Trip Start May 01, 2010
33Trip End Jul 10, 2010
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Well it's wonderful to be back in the familiar European setting. We flew from Moscow yesterday and it was an awfully long day of travelling. I was kept amused in all the duty free shops comparing prices for skincare and cosmetics while Daniel perused the Russian vodka and other alcohol on offer. Can you believe you can still smoke in the Moscow airport! So even in duty free everything stinks of smoke.
Once we landed in Budapest we weren't up to navigating the metro and public buses to get us to the hotel and splurged on a taxi. I must say everything seems so well organised here in Budapest. You are not hassled by taxi drivers. There is a booth where you line up, tell the operator where you are going and she prints off a ticket with the price and the address of our hotel. The taxi driver was a young guy who spoke English really well and he told us that English is taught in schools here
Because we were the last to check in for the day at 11pm we somehow managed to end up with a disabled room again!!! Unfortunately the whole hotel was booked out so we had to put up with a doorless and flooded shower. The rest of the room was nice and the location was fantastic being in the very centre of Budapest.
Our friends Bec and Ross had given us a tour of Budapest and a visit to the bathhouse so we met up with the tour guide just near our hotel. There were about 10 other people in the group, 6 others were young aussie backpackers. The tour went at a very gradual pace, and our tour guide was knowledgeable and the way he said things in his Hungarian accent was quite amusing! According to the guide, hungarian is one of the most difficult languages to learn which I can beleive. He showed us the alphabet and said a few phrases for us which were the funiest sounds I have heard come out of someone's mouth! The weather in Budapest is strange, warm one minute and raining and cold the next! The walking tour included most of the sites in Budapest including the chain bridge and the castle district. As we saw, Budapest is a very beautiful city and it was great to also hear some of the history of Budapest and how it was during communism which was quite interesting. They seemed to have had it a bit easier in Budapest with more freedom than in other soviet countries (due to the wildness of the Hungarians according to our guide). Thanks to Bec and Ross for the tour. Without it we would have seen very little of Budapest and it was great to have an 'insider' show us around.
The walking tour went for around 4 hours so we were glad to get back to the hotel before heading out for some typical Hungarian food. The food was OK but being similar to Austrian food that we had tried, it was very heavy. We shared a goulash soup, veal livers, goulash stew with Hungarian pasta and a pork dish with peppers and of course Hungarian paprika. The veal livers were covered in fat as you may see in the photo but the other dishes were tasty.
Tomorrow we are going to the hot baths!
Love Ly and Daniel