Last Day in Szombathely

Trip Start Jul 16, 2008
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Well, my last full day in Hungary.

I thought it was a bit bizarre that there were so many golfers in town... young ones at that. But those bags that look like golf bags contain no golf clubs... they actually contain epees and sabres and the like. They are actually fencing bags. There was some sort of international tournament on at the uni by the looks of things. Quite strange to see so many youngsters in their strange fencing uniforms - funny medieval knickerbockers and long socks.

No wonder Hungary has had so many fencing medals compared to probably none for Australia. You actually need to have your gymnasiums rigged up with all this electronic equipment as well.

Back to the central square for a beer. The square has recently been done up and they have this rather snappy looking pair of subterranean toilets. We take them out in Australia and over here they are still putting them in - rather civilised I think.

View back at one of the fountains. A nice peaceful scene as usual. Aah, silence!... no skate-boarders...

And the outside cafe where we decided to have a beer.

It suddenly got a bit cold so what do they do? They put a blanket over each seat. What a brilliant idea!! Well, maybe you can't do that in Australia as someone will pinch them, or throw up on them... or refuse to use them because you can't look cool. Well, I think I've disproved that... don't I look cool?

I've got a left-over pic of one of my favourite restaurants... in what used to be a brewery. Or have I added that already? Well, I ate there at least twice so I suppose I can use it twice.

And my favourite pub. Két Medve - The Two Bears. What a cool word for pub in Hungarian - Söröző. Huge, with a beer garden, pin-ball, lots of wooden benches and tables. Hungarian beer on tap :) Bit like a combination of the New Sydney and Knopwoods but not so dark and dreary.

I spent my last evening playing poker as there was a little tournament going on and Peter was determined that we enter. The other players seemed to be all his friends. One of them was in the local fire brigade and he had a few stories to tell about the water fight that was organised as part of the IJK. IJK participants versus the local fire brigard. I missed it unfortunately but apparently some of the Esperantists got a bit carried away and started to hit the firemen with bottles of water so they had to be subdued. I suspect it would have been a bit one-sided with this particular fireman looking pretty fit and a lot of the Esperantists being pacifist vegetarians...
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