovakia” and make foreigners feel it was a dangerous place to be. The tourist board of Slovakia invited Roth on an all-expense paid trip to their country so he could see it is not made up of run down factories and kids who kill for bubble gum. Tomáš Galbavý, a Slovak Member of Parliament, commented: “I am offended by this film. I think that all Slovaks should feel offended.”

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