Day 14 - Budapest Ahoy!

Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End May 16, 2009

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10 beds, 7th District, Budapest

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

 Well today, Noni was hungover which was most amusing, but less so because I was suffering from hayfever (damn pretty Linz and its trees of sneezyness). But we had a lovely breakfast (simple but lovely) with some of the people from last night. I checked out so that I could bother Noni in her room until it was time to head to the train station.
I'm pretty sure the train station and the subsequent train journey was uneventful - when the ticket inspector checked our tickets, he indicated that we were on the wrong carriage for Budapest (he didn't speak English, so a nice couple interjected and translated for us) so in Vienna, we had to move down the train to the end carriage because, when the train took off again, the carriage that we had been in was left behind.
Arriving in Budapest was uneventful too - though we did get hassled as we got off the train if we wanted a room to stay in. We also got a bit lost trying to find the hostel (I listened to Noni and was not assertive). The hostel is really nice - the guy who runs it is a former Australian (he said he hadn't been back for 20 years, but you could still tell where he originated) and was pretty informal about the whole transaction, he even sat down with us and explained the city on some maps and answered our questions. We were both not too fussed about actually doing anything but we had to get these Budapest cards (discounted entry to places, free transport travel) that Noni had pre-purchased.
After finding the Budapest card place, I was very hungry and Noni was even more hungry than that again, so we decided to go to any place that didn't look so bad. We found a pizza shop which sold other things and the menu was in English so we went there. I had turkey breast with camembert sauce and Noni had a craving for lasagna. I also tried the local spirit - which I can't pronounce - it tasted a lot like methylated spirits but was drinkable and it cleared up my lungs a bit which had been bothering me somewhat after arriving in Budapest. All in all, a good start I think.
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