Q: Could you tell me where can I get my laundry done in Bratislava and how much it will cost me?
A: While in the UK or US you might take your laundry to the launderette and do it yourself or drop it off and have it done for you, in Slovakia, you can only go for the second option. There was an attempt at establishing self-service launderettes in 1968, but the plan collapsed because most Slovaks had washing machines at home, and students would either do it themselves in a bathtub or take it home and have mum do it.
Nowadays, you can take your laundry to a launderette (práčovňa or čistiareň) and the staff will wash it for you within a couple of days. If you drop it off from Monday to Wednesday it will usually be ready the next day, but if you drop it off on Thursday or Friday, you might need to wait until the weekend is over. Most launderettes also offer ironing as a service. Washing and ironing a sheet usually costs around Sk25, shirts cost around Sk40. Here are some addresses of launderettes in Bratislava:
Chemická rýchločistiareň Mariol, Kúpeľná 8-10. Tel: 02/5263-5135 (city centre)
Rýchločistiareň a práčovňa Kalea, Gercenova 38. Tel: 02/6345-2374 (Petržalka)
Minipráčovňa u babičky, Romanova 23/A. Tel: 02/6382-7186 (Petržalka)
Inprokom laundrette has 14 collecting offices around the city, eight in the centre, on Kvačalova 28, Grősslingova 49, Štefánikova 24, Záhradnícka 37, Kozia 26, Šancova 80, Škultétyho 12, and Prešovská 45, and the rest out of the center on Romanova 1, Kašmírska 21, Hálkova 12, Pod lipami 1, Ostredkova (OD Budúcnosť), Stavbárska 42. The headquarters are at Prešovská 45.
Q: Where can I take salsa lessons in Bratislava? I used to go salsa dancing salsa in my home country and would like to continue. Is it possible here?
A: Yes! Although dancing Latin American salsa (meaning sauce in Spanish, by the way) is not terribly wide- spread in this country, it is possible to do it. The Flamenco Club on Štefánikova 14 has one-hour salsa lessons for beginners and advanced dancers. The instructors are Slovak, most of whom have danced abroad and learned salsa from Latin American dancers, such as Miguel Mendez from Nicaragua.
Beginners: Mondays at 19:00, Tuesday to Saturday at 18:00.
Advanced dancers: Tuesday to Saturday at 19:00.
One lesson costs Sk100. For more information see www.lcp.sk or contact Miguel Mendez at 0905/254-134.
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12. May 2003 at 0:00