Trip Start Aug 27, 2005
Trip End Sep 11, 2005

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Tuesday, September 6, 2005

A day and a half in Budapest, and was sad to leave it as i have easily have the best night in this magnificent city.

I'm actually in Dubrovnik (Croatia) at the mo. I have been up and down emotionally today. I'll tell the story backwards, basically starting with the shit part of the last three days.

I found out on Saturday night before going out that the only train to Zagreb was a daily 3.15pm. This meant i would have to lose a planned half day in buda and spend it on a frigging train. The only highlight was finding out the train went all the way to Split (town on Croatian cost). Total journey was 15 and a half hours. Bad sleep plus annoying irish girls who i couldn't wait to ditch once we got to croatia equalled bad journey. Only positive is that i got my first stamp in my passport!

So i get to Split and get the 8am bus to Dubrovnik as no trains run further than Split. The bus took over 4 hours to get to final destination where passengers were met by locals bombarding you with available bedrooms to rent. From what i have worked out, most accomodation is apartments or private renting. Only one hostel, which is completely booked up. So having met a group of fitties (and i mean fit) who were off to the old town to find rooms, i thought i will follow suit. But as i went to tell the annoying irish girls what i was doing, the bus turned up and fitties got on it. And here was me gonna try and blag getting an apartment together (could of worked). Thought i would try and wait for the next bus, 20 mins later nothing. So i gave up and went to a local and decided to rent a room from them for the night. He told me his place was 15 mins walk from Old Town (where its all at, apart from the beaches), and the room was 150 currency a night (15 quid).I went along, got there and it weren't bad. I then went to walk to old town to look for other accomo, but a 15 min walk turned into a 40 min walk. PLease have some sympathy for me, long journey, annoying irish girls, losing hot girls (just like joey in friends, "Hot girls") and discovering that i would have to walk to hell and back just to get to the old town. So as i got there i went looking for something tonight, and got it too! 18 quid a night, bargain. Only downfall, its at the top of a hill, and the steeps are a joke to walk up. I'll record on the camera and post it for all to see. So off i trekked it back to my former base camp to give the bad news to my host. I lied of course. He looked really upset, but i just walked off not giving him a chance to say anything.

So now i am sharing a house with a young couple and their baby. I feel kinda guilty at the prospect of getting drunk and stumbling about when i get back in, but considering that kid will probably wake me up all hours of the night anyway, i don't care (but i will try hard to be quiet).

Just had dinner, and have met a canadian who i am going to meet for drinks with her and her male friend. I wrote male cos i didn't want any of you getting any ideas, besides, she's in her forties, i'm not D'souza.

The only shitty thing sbout being in the old town is that the decent beaches are right on the other side of dubrovnik.

But lets get to the good shit (well the guys will relate...true dat). So i get to Budapest saturday morning almost having ended up in bucharest (i think romania). Basically, one half of a train goes to one city, the other to another city. They split up at a certain stop. I was led to the wrong half by the idiot conductor. Bad night sleep again, twice border control, me almost having a go at a slovak policeman until i fully woke up and realised that i didn't want to be kicked off the train and sent to a cell full of sexually frustrated lonely men, and then being moved to another cabin as i was apparently in a 1st class cabin (the other conductors didn't say anything). So luckily the cabin i moved in had a eastern european couple, where later the guy will tell me we were on the wrong train (they were going to budapest as well). YEah the girlfriend was pretty and more. First saw her when she was asleep, she looked great even then. Basically the way i see it, if a lady looks great asleep (not may people do including myself) then she'll look even better awake, and she was! Bu she was with the overweight guy, who i can't really bitch about as he did save my arse.

So i get to budapest, accosted by another hostel, which turned out to be the greatest hostel known to man...mixed 8 bed dorm, 3 guys, 5 girls, you do the math.

But i'll quickly talk about budapest...it were cool. (i'm back there on saturday to catch my flight on sunday so i'll talk about it then). Saturday night, pizza express for dinner, cheaper there obviously. Had a chicken salad. Didn't appreciate waitress telling me twice that service wasn't included when i tried to pay (don't think subtlety is there thing). So went with a guy in my dorm (nice guy) and four girls. Found out early on in the night, that 3 out of the 4 had boyfriends,when a couple of american guys who had tagged along found out they buggered off. Later in the night, another of the girls actually turned to me and said that three of them had boyfriends, i told her i knew. She then asked why i was out with them instead of trying to pull, i said that i wasn't interested in going out to pull but enjoy the company. She bought it, and was even more flirty and touchy feely! I didn't pull, but i didn't try. Didn't want to humiliate myself. One thing i have missed from this holiday is a consistent wingman, i need an Ice Man to my Maverick.

So all was good until today, but things are looking up.

Will let you know how its all going in the mext few days before i go back to Budapest.

Bye bye.

p.s. Phil u are wrong
p.p.s. Question for a pressie is still open until friday morning
p.p.p.s. i forget now
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