Turkish Thermal Baths :o)

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

We rocked up in Budapest, Hungary. The city is divided into 2 parts via a river down the middle. "Buda" and "Pest" - wihch i didnt actually know untill i started reading about the city. I wasn't sure what to make of my opinion first up. The huge hike we undertook from the train station to the hostel drained me so much, and i saw some things which didn't help the outlook very much. The section of Pest town we were entering wasn't the best, and seemed to be a bit more on the 'ghetto' side (if you wanna think of it in that way) with the buildings very dirty, decaying with alot of rubish and polution all througout the streets. Once we found our hostel, it wasn't exactly in the best condition either. We went inside and the place was a little nicer inside atleast, but not very big. Our backs were hurting from our packs, and our legs were aching. We crashed on our beds for a while before getting up to search for something to eat, as again we hadn't eaten the entire day and were starving.

Well, after rummaging around our local area attempting to find something to eat we disapointingly settled at macca's, as everywhere we went we had people bugging us to come into their restuarant, and we weren't in the mood to put up with their antics. After gutsing it down and waltzing back to the hostel to chill out. A few of the people in the common room were getting up and ready to head out, they waltzed in and asked me if i was interested. Definatly couldn't be bothered at the time and i had just finished brushing my teeth, but maybe i need this to snap out of it a bit. I went and met the others, i already had been talking to this Turkish girl staying in our dorm, but there was about 8 of us all up. It was about 10:45 and we headed to our first pub. The weather was absolutely beautiful and warm with no wind what so ever. A great t-shirt and shorts night :o) The group consisted of Aussies and American's (and one Turkish girl). The first pub we were at didn't have the best atmosphere so we headed off after a couple of beers. After abouts 15 mintues of all of us walking througout the streets this guy lifted up this rug over a door way (??? who knows) there was something goin on inside, so we randomly just walked in. Once entered it looked very very sketchy with the floor, wall and ceiling in tiles, all grafiti'd very heavily. To our suprise after walking passed all of this and getting some wierd looks we ended up at this fair descent beer garden where a hell of alot of people were at. They were a great bunch of people with lots to talk about. The beer was so cheap here, about $1.50 australian for a pint! Once i got back to the table, there were these 2 American guys talking to this American girl that they met there at the pub. She was not the smartest, and they convinced her that they're irish (with their phony accent) and were related to her through her grandfather - haha, it was the funniest thing i've ever seen! I had to laugh when she said to them put on an American accent (and when they spoke normal) she said "thats the most phoniest accent i've heard!" haha ah geez... We headed home througout the streets which didn't seem quite safe if you were on your own. We got in and went to bed.

The next morning we must of been a bit loud as i whitnessed a neighbour complaining to the hostel lady. Oops! We got up and headed to the markets which were just around the corner. There was so many wonderful and cheap things to buy, but today i was gonna save my cash. We ended up having a huge plate of goolash for only 700 Forint (just over 4 Aussie dollars) which was soooo yum and looking around the markets again. The sky was clear, the sun was belting down and a slight breeze - you know what!!! Lets hit up the Turkish Baths! :oP The bath's were left there from when the Turkish invaded Hungary. Dafne, The Turkish girl (funly enough) recommended one, so we trotted off to get our bathers and then to the metro. The bath's were absolutely awesome, several pools with a various amounts of temperature - naturally we went to the 38 degree's one, and just relaxed for a couple of hours soaking up the sun! Then after drying out we went into the sauna - now this was the hottest i've ever been in my life. It was in between 90 and 100 degree's in there, it was so hot, that you had to breathe slowly as any normal breath would burn your insides. I ended up having to get out because my chain around my neck heated up and was burning me haha! One thing i'll remember though is the wierd statue between the pools of this woman posing with a huge smile with a swan biting her nipple! haha - wierd huh? We went for a short walk to the castle near by which was quite descent actually and around the local gardens before heading back for a nice big cheap schnitty.
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moses on

go east....there is vodka there.......
take it you like eastern europe mate!! haha happy travels dude

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