Trip Start May 01, 2010
33Trip End Jul 10, 2010
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Well I have been quite impressed with Budapest. It is quite a beautiful city especially at night with all the buildings along the Danube lit up and after our tour yesterday we now know that the buildings actually are! The people all seem to speak English which makes everything easier as well and people here seem quite relaxed and polite. The Hungarians love their cakes and there are cake shops everywhere as well as lots of Hungarian wine in particular Tokay and several types of schnapps.
We had both been looking forward to today as it was bath time! Baths are very popular in Hungary and were introduced by the Romans and later the Turks. We visited the biggest bath house which is well over 100 years old and fed by natural hot springs.
We caught the metro which is the oldest in continental Europe and is almost like travelling back in time. The carriages seem so old and the sounds they make when arriving at stations and doors closing seem so old fashioned. The trip was very easy though and quite quick.
After so much heavy and creamy food over the last few weeks we decided to go to the gym at the bath which was fairly basic but did the job. We had a bit of a workout, the whole time with a large Hungarian weight lifter type monitoring us from his desk. Changing in to our bathers we started to explore the complex (unlike Japan, you wear clothes here!).
The building itself although old is quite a nice building and there are something like 15 baths to choose from and at least half as many saunas. We swam in one of the large outdoor pools and were scarred for life by seeing so many fat and hairy Hungarian men in speedos. By far the best baths were the very hot ones and the 40 degree one felt just right! They had saunas of all different temperatures my favourite being the hottest 80-100 degrees. Outside this sauna was a 16 degree plunge pool which I would submerge myself in after the sauna. It was a great way to get the blood pumping and the skin tingling! They also had a large ice machine outside the sauna so people (including myself) could bake away at 100 degrees and then rush out and cover yourself in ice. The expression on some people’s faces when the ice hit their skin was priceless! I couldn’t convince Ly to douse herself in ice though.
There was a cafe for food and drinks and I sampled some Unicum which is a local herbal liqueur which I thought tasted absolutely foul
Tomorrow we are off to Berlin for around a week in Germany. Budapest has been a great stop over and a pleasant change from Russia.
Miss you all.
Daniel + Ly