Day 9: Budapest, Hungary

Trip Start Sep 09, 2013
Trip End Oct 09, 2013

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Flag of Hungary  , Budapest,
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fortunately we have legs, because walking seemed especially imperative for the day's events. Our limbs brought us first to parliament, which was under construction, nevertheless a beautiful piece of work. We then ventured to the River Danube, or "the Nile" as we liked to refer to it following an inquiry via some incredibly oblivious tourists. Chain Bridge so kindly led us from Pest to Buda side where we ascended some hybrid trolley-elevator (we'll call it the Trolley-vator) in hopes of some baffling panorama. After getting exactly that, a dozen pictures, plus a small romp around Buda Castle, we stopped once more for St. Stephens Basilica and headed home for a quick bite.

16:00 soon rolled around, and it was time to meet Becca's friend, Dora. We shuffled ourselves to the known meeting point (Oktagon) hoping for a coffee in the near future. A side street cafe and a pick-me-up later, Dora insisted we visit a Ruin Pub - a once lively building abandoned and transformed into a, you guessed it, pub. Apparently these are specifically unique to Budapest and are a must-do. Though we visited during less than peak bar hours, it brought us all some enjoyable conversation and a first taste of Palinka - traditional Hungarian schnapps.

Dora doled out some city expertise, as well as some language essentials and post office pointers. Her and Becca were also able to catch up since they last saw each other in Hawaii. They called it a "Kalani Reunion".

After giving much thanks and saying farewell to Dora, we popped into the corner Greek place, which, to allow ourselves the pleasure of food connoisseurs for no reason, was sufficient, but a bit subpar (insert snobby French laugh). No worries, we didn't need too much - the day was enough.

Budapest, what can be said? Your people are kind and your charm is overwhelming. "Szia" tomorrow.

Ps. We have been craving ice water. And I mean craving! They don't believe in ice here. Anyways so our server at dinner asked if we wanted "ice" water and we were thrilled and said yes of course. She comes back with sparkling water. Ughh. We wanted ICE CUBES not carbonation.
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