Buda or Pest?? Decisions, decisions!!

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Sep 04, 2008

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Budapest is NOT ready for the Rach. I love the city itself and the people are really awesome, but I must be honest and say that it is not at all wheelchair friendly for someone traveling on their own. From the time I got off the train we felt that I may have been the first wheelchair user to visit here. The Keleti station did not have toilets and barely an exit for disabled persons. Our one saving grace was my friend János who helped us with navigating the city. The first night he drove us around and showed us all the sights by night. We went up to the citadel for a marvelous view of the city. I was so happy to see János because I had not seen him since college. His wife Marika and son Leenu joined us the next day and we strolled along the Vaci Utca, which is a shopping street. We had lunch along the river Danube and had an excellent view of the castle and the chain bridge. Later we talked them into going to see an American blockbuster you may have heard of called "Indiana Jones és a Kristálykoponya Királysága". They seemed to like it for the first time and we really enjoyed our 5th viewing of the movie. Hungarian is such a cool language, but I don't understand a word of it. Good thing we already knew what was going on in the film. The next day we were invited to the Virág house for a barbeque. They have a really nice home and the food was delicious thanks to János as the grill master and Marika making cheesecake! We got to meet János's parents and see their coin collection. Shannon was really excited in a nerdy sort of way. Leenu and his grandpa János went swimming and we got ready to head out for more sightseeing. We drove up to the castle hill area, which is the location of Buda Castle. We saw a building that is riddled with bullet holes from the revolution in 1956. The cobble was really difficult up there but we got to see another amazing view of the city. The Castle Hill area is kind of a well-to-do area and is designed to looked like a little village. We had fun visiting at a local watering hole and another day was done. We also went to Heroes Square, where there are statues of men from all 7 tribes of Hungary. It is a big touristic area where everyone takes pictures. So hey, why not join 'em! János went on a riverboat cruise down the Danube with us one evening. The river is not really blue in case you were wondering. We also went in the Museum of fine art which is right across the street from the Heroes Square. Lots of really good, old art. I wish I could describe our feelings about the art we are seeing, but its just impossible to describe how we feel about paintings we saw a few days ago. I mean......art is so relative right?!? So excuse me if it sounds like we don't appreciate it. We really like seeing everything on the trip, but after awhile our blog sounds kind of repetitive. We care about YOU the reader and do not want to bore you to death. Anyway we felt that we would be stuck in Hungary because the train to Prague was not accessible. It turns out that we had to go back to Vienna for one night and then head to Prague the next day. Bummer!!! Thank God János helped us communicate with the train people so that we could get on the right train and not be put in the cargo hold. Believe me, this actually almost happened. I was sad to see the train pull away from János....it will be awhile before we see him again!!! He helped our trip seem like a vacation. As for Budapest, I'll write them a letter, and MAYBE, just maybe, next time they will be ready for the Rach!!!
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ofhenderson on

Man, Shannon, you are a lucky guy. I love coins too. I may not have a vast selection, but coins do rock.
Brett is really dying to know about 'Frogs'
Hugs, Oletha, Brad, & Brett-ly

dukesfamily on

The Rach
How dare they not be ready for The Rach! God you are funny! So glad that you had friends there... how cool is that??!! Just love hearing about your adventures. Love, Paris, Jim and Nat

katy913 on

Have wheels will travel
Rach, still can't get my head around the fact you're seeing more sights than a bus full of Japanese tourists. And to think that in about 4 weeks, I'll be seeing you! OMG! Harry is beyond excited and told me just the other day that Auntie Rachel was meeting us at Disney. He has NO idea what Disney is but he knows there's a castle and he's going to see Buzz, Woody, Lightning McQueen et al. Going to book Eurostar tonight, what time you getting into Marne La Vallee? Let's try and chat soon...I'll be in Dubai 17th-20th so perhaps just before...when I get back from Germany on the 13th...see, I can travel too! LOVE YA!

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