Beers and baths in Budapest

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, August 30, 1998

We decided on a scenic route to Hungary via Slovenia. We hit the border and we received a stamp !!!!! Then set off, and headed over some mountains towards the direction of Croatia. As we neared the border, we were getting excited. We pulled up, and were confronted with armed border guards. This was more like it. They were yelling at us in Croatian whilst pointing their guns at us. Then finally, another man with a pistol, pointed it at me and said "Mister this crossing for Croat's and Germans. Turn around ". So I sneaked onto their side and came back. We went about 30 kilometres up the road and came to our crossing. They let us straight in. John and Janelle, on the other hand, did not have a green card so they would not let them in. We planned to drive through Croatia, back into Slovenia and meet near the border crossing for Hungary. Simple plan really. We drove, and waited for John and Janelle, and finally they arrived. We went and lined up and waited. We handed over our passports, and watched the guards make everyone with Slovenian number plates turn around. After waiting over two hours, they let us in. By this stage, we decided we should drive a couple of hours to find a place to stay. Melanie was adamant that we could not freecamp in the Eastern block and that we would be given a card that needed to be stamped. By this stage, both John and Janelle were calling her the wah wah girl because she never stopped whining. As we never received a card, we drove through the night, the roads became foggy and deer were coming out on the side of the road. Finally, in two years of constantly seeing deer warning signs, we had seen them alive !!!!! We found a spot beside a lake and bedded down for the evening. In the morning, we started up and made our way into Budapest. The first thing that stood out was that a car had gone through the side of a Trabant. Now these cars are made of cardboard, Lucy didn't believe me, so we pulled over and I showed her by tapping it. Since then, every Trabant we see now gets tapped !!!!! We needed money, I found a card machine and pulled some out, and then in a moment of madness, Janelle thought someone was watching her, so she pulled out the equivalent of AUS$1000. Unbelievable. Budapest was good. Saw the majority of the sights. The Fisherman's Bastion for the views, the church next door to this, the palace, the sculpture park, the lion on the bridge with no tongue, the undercover ticket inspector on the tram and the baths, which would rate as good as the ones in Istanbul, but they are different. Here there are many different bathing pools with different water temperatures. Very therapeutic. Only John and I went and we did this, as it was a men only joint. Once back at the campground, we went to the local supermarket to do shopping, but as it was once again the two of us, we only came back with a shopping trolley full of beer with a little food in it. We did however buy some local spirits. Not very nice but you could cook with it. Whist we were away, the girls discovered that John had a bottle of peach schnapps and a bottle of peach vodka. So they were blindfolding each other and doing a taste test. Needless to say, they were blind. The next morning, we decided to leave. When we went to settle our bill, somehow, they thought we were two people, a camper and a tent. So for three days, they charged us about 1.20 per person. We managed to get both vehicles and three people out with out getting caught
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