Trip Start Jan 28, 2008
Trip End May 29, 2008

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Monday, February 11, 2008

So on the train ride home from Prague, we noticed the train we were on finished in Budapest. I looked at Matt and smiled, and off we were...

I had heard Budapest was untouched by western civilization. This quickly came into question when the first thing I saw off the train was a McDonald's... Let me clarify what I think the person who told me that meant...

Budapest is old school. The trams are old school. The buildings have little remodeling. Sanitation hasn't been discovered. Basically, they took the worst things they could from western civilization (Burger King, McDonald's, Pizza Hut) but missed out on a lot of things that we tend to think make life "easier" or "better". DON'T GET ME WRONG, Budapest is very cool. But, it literally takes you back in time when you go there.

We definitely liked the attitude there a lot more than Prague. Much less touristy and a very peaceful large city. The river and bridges strongly resemble Prague to me. We went to Budapest for one reason: we were tired and wanted to do the whole Turkish bath thing. We visited two, but in my opinion only one could truly be called such, and it was quite an experience...

We go to this aforementioned bath and quickly learn it is men's only. No problem. We pay our entry fee and get into the lockers and find that the attire is a white skimpy loin cloth. Some men chose to skip the loin cloth. Well we traveled four hours for this so here we go...
Aside from all the naked dudes, it was a cool experience. The bath was over 600 years old, and they had pretty much preserved it. The conversations of all the men echoed through the chambers, and it was cool knowing we were conversing the same way men had for centuries. Crazy to think how many leaders could have filled those echoes and such.

The second bath was a tourist spot. That's it. It wasn't Turkish made, but it was a nice replica. It's the largest in Europe, and both men and women are welcome. I don't recall the name, but just look for the big yellow one. Trust me, you'll find it. I don't have much to say about it because it was pretty much an outdoor pool and the pics say it all. But if you are with a family, you'll love it. There is a lazy river for the kids (it's actually really cool), and multi temperature baths, like all of them.

I got pretty sick in Budapest, so nothing too crazy happened. Oh I did talk to a dealer at a casino for about an hour. His name is Thamash and I am supposed to look for him on any cruise I go on in the future (he is trying to get a job on one). Very cool guy.
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