We are in Hungary :=)

Trip Start Jan 01, 2006
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Trip End Jun 30, 2006


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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hello Everyone!

We arrived safely last night shortly after 8 pm! It was raining quiet hard and since the sun had already set - we could not see much.

Our drive to the Moscow airport was unbelievably long. We left the hotel at 4:30 pm (4 hours before our flight). Our taxi driver - who did not speak a word of English drove us through the centre of Moscow during rush hour. We were told that the trip would take 1 hour. Both David and I were getting very nervous when we did not see an airport sign or a plane in the sky after being in the taxi for 1.5 hours. We were both concerned about the exist process - esp. after what we experienced crossing boarders on the Trans-Mongolian.

The Moscow airport is very small (for a city of 9 million) and confusing. No English signs to be seen anywhere. We just followed the herd (moooo). The process was quiet smooth and we even had time to shop at the Duty Free shop before boarding our plane.

The flight from Moscow was a bit rough. There was lot so turbulance - we were happy when the food cart came along with drinks and a yummy sandwich for a snack.

When we arrived in Hungary (we weren't hungary when we got to Hungary thanks to the sandwich)- a couple from the Hostal was at the airport to greet us. We instantly sensed a change. Hungary is full of friendly, outgoing, welcoming people - unlike Russia - which was a grind and we got the message that they don't want you to visit. :( We are staying at a 4 star hostel (in our opinion). We have a wonderful large, double sized bed, in a large room. The hostel is small and warm. The person who runs it gave us a map and told us where we could find a bank machine and a store to get a little snack. Then he surprised us with a bottle of wine as a welcoming gift.

Today we are going to relax and arrange our trip to visit my relatives (V) in North Eastern Hungary on Sunday. We are contemplating a 2 week vacation in the Greek Island instead of zooming through several Eastern European countries before we fly home in 3 weeks. We think coming home relaxed and tanned would be best.

Hugs,

Veronica and David
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