Made it to Pest at least...
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After a seven hour bus ride through a lot of Slovakia, I made it to Hungary! By the way, Slovakia is beautiful. There didn't seem to be a straight forward road or highway to get through it, so we wound our way through little towns. One boasted a castle on the rocky face of a hill. I wanted to just stop along the way somewhere really. Then at the Hungarian border, the passport officer stamped but then took my passport off the bus. I got really nervous, but soon enough, the bus driver returned with mine and another's. Now, this is a passport I aspire to have someday. The other person's passport was a book! So thick with what had to be many visas and extra pages! Someday...
After arriving at about 10 at night, I had to try to figure out how to get cash and find the metro and get to the hostel on two different public transports.
It's a bit cramped here...nothing like Mamas which was heaven, but it will do until Sunday when I move to another hostel recommended by many and also in Buda. I haven't made it there yet.
So today I explored some of Pest as best I could in this extreme heat. I woke up to some gals saying it would hit 35, and I had the usual delayed reaction trying to calculate that, but basically over 90 F. Anyway, it was so hot I ended up seeking refuge in a museum off the City Park, which was also free, and then noticed another huge military to-do in Heroes Square next door. I then walked over to the castle nearby, which is pretty to be sure, and ended up just sitting by a pond, watching ducks. It's amazing how fast the day goes lounging about.
Well, that's almost the first 24 hours in Pest... There is a lot going on here. It's huge compared to Krakow. So big that people don't have to park on the sidewalk here like they do in Poland! There are Turkish baths to partake of and lots of sites of interest. I shall not leave without my suit on tomorrow that's for sure. Anyway, Buda & Pest should keep me occupied for the next few weeks for sure.