Trip Start Sep 11, 2005
51Trip End Dec 13, 2005
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We ended up not staying in Budapest very long. Charlie was pretty sick and we were aching to get away from the big city life. I would not blame the city in itself. There is a lot to do here and many sights to see. Our favorite was the night cruise we took seeing the Danube and the amazing views of the shoreline. The castle, parliament, beautiful churches, concert halls and beautiful bridges line the shore. It is a spectacular sight.
We mastered the metro and used it to dash from place to place. We have even gotten better at the hostel thing. It just depends on the hostel as to the type of experience you will have there. We have found some that are very nice and welcoming. Others are dirty, loud, and annoying, you just have to be a bit choosy I guess and get recommendations
We are now in Slovenia. The countryside is quite lovely. As we took the train ride in I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the many colors of the trees and the beautiful landscapes. We made a big mistake and got off the train at the wrong stop. We were headed to Ljubljana and the stop said Ljubljana. We were still about thirty minutes away. It would have definitely been a major set back if we were on Amazing Race.
We were in a very small town with very little in it. We found many nice folks who helped up on our way. One older man was so excited to meet some Americans. He followed us to our bus stop just to chat. It was nice to feel welcome in this very new place.
A few hours later we found the hostel we had hoped to stay. It was very nice, but of course had no rooms. We found a grouchy hotel down the road for the same price. We booked a room for the next night at the hostel because we were desperate to do some laundry and it appeared to be a very nice place.
We have ventured through Ljubljana.
The rest of the city is pretty typical. There is a castle which stands on the hill, and many churches which stand tall throughout the city. A river runs through the middle with a shopping street nearby. The place is somewhat similar to Salzburg, but on a smaller scale. It is a nice place.
We managed to get a load of laundry done after four hours of frustration with the dryer that would not dry. In the mean time we talked to an older couple from Israel who had stopped in to do some laundry as well. I liked getting their perspective on things and sharing my own biased thoughts. I got a little fired up when it was mentioned that Americans think they are the only country and English the only language. I tried to look at things from their perspective and told them that all Americans do not think that way. In every country you will find people who do not have a broad a perspective and are not world travelers. I am sure this is the case in Israel, Germany, and even America. I got on my soap box a bit and said it is dangerous to group all people in a country into one group. Everyone is so different and each person has their own ideas. It was great to talk to them though. We ended on happy terms with dry, wonderfully clean clothes. I have never been so excited for clean clothes in all my life.
Today we head to Bled, Slovenia. It is supposed to be a beautiful place. We'll let you know our thoughts soon.