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This was a day we were not especially looking forward to, but after all the kids managed perfectly.
We went into Romania on the nighttrain, which was the reason I wanted a daytrain back to Hungary again. This would take us about 11 hours, scheduled arrival 19.17 at Budapest Keleti pu. (Don't forget the different time zones Romania and Hungary are in).
The trip itself was quite relaxed, we had a nice train, our car was airconditioned, and we were prepared for it. We had a deck of cards, some board games in travel size, enough paper and pens, a couple of sudoku puzzles, and last but not least: our survival kit was still alive :)
To stretch our legs we made a couple of "trips" to the restaurant car, for some softdrinks and snacks. At lunchtime we ordered a mixed grill and fries, which was brought to our seat by a waiter.
Being only in the town of Brasov, we haven't seen much of the Romanian country side sofar.
But now we traveled on the train right across the Transilvanian plateau, and the countryside is just lovely, long slopes of the hills, and many smaller fields with agriculture.
July is time for to harvest the hay and at the fields or meadows we saw lots of farmers working hard to get the hay in. No tractors used, most of the farmers cannot afford it, instead they still use horse and wagon, and the hayraking is done by hand, and so are the hayricks built, by hand.
We also saw farmers or herdsmen handling a herd of sheep or goats. Those people have to work hard.
The villages and towns are nice as well, not with splendour, but with simplicity, although the town of Deva is overlooked by the a castle which is long past its heyday, decayed by the ages into a ruïn.
Somewhere between Deva and Arad we noticed a dutch voice offering our kids some candy. Ehh... we were raised never to accept candy from strangers, so we wanted to politely refuse the offer. But the lady happily started to talk to us, and it turned out she was just another dutch tourist :)
She and her husband took their bikes on the train, because of the weather they had (we had a sunny 38 Celsius at Brasov, they had rain at the Transsilvanian countryside).
This was one of the encounters we had on this particular trainride, another one was that a young woman with a little baby came walking at the aisle in our car holding up her hand for money, darn.... another one of those beggars. I am sorry, but having a little baby with her is IMHO quite pathetic, and not worth any money at all.
When entering Hungary, the fourth time our identification had to be checked the kids finally noticed the border guards carried guns.
By this time we had we had built up a delay of some 45 minutes, so I checked out itinerary from time to time to see if we caught it up a bit.
At Szolnok station (the last one before Budapest Keleti pu.) we still were about 40-50 minutes behind, so I called the man we rented the apartment from, he arranged someone to pick us up from the station, just to let him know about the delay. At Budapest station they never announced it, and when they called the station they denied there was any delay. Yet our train arrived at 20.00 hours instead of the scheduled 19.17. Well, what is 40 minutes on 11 1/2 hour :)
Still we had to move on a little further, despite the delay, we were indeed picked up, byt the landlord's wife; she was waiting for us at the locomotive, and we were at the last car of that long, long train.
A taxi was already arranged for us. The driver offered to take my suitcase, and did not want to hear any objections. Well, both my sister and me classified him as an "LD", so we let him. And even the price for the taxiride, although a bit much (they've expected 6 people instead of us 4, so they came with a little van), we gladly payed, and gave him a nice tip as well, because of his "LD" status. I regret we did not take a picture of him... :(