Trip Start Jan 17, 2009
Trip End Feb 28, 2009

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Friday, February 6, 2009

We arrived here in Budapest Hungary Wed. night, Josh had set-up for a driver to pick us up from the airport and take us to the Hotel as we arrived in Budapest around 11:00pm.  It was both of our first times having someone waiting for us with a sign that said "Markovich"...we felt important!!

The currency exchange is quite confusing here as the rate is about 200 Hungarian Forints to 1 USD, also the decimal and the commas are reversed from the way we are used to writing them, so its has been a struggle to calculate almost everything so far. 

Yesterday, we took the typical "hop on, hop off" tour bus around the city and got a lot more familiar with the layout and orientation.  There are many sites to see here and we are excited to dig into the vast history that Hungary is based upon. 

The Hotel Hilton Westend is AMAZING!!!! Finally a hotel that meets (and in some ways surpasses) the hotels that we are used to in the States!  We have a nice room with a king size bed, we have a wonderful  inclusive breakfast each morning, and the hotel building is connected to the countries largest shopping mall!!! It has been soo convenient thus far. 

Well we have much exploring to do here, and will keep you posted!!

Miss everyone very much!  Hope all is well back home!

Josh and Jamie
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