Never left Hungry in Hungary
Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
26Trip End Apr 30, 2012
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After a short 3 hour train ride, we arrive into a brisk Budapest, a city that is known for its communal hot baths and thick goulash. A quick stroll got us to our next hotel, and due to the lack of double rooms available, the manager was forced to give us the family suite (such a let down, who wants upgrades anymore)
We enjoyed an extremely pleasant dinner that included caprese salad, stuffed chicken with sun-dried tomatoes, feta and spinach, and pork medallions.. After excellent conversation (still bringing up interesting topics after being with each other for 744 hours straight, we toast to completing half of our trip without losing hair and gaining emotional scars… And of course such a celebratory gesture would not be complete without me clumsily knocking over my wine glass to a shattering death that left the entire restaurant forming thought clouds reading "Stupid Americans….never can leave a place without a loud exit".
Two important things to know about Budapest are this: (1) it is one the cheapest places in all of Europe due to their struggling economy (2) they are extremely hospitable.. Combining these two personality traits in mind, Bridget and I decide to take advantage of the situation and go on a FREE (still feels weird to say this word since the last time I used it was back in 6th grade when I received my last "free" honey roasted peanuts on a southwest flight) tour from a very lively Hungarian who wore capris with woolen leggings (only in Europe). He took us around for 2 and a half hours, giving us a brief history lesson and highlighting urban legends that are both true and false. He did a brilliant job at explaining how Budapest came to be (not sure if you know, that there was a town called Buda and then to the east of it a separate town called Pest, so when they created a bridge joining the two, they decided to get real creative and put the two words together--genius to say the least), and also described how everyone on the tour's home country is somehow connected to Hungary--Cleveland is the second largest city where Hungarians live (who would have known? Well now you do I guess)
We then parted ways, exchanging facebooks and pictures, heading home to a tango session with the parents where Bridget somehow intercepted someone else's conversation since the only image that appeared on our screen was of a man sitting in a car, focusing the camera on his lower body so the face was unidentifiable (not like we would have known anyhow)… We knew these shenanigans were not the work of the Garrehy clan, so we finally got great connection and chatted over the greatest invention ever created..facetime.