Thursday, June 9, 2011


Bratislava seems like a normal city, but there are always all these small reminders of communism. My favorite communist era reminder is Kofola, a delicious soft drink.

According to my Slovak hosts (and this contradicts the wikipedia article on the drink), during communist times, Czechoslovaks couldn't get Coca-Cola, so Kofola was invented to satisfy the need for a cold cola beverage.

Some people get down on Kofola because it's a cheap, communist knock-off of Coca-Cola, but I think it's a delicious link to this region's complicated past.

And oh, it is delicious. For some reason, the combination of herbs they use make it taste kind of like gummy bears.

I like it more than Coke. Don't tell my Uncle George.