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The flight to
The airport in
Getting a Taxi at the Ferihegy International Airport is easy and straightforward. The system they have set up there runs very well, you get a voucher for where you're going from the taxi company's booth right outside the terminal. The prices are set in advance so there are no unpleasant surprises and you don't feel like you're being cheated. Once you have your voucher, you are directed to a cab and are on your way. It was great to get to the hotel and find that the amount I said I would be charged was exactly what I was charged! In this case it was 4100 Florins.
Check in at the Kempinsky Corvinus Hotel was quick. The hotel is very close to Vaci Ut in Pest - very close to just about everything you might want to visit - either walking distance or quick tram or subway rides. The hotel's architecture is modern yet the decor is classical. This blend of classical furniture and plush carpeting with glass and steel is interesting.
The stroll was interesting. There were surprisingly few people out on the street. Ok, it was freezing, but that doesn't stop people in Warsaw! I hadn't one more than two blocks when I was approached by two very good-looking women, probably in their early 20s. They asked me directions to a bar and I answered - "I'm as lost as you are!" They asked me to come with them and we could find a place to have a drink together... I thought, wow, I must be looking good today!! Must be the dim Budapest street lights! I noticed that a couple of guys were also following along with them.
It was late and I was hungry so I stayed at Mc.Ds for dinner - ok, this is embarrassing but it was cold and I was hungry. I promise not to do it again tomorrow! I'm looking forward to trying some Hungarian food. I eventually walked over to the chain bridge which crosses the Danube to the Buda side of the city. It's a spectacular bridge, really beautifully lit up at night.
On the way back towards the hotel I walked along a covered sidewalk. A homeless person sleeping in a dark doorway made me jump as he reached out of the dark towards me as I walked by. I didn't see that coming.