found a framed drawing of the Castle and St. Martins Cathedral in a booth on the square and purchased that as well. Bratislava and Slovakia itself appear to have suffered much in the days of communism and everything looks gray, dowdy and a bit down in the mouth. Their politics has been chaotic since the fall of communism in 1989 and even more so after they and the Czech Republic peacefully separated into two different countries. Obviously, the lack of money, both public and private, is a critical factor in the continuing problems of this country of but 5 million people, 420,000 of whom live in the capital of which 120,000 live in the grisly, gray concrete boxes erected during communism.
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