Buda and Pest

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

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

After coming home from the Thermal bath's earlier today I was all prepared to have an early night as we were both feeling weary, however i was chatting to the girl that worked in the hostel, and she convinced me to head out to the pub next door as it will be a great atmosphere (Ireland was playing Budapest at Budapest). So there were lots of people out, i'm not sure what the result was however the Irish guys were quite happy and drunk at the bar, they were trying for about 45 minutes to pick up a match box off the ground with their mouth, but without using their hands to assist in anyhow. I only had a beer or two as i was having a quite one, and chatting with this other Aussie from my home down Adelaide which was interesting. All of a sudden a HUGE raw came from the direction of the Irish guys - one of the blokes FINALLY managed to pick it up! haha - impressive! But up early the next morning to try and suss Visa requirements for Macedonia as we'll be heading to Serbia on a night train the night afte, then another one through Macedonia to Athens.

The next day (today) we awoke, and trotted off to suss out my Visa requirements, however the embassy was shut and i couldnt get any further information. So i'll give it ago in Belgrade. So for the day we were off to explore the Buda side as we had yet to experience this. My honest thoughts is that its an alot more attractive place with alot more monumental structures. Maybe due to the fact that the King made this side his home. We trecked up a mountain which had a great view, and 3 / 4 the way up there was a Cave Church, which was founded on a pilgrimidge in 1924.  The church used the natural inside of a cave and its tunnels going far inside the mountain.  Beautiful setting and very interesting!   Then up towards the top for the lookout. From here you could get a great view of buda but mostly pest as it over looked the river. We were recommended this Pizza place over the opposite side of Buda, so we took a long walk there, along the river bank, and it is actually quite nice here. It turned out there was no such pizza place, so that was dispointing as we walked for ages to find it, however we got to see a great part of the city. From here we walked up more behind Buda side, passed the old relic style Matyac Church, which definatly stood out to Gellert Hill which was like a Palace and had a birds eye view over the entire both sides of the city.  Here was the famous Liberation Monument that commemorates the liberation of Budapest by the Russian arm's in the mid 1940's.  Here was the beginning of communist rule which lasted till the late 80's.  This part of town was actually had quite beautiful and well preserved buildings that dated back god knows how long. Very nice to look at, but it was getting dark so time to head back to the train station as our backpacks are there in storage for the day.

At first i was not sure what to make of this city, however the longer i stayed here the more it grew on me and i enjoyed it. Haha however, every meal has cabage with it! haha i'm not a huge fan of cabage... But the history is quite interesting and a place i'd recommend taking some time to see.
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