I don't want to spend Christmas Eve in the airport
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December 23rd, 2009 – by: breezejen
Because we had to wait an hour before leaving Los Angeles, we would only have 1 hour instead of 2 hours to get to our next flight, so making the next flight was not a sure thing. We needed everything to go right in order to get on the plane to Budapest. But of course when you need everything to go right, nothing goes right and all the powers of the dark side keep you form getting to where you need to go.
Amsterdamâ€™s airport is huge. We have to go from the E terminal to the C terminal. Why is it when you are in a rush, everyone seems to purposely get in your way boxing you out so you canâ€™t get through nor around them? We get to the passport area. We have 40 minutes before our next flight leaves. Although the line for the passport check is huge, I still have a bit of hope on catching the next flight. We stand in line for 5 minutes and the line doesnâ€™t move an inch. Checking the front we notice that thereâ€™s only one person checking paper work and heâ€™s busy chatting, arguing, wasting time with one person.
When we land at 4:30, Budapest is wet and cold. I want to reach the Christmas Fair at Varosmoty Square before it closes at 10 oâ€™clock. That gives us plenty of time to get home, unload the car, eat and put on some warmer clothes.
Iâ€™m glad we made our flight because the Christmas Fair in Budapest was phenomenal. The square filled with tiny wooden kiosk selling a variety of arts and crafts and traditional Hungarian foods. All the goods are all hand made by Hungarian people. No mass produced swap meat items here.
The food is prepared at the square and is traditional Hungarian Christmas food. There are stalls selling stuffed cabbage, sausages, dried meats, and different types of sweets including some deep fried dough thing that looked delicious. We didnâ€™t eat or buy anything, but I did have a mug of mulled wine, which helped me warm up. For a few extra forints you can keep the mug, which is decorated with the yearâ€™s Christmas Fair logo. Each year is different and this year is the 10 annual Festival. This is a nice and useful souvenir to take home.
Just walking around you can definitely feel the Christmas vibe. The whole area is decorated with lights, there is Christmas music playing by live performers and the best part, there is a huge decorated Christmas tree at the beginning of the square.
We walked around for a bit and even made our way to visit St. Stephenâ€™s Basilica. The church is amazing at night with the lights illuminating it in the dark. Hopefully weâ€™ll get to catch mass there tomorrow.
Exhausted and a little cold, we decided to head back home and get some sleep. It was a full day today and tomorrow is Christmas Eve and we have a whole, full day planned.
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