The Blue Danube
Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
143Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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The River Danube
As we were already across the border of Hungary we headed down to the Danube early and searched for a camp site close to Budapest and on the famous river.
We turned towards Szob and what we thought was the ferry but actually turned out to be the 'walk-on' only passengers ferry jetty. So we poured ourselves a cuppa and met up with 4 very colourful Dutch ladies on holiday in Hungary for 2 weeks. They were full of their tales of travels and had been traveling together for 3 or 4 years as they were all now husbandless. One of the ladies was in China at the time of the Tiananmen Square uprising and was unable to leave the country for some weeks.
After we crossed The Blue Danube with the punt, we found a caravan park on the bend of the river which is a really pretty spot to see and drive along. We were the first Ozzies to stay at the CP and the owners were more than accommodating. We heard the word Australians come up in conversation with many of the owner's guests, we were apparently quite a novelty. Of course children being curious, two little girls of 8 Lilly and Oshi came up to see what all the fuss was about and entertained us several times with their full vocabulary of English: counting one to ten. By the time we left they could also say "hello, good-bye, goodnight and 2 minutes please".
Well, we should have camped a little closer to Budapest because the rickety bus trip into town was a bone crunching, sweltering, packed, 1 hour and 10 minutes, followed by 10 minutes on the underground. It was 36 degrees on the 2 days we went into Budapest and we really felt it. The bus driver kept telling us it was a Russian bus with Russian air conditioning. In fact everything crappy seemed to be Russian according to the Hungarians. It's funny, the trip to town is cheaper than the trip back!