Trip Start Sep 14, 2012
Trip End Oct 15, 2012

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Where I stayed
Star Inn
What I did
Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge and the Parliament Building

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Up at 0555, doing the balance of the diary and uploading the blog. Rachel apparently swears like a trooper when playing foosball [and drinking].

Down for brekkie, the 'pancakes' Emirates Airlines was raving about was a bunch of sugar and certainly nothing a North American would call a pancake. Having a laugh at Don zooming all over Budapest, clicking away like a madman. The fine art of fake goodbyes was also discussed.

We have had good luck with the rain so far, really just changing things around in Cesky Krumlov the one morning.

Just my luck to have 'Hey Hey Hey' Rose sit beside me. At least she acknowledged it would ruin my day. A stretch of narrow, patched road started the journey. There is some autumn reds in the tree leaves.

On highway 67, Emirates Airlines continued her babbling. Two Ton aka Rose was playing stupid video games on her phone.

There were long stretches uphill and downhill. I dumbly sat on the side with the sun on it for almost the entire trip [generally] south. There were ample logging trucks on the road.

We hauled a trailer for our bags but the driver did his best to speed along. The sun continued to hammer down, Don using his jacket to block same [or was it to protect Rachel?].

There were minimal highway signs on the local roads. Highway 531 turned into highway 50 at some juncture.

1018 stop for the driver. I got a hot chocolate that was pretty thick. Whipped cream was called something like 'standing cream' on the label. Polka music was playing as Peter explained some Budapest points of interest 1.5 E.

Off at 1110, a solar farm seen 8M later. At 1136, on highway 21, 115k to go, hitting E71 at 1228, just 54k to travel but on 4 lane roads, the sun still a pain.

The airport was off to the left, jet plumes sorting out its location. Gas is somewhat over $2 a litre here.

City limits at 1256, traffic not unexpectedly increasing. Passed through a nice garden with the local bath house on the R. Into the Star Inn by 1310 and off again by 1330.

Money was the first order of business. The exchange rate was 220 Hungarian florins for 1 Canuck buck. Wound up walking with Arjan and Nathalie, finding the Opera House rendezvous point for dinner. Grabbed a Hungarian pizza and a Paulaner beer for a quick lunch 1180 HF. Some discussion about the tip for Peter.

Headed over the Chain Bridge, walking up to the Margaret Bridge, enabling photos of the Parliament Buildings. It was a long walk, getting back c 1800. Some shower and internet time before heading down.

Arjan got some paper and an envelope to start the tip money for Peter 20 E. Several others gave double that but I could not see that for a tour guide, yet alone a tour leader.

Arrived early at the Opera House with Arjan and Nathalie, meeting Linda. We found a spot to have a beer called the Revay Sorbar. Couldn't get the Soproni label off the bottle; nil special 760 HF.

The final group dinner was a fair walk from the Opera House. Surrounded by people of interest to me on the trip. Had the Hungarian goulash as did everyone else 3,500 HF. A violinist played away 100 HF. The meal was good but not filling so tried the chestnut puree: unusual but good albeit not something I could eat everyday. Arjan and I turned the tables on Peter, giving him a quiz about incidents involving people during the trip. He was a good 16-8 in the politically correct version heard by everyone.

Don wanted to see the Parliament Building at night so I went with him and Jan for a fast walk over the Chain Bridge, largely retracing the afternoon walk. Not the easiest thing in dress shoes. We got back c 0025.

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