We Finally Meet

Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
Trip End Sep 19, 2011

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Bruxi's Home

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Monday, August 29, 2011

The flights from Los Angeles to Budapest were pretty uneventful.  No missed flights, no more hurricane induced cancellations (or cancellations for any other reasons).  My friend Bruxi was waiting for me at the airport and took me to his home where I was warmly welcomed with open arms.

Bruxi and I met online in a motorcycle forum and have corresponded by email for years.  It's amazing just how much about a person comes across in their emails and we discovered that we share much more than just our common interest in motorcycles.  We have many interests and personality characteristics in common and we became friends, not just acquaintances. 

A year or so ago Bruxi surprised me with an invitation to his home and, after I got over the surprise we began making plans.  Today it all came to fruition.  His family was all waiting at home when we got back from the airport and his wife, Erika, had prepared a delicious traditional Hungarian meal for me - goulash and stuffed cabbage.

While we were arranging details by email we discussed the issue of food and I let them know I'm not allergic or sensitive to anything so I need no special arrangements.  My only request was no traditionally American food.  I cannot fathom why anybody would want to travel to a country with a different culture (and food is part of culture) but choose to eat the same foods they can get at home.  I don't need to travel to Hungary to eat a hamburger and I do not understand choosing hamburgers over, for instance, a traditional Hungarian meal.

Bruxi translated as necessary.  His English is outstanding, which is good because my Hungarian is non-existent.  We visited until the American traveler had to crash.  Tomorrow Bruxi and I leave for a week-and-a-half tour north through Slovakia, the Czech Republic and a little of southern Poland.
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