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Keleti train station.

The train arrived at Keleti train station fairly early, 7:30 or 8 am.   One of my hostel-mates from Brasov suggested a hostel that he liked in Budapest.  It wasn't super convenient to find the first time, but once I found it it wasn't too bad.  I was able to check in with no problem, and then set about Budapest.  

I walked a lot, took in most of the sights that way.  It was Sunday and there was a sort of street fair or something going on, so one of the bridges across the Danube was closed to vehicles & pedestrians could walk across it, also there were tables right there in what was usually lanes of traffic.  I got some food from one of the vendors (for that street fair, or whatever) and tried to get some non-carbonated water because it was fairly hot & I had been walking all day.

Salix babylonica?
  Everywhere I looked, I had the choice of carbonated water or flavored non-carbonated water, neither of which helped to quench my thirst, so I finally settled on some juice.

The street signs were quite elaborately detailed.  I include a few pictures to show what I mean.  I was getting tired & hot (I didn't sleep much, if at all, on the train the night before) so I decided to do a tour of the city on a bus - I ended up falling asleep in the air conditioning until it stopped for 10-15 minutes atop a hill overlooking the Danube and the city.  The short nap proved to be good as I was refreshed & ready for the rest of the day & evening.

After the little tour, it began to drizzle a bit.  There was some promotional thing going on, which I couldn't understand, but they were offering free internet inside an air conditioned tent, so I did that so as not to get soaked.

Pizza with corn on it is actually quite tasty.
  They sold drinks there, but once again, no still water, so I settled for some more juice, then got some options for train tickets to either Ljubljana or Vienna & of course caught myself up on email.   I also found information about a boat that went from Budapest to Bratislava to Vienna the next morning.  Not too long passed before the rain subsided, though it did come down really hard for a bit - the sound amplified by the tent's roof, it was a good experience.

As it happened, Sunday June 9, 2007 was the final match of the World Cup.  Italy V. France.  So I looked for some place where I could sit and watch the whole match.  I found a restaurant that had a big screen TV set up outside, and got a table that faced it, about a half hour before it started.

  That was pretty enjoyable, there was an Italian man sitting near me and a group of Italian girls a few table away (though ... I think they were probably Italian-American ... but ...) (oh, Italy won, btw).

At a table next to me was Viennese couple.  After the match, he decided to engage me in a conversation in German.  I'd studied German for four years in High School, but was still impressed that I was able to understand him and communicate myself as well as we did (well, he seemed to understand me anyway).  Anyway, hearing him talk about Vienna made my mind up for me, and I decided a boat up the Danube to Vienna would be my next step of the trip.  It also made me realize that Germany would be the stop after that, as if Germany was my only ancestral homeland that I didn't visit on this trip, I'd probably feel bad about that in the future.

chemnitztaler says:
lol, perfect! you seem to have the skill for powernapping!
Posted on: Nov 01, 2007
festerwretch says:
I tried to stay awake on the bus, honestly! But it turned out to be a really good nap. :D
Posted on: Nov 01, 2007
chemnitztaler says:
haha, after I read all that, no wonder you were tired in Budapest :-D
Posted on: Nov 01, 2007
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Keleti train station.
Keleti train station.
Salix babylonica?
Salix babylonica?
Pizza with corn on it is actually …
Pizza with corn on it is actually…
Parliament on the Danube
Parliament on the Danube
closed off to become a walking bri…
closed off to become a walking br…
detailed sign
detailed sign
Any Hungarians care to translate?
Any Hungarians care to translate?
(from the bus)
(from the bus)
Parliament
Parliament
If Im not mistaken, Buda is to th…
If I'm not mistaken, Buda is to t…
My dessert .. ???
My dessert .. ???
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