Beautiful Hungarian Countryside
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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).
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.
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.
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.
...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...!