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Ev drinking a wee little cup of coffee. How cute!!!

Techically I'm a liar as Ev and I are currently sitting in front of a computer in Budapest, but we were in Eger earlier today and neither of us had the time to write about the town.

Eger is in north/central Hungary, about 2 hours by train from Budapest.  It is known for its red wine (YUM!) and has about 50K people or so.  To be honest, I was quite nervous to go there as I figured there would be a severe language barrier and there's not much Hungarian Ev and I could learn on the afternoon train up there.  We had nothing to worry about.  The receptionist knew the least English of all the people at the hotel, but our main waiter actually spent some time in Ontario and spoke very good English (and French, German, Spanish, I think Portugese, Russian, and perhaps more).

This baroque church dominates the central square of Eger and was on prominent display from our hotel restaurant.
  We ate every meal at our hotel's resturant because the guy was so nice (and the secondary waitor looked like Orlando Bloom with a larger nose and Kirk Cameron hair.. hahah).

Our hotel was actually on a postcard we bought as an example of the Baroque archetecture found throughout the town.  Behind us was a small castle we never ended up visiting and we were smack dab in the middle of Dobo Ter, the main square.  There was a huge yellow double spired church there as well from the 1700s.  We spent the first day walking around and enjoying the fact that our hotel room had air conditioning.  In fact, it has to be said that it was the nicest accomodations so far, but we paid for it.  It was 72 Euros a night...  Just over a hundred dollars or so.  But yeah.

A picture of Eger city center. Our hotel is the little yellow building on the left.
.. totally nice.  It was weird though that if you left the hotel/resturant, they wanted you to turn the key in to the receptionist and then claim it back when you returned.  I have no idea what the purpose of it was...so we wouldn't lose the key?  Like we'd do that!! 

Which bring me to the next part of our Eger adventure...

...I lost my Mastercard.  Yeah.  Yay.  Go me.  And I can't even blame Ev.  Totally sucks.  We retraced all our steps and could not find it. So I called and cancelled it and now we're going to try to get them to send it to us in Zagreb.  Luckily we still have 2 debit cards and 2 Visas, so there's still backup.  I felt like a real douchebag and Ev laughed that I am now letting (insisting, even!) him carry the important documents so they won't get lost.

Mmmmm. Nipples taste good!!!
  Ev!  Carry things!  For security!  And people think his big skull shirt is beautiful!  And I was denied entry to a bar based on my appearance and he wasn't!  I don't like Europe.... :)

Anyways... that happened on the second day and after it was sorted out, we took off for the Valley of the Beautiful Women (or, Nice Lady Valley, as the direction signs translated).  It is a valley (duh) gorgeous and in the country just on the edge of Eger proper.  Up and down both sides and on the path to it are wine cellars that extend into the side of the hills.  Each cellar is from a different vinyard and sells different varieties of wine.  I think we went to about 10 or so of them...and then called our parents when we got back.  Whoops!  You didn't know I was smashed (and even after we split a bottle of wine for dinner!) mom?  Whoops!  :)  But yeah.

One of the many crazy dripstone formations in the Aggtelek Caves. Many of the pictures didn't turn out, but this gives you an idea.
. it was awesome and amazing and I bought a 2-liter bottle of honestly the best red wine I've ever tasted (called...Eger Voros Cuvee) and the grand total was.....2000 Forints!  10 bucks!  2 Liters!  I don't know when the lucky day will be when we finish it (or start it!) but we'll probably feel as good as we did the morning after...

...when we took a 3 hour bus up north to Aggtelek on the Hungarian/Slovenian border to go into the most extensive cave system in eastern Europe...and maybe even Europe as a whole.  It was kind of a bummer that we only took the 1-hour tour when there was a 2-hour tour departing from the next bus stop down.. But we took a walk afterward in what seemed like a cigarette-free town (ha Ev, ha!) and soaked it in.  The caves were amazing.  I'm sure there will be pictures with this entry soon...maybe even tomorrow after we get Tipsy with Lenin (on a tour). 

Oh.. and to top it off, we ate our face off in Eger too.  I thought I'd lose weight on thie trip.  I'm lucky if I'll fit into the plane door now.  The food is amazing...and cheap!  I think the most expensive bill we had with soups and dinner and drinks and cappucinos was about 7000 forints...total!  Awesome.  Wonderful,wonderful food.  Better than the Gyros at the train station...*shudder*

But, we took the crack of dawn (ok...8:30AM...) train back to Budapest today in order to go caving...

But it's past 10 right now and we still have to walk to our room.  So I'll save that for tomorrow when I say that I'm no longer and back into Budapest, which, yeah, I obviously am.  :)  Until then...!

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Ev drinking a wee little cup of c…
This baroque church dominates the …
This baroque church dominates the…
A picture of Eger city center.  Ou…
A picture of Eger city center. O…
Mmmmm.  Nipples taste good!!!
Mmmmm. Nipples taste good!!!
One of the many crazy dripstone fo…
One of the many crazy dripstone f…
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