Queen of the Danube (thats a river!)

Trip Start Aug 28, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2005

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

We get tickets for the train to Budapest and as we get on the train it is so packed that there are no available seats and we end up jam-packed in the aisle of one of the train cars. I send Will off to look at the restaurant car and he comes back and says that its empty...no idea why no one would go in there, but we lifted up our packs and worked our way through the crowd to the nice, comfy restaurant car. After a few stops, most of the people are gone and we grab some seats with a few Aussie travelers. After a not too long train ride (about 3 hours) we arrive and head off with the Aussies (one had been there before and knew his way around) to the Best Hostel. We all decide to meet up later for a night out...a few more hostel guests show up and two Canadians who are studying in Krakow join us as well. We head down to the "bar" district, but not too much is going on so we play Aussie rules billiards...the unique rule being that if your opponent sinks all his balls before you sink any then you have to run arounf the pool table a few times with your pants around your ankles! Will ends up playing against the two Canadian girls and sure enough, the Aussie rules were envoked! The girls refused to do it there (one was keen to get it over with, but got overruled), but promised to comply back at the hostel. After the pool hall we stop by an Irish pub for a drink and then went to the M4 club near the Old Synagogue. We arrive and then proceed to shut the place down, staying until we were kicked out, dancing to crazy Hungarian club music, as well as what must've been some 'Hits from the 80s' CD and some really old American dance music like C & C Music Factory! Once the Latin music started, we really went crazy dancing Samba-style and mixing in Swing moves as well. At one point Will was getting crazy with the Swing dancing and picking girls up off the floor, when he thought that picking up two would be a good idea...he tried, but his back didnt agree and luckily I pushed a guy out of the way right before he got kicked in the head by a size 7 Canadian shoe!

Anyway, we were definitely watched and looked at because we were dancing a very American style which we learned is quite unique to North America...see, in Europe its all solo dancing or group dancing and you don't often see two people dancing together and especially not in that American grinding way. I can tell you this, it's almost impossible to dance with a European girl as she 'vogues' her way across the dance floor and most likely wouldn't even know how to dance with you. So it was nice having the Canadian girls there as we were able to dance normally and Will and I ended up taking turns teaching this cool Aussie gal, Sally, how to dance American style! Very fun night!

The next day we walked up Andrassy Street, a leaf-lined shopping walkway, to the Szechenyi baths, one of the citys famous thermal spas with nine indoor and outdoor pools. The pools are located in a large park near Heroes Square (which honors some military conquest from the 1800s...much more interesting at night) and were built around 1930...they are warm and fantastic and great for lazing about after a hard nigh tof dancing! Dan (one of the Aussies), Will, and I discover a wheeling whirlpool at the far end pool and spent the next 30 minutes terrorizing the place as we 'wrestled' liked little boys gone mad...fun, fun, fun!
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