No Such Thing as Too Much Paprikash

Trip Start May 12, 2006
Trip End Jun 04, 2006

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

We're in Budapest now, and I am very annoyed because I am out of camera batteries. The new Europe-compatible charger and battery I bought before I left turned out to be the wrong bloody ones!  I am so mad that a) the dork at London Drugs sold me the wrong stuff and b) I didn't test it out for fit before leaving.   Aaarrrrghhhh!  I have tried multiple camera stores here, riding the metro all over the city and making awkward attempts to communicate my issues, but nobody has the right battery or charger.  It might be that my new-ish camera model  and related accessories are not sold over here. Of course, Byron still has his camera, and he is being very gracious about sharing it, but it's just not the same for a photoholic like me!

Anyway, Budapest is another impressive city with lots of history and character. Good food too - all my favorites like goulash, cabbage rolls, chicken paprikash, stuffed peppers (even stuffed kohlrabi!), apple strudel, poppyseed cake, and crepes filled with all kinds of yummy things.  The metro is ancient - one of the lines was built in the 1800's and still has teeny old stations and extremely old cars with polished wooden seats.    

Tomorrow we are going to try out the thermal baths - a huge complex of pools of different temperatures in a beautiful historic building. We might splurge for massages too. Then in the afternoon we're heading for the "Danube Bend", a group of small towns just north of Budapest with castles, fortresses, etc. 

Yesterday was our first off day health-wise. Byron got some sort of food poisoning, we think (likely that street-side donair in Vienna), so has been monitoring his distance from the facilities at all times.  For me, allergy season suddenly commenced with full force.  All the yucky symptoms - itchy nose, eyes, sneezing, etc.  Forgot to bring allergy pills, so had to buy some here.  Fortunately, the Hungarian word for Claritin is "Claritin". 
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