Still in Szombathely

Trip Start Jul 16, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Well, the ijk might be over but I've got another Esperanto do lined up in a week's time in Slovakia. So after a couple of hectic weeks I think I'll relax here in Hungary... maybe practise my Hungarian a bit.

Yesterday, everything went according to plan as Péter had to nip over to Austria for some reason so I had a less than hectic day. I'd actually planned to take a trip to Koszeg by bus, as I'd enjoyed the town so much, but as yesterday was Sunday there seemed to be so few buses running that I gave it a miss.

I'm enjoying the place so much I could imagine myself getting stuck here like this bloke...

Today, I ran into Péter and his mate Kondi. Péter's funny but Kondi has a great sense of humour too.

Anyway, they suggested that Kondi drive us to Koszeg for a look around and a few beers. So off we went.

Once in Köszeg I was informed that the pub next to the railway station is known as the observatory by the locals because each morning and each evening, the sight of everyone lifting their beer bottles looks as if they are astronomers with telescopes.

First stop was a beer garden that had absolutely no signage outside. One of Péter's mates who's originally from Koszeg suggested it. The speciality of the place is wine. They have wine in strange containers at the bar that they serve it from with a ladle. The wine is often drunk half and half with mineral water. Quite a nice combination actually.

We also had a snack. Pig fat smeared on bread topped with salt and paprika and lots of onions. Absolutely delicious. Plus of course we had to have a few shots to cut through the fat. Somehow all that cost about $3! Actually the friend had tipped us off that no matter what you order everything seems to cost 600 Forint. It turned out to be pretty well true.

Now it was time for me to venture away from the idyllic beer-garden into the bar to try to order a few drinks myself, in Hungarian. This was of course one of the highlights of the day for me and I wasn't surprised when a few of the locals wanted to have a chat. This led to a few more shots while we were waiing for our wines to be poured...

After all that we finally did get to go into town... to the church. I got this photo inside... but... I've got absolutely no recollection of setting foot in the church... Hmmm... a miracle perhaps?

As the Austrian border is nearby they decided to take me over for a look and I had to do the typical Australian tourist thing of standing with a foot in two different countries. For them, I suppose, it is no big deal.

Then tea in a superb spot in the hills somewhere near Austria. Much nicer than a counter meal at the Sir William Don I must say.

Then on the way back to Szombathely Péter suggested we drop in on some friends in some tiny village. What a wonderful house. The foyer was full of huge plants growing up the walls; it was like a botanical garden. And the books! Well, I've got a few, but these were on shelves. It wasn't just on this side where I had the photo taken but there were just as many out of the shot and on the other side of the room and in a few other nooks and crannies.

I don't know how long we were there but I really enjoyed the atmosphere as the teenagers in the house came over to chat as well... this wasn't an Esperanto thing but it certainly was made possible for me through Esperanto.
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