A Work&Relax time at Balaton Lake in Hungaria
Trip Start Feb 05, 2009
29Trip End Dec 16, 2010
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After spending some days with my soulmate Roman and his girlfriend Martina, it is time to move on. Thanks for the drum session, your house being mine and your support with and without words. We will see us in India!? The van is repaired again, time to continue our journey. Crossing the border into Slovakia, sightseeing their capital Bratislava, then crossing into Hungaria, discussing a no-head lights fine with the police. In Hungaria we camp out at Balaton lake, working on the van and relaxing as well. I am unstressed and living the moment! Visiting Touristy Tihany as well (LP says Too cute to be true ;-))
After my time with Roman and the van repaired, it is time to move on again. The one big deadline is crossing the Kunjib pass going from China into Pakistan. To be sure that the pass is open, we have to be there by the end of October. Untill then, schedule is open to change. Which forced by Frits (the van has a name now!) was not our own for the moment. Martina once again, thanks for the skirts, that was a lovely gift! We shall wear it often!
Mira and I both realized that some real chill-out time is needed to get connected, together, with the van and the trip. Camping at the waterfront would be the ideal place. So we headed for Balaton lake in Hungaria. Not really taking any time for more sightseeing in Czech, but we want to stop at Bratislava, the Slovak capital. This is a nice place with an historic center, showing of old buildings and a castle on a hill. Throughout the center statues have been posted, and, like any other tourist, we try to spot all! Some hard work to find the 'working man', but of course we found him in the end! For lunch I decide to have a garlic soup……well good choice for me, but not for Mira as she has to suffer for another day with the gigantic smell I produce after. She likes garlic, but this is even too much for her. I am banned from eating more of these garlic soups ;-)))
In Slovakia it is compulsory to have your headlights on during the day, I understood that, but as we drove out of Bratislava to the Hungarian border, I forgot about it and Mira did not turn them on automatically, so at the border we are stopped: police control….60 euro fine for no lights! What!!! Mira being more bold then me, asking the why-question and a receipt (they only have receipts for 20), manages to have the fine reduced to 20 euro!!! Well done Mira!
By nightfall we are where we want to be for now. On a small(er) campground at the lake. Staying here as long as we need to in a way. Reorganizing the van is top priority. It has been camping out in our own house until now, with things not in place. Does not work well and keeps things a mess in my (our) heads as well. Also little chores need doing on the van. In between, swimming, chilling and getting into the moment. Each of us for our own reasons.
One big thing that annoys us both is the fact that the fridge is not working! On electricity it does nothing (well the light is swithed on, but that’s it). On gas it gets a bit cold, but nothing good enough to save the cheese inside! Maybe this teaches us something about last minute purchases, but all was well when I went to collect it. Vraagje aan de ex-eigenaar als je dit leest: Wil je ajb een berichtje achterlaten op mijn weblog? Misschien dat we iets over het hoofd zien?
The last 2 days we have been very active with van, turning the kitchen area into a real camper kitchen, with hooks and tools in place and most importantly easy to reach! Mira pained the outside of the van, so now Frits is white/green, a sunflower will follow later ;-)
Unfortunately one of the extension tubes for the tire has come loose, broke off and gave us a flat tire, luckily filling the tyre again did the job! Sun protection screens are made, seat covers in place, cupboards now stay closed… stuff sorted out, we are ready to continue the journey!
And……we slept on the roof the last 2 nights!!!, under the stars on the mattress ;-))
Overlooking the campsite in the morning, what a great feeling! I am soooooo happy with the roof terrace! Thanks again Ron and Danny for helping me realize it!
We did not really take the time to connect with other people at the campsite, but we has nice Hungarian neighbors, as always I clicked with their son from the start. Again this kids-connections fills my heart, a sign my future will involve (doing something for) kids. Due to them I have learned my first Hungarian words; Nem ėrtem (I don’t understand) and ėrtem (I understand), Küsunum (Thank you).
As I am typing this story now, I really feel I want to do things for me, without the pressure of still finishing the van, organizing things in the van. I am here, and it is a great feeling! Hello world! India here we come!
p.s. by now, we have visited Budapest and are in Eger, see our route....but no time to upload this story until now.