Friday was lots of walking looking for an ATM
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Today we finally realized that we cause most of our own problems with little help from anybody else. But before I write about that, let me tell you about
In the apartment we could see a wi-fi transmitter but didn’t have the network key and we couldn’t figure out our satellite TV. It had 3 different controllers and extensive documentation in Hungarian. Nothing we tried worked so we called Tibor for help and he sent over
Reassured by contact with the world (CNN for my husband and wi-fi to TravBuddy for me) we started out for the day. We had gotten cash at the station ATM yesterday but had paid most of that for the apartment. (That is the one downside to renting apartments, you have to pay in cash on arrival.) Now we needed more cash to get city tour tickets. The first ATM we tried took our credit card, accepted the transaction, and gave us the card back with no money. Whoops, that can’t be good!!! We tried again and had the same result. We went into the bank for help and they said they were a Hungarian Bank and didn’t have ties to our bank. And they didn’t know who did.
We began a little bank odessy at this point, hunting down ATMs and trying to withdraw cash.
When we finally contacted the card company again later that night, they said “Oh, there’s always a hold put on foreign ATM transactions if you have 2 unsuccessful attempts in one day”. Who knew? They’d said there was no Hold and we’d used the card for shopping so we’d been clueless. We’d caused the problem ourselves with a lot of help from MasterCard.
We had spent the day sightseeing around the Embankment and Parliament.
The major highlight of the day was finding Karpathia restaurant for dinner. Ewo years ago we’d had a great Hungarian meal at this restaurant operating in Budapest since 1877. The décor is almost as good as the food and the music. We ate in the garden (I had mushroom soup and chicken paprika) while a musical group was playing 3 violins, a bass and something that looked like a piano hit with soft hammers. The lead violinist in particular was outstanding. I bought a CD so now I have classical music from