Trip Start May 31, 2007
107Trip End May 20, 2008
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My initial impression of the people in Budapest is very good. Very friendly and willing to help me get to my hostel, the Mandragera....a cool smallish asian decorated place near downtown. I felt like I was stepping into Kabuki Springs minus the baths...very relaxing. There was an older man in bad shape on the tram who must have been drunk who fell off his chair just as I got on. I watched as a young man picked him up, a young woman gave up her chair so he could put the man in it and then they both hovered around him to make sure he was ok. It was really touching...makes me think of the many homeless in San Fran who are passed out on the sidewalks and all we do is walk past.... perhaps it is our frequent encounters with fraudsters and those trying to take advantage, but I feel like a bit of our humanity has been chipped away.
Tomorrow I move to another hotel nearby to start my Eastern European Tour which ends in Istanbul...again!