Biggest Prey Mantis You've Ever Seen!

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Since we love free stuff we decided to check out the National Museum which, although you do have to register and get a ticket to enter (as Rick found out as he tried to waltz in), is free. Here we learnt all about the history of Budapest from when it was first founded to present day. From the museum we wandered along Hungary's greatest boulevard, Andrassy ut, until we found the Hero's Square and the Millennium Monument. Behind this was a huge park where we sat shaded from the fierce midday sun and rested our weary legs. We also checked out the Szechenyi Bath but decided not to go in as it was very busy and pretty pricy. Heading instead to the station and after buying an onward train ticket to Bratislava we relaxed at the hostel and listened to planes overhead practicing for tomorrows Red Bull Air Race. We couldn't summon the energy to actually go outside and watch but could see them lining up the Danube River from the hostel window.

Not that we are complaining or anything, because we do still recall day to day life being very demanding, but this traveling thing is so exhausting. It's hard carrying everything around on your back, not knowing where you are sleeping that night or the following one (we tend not to pre-book anything, preferring to "wing it") or trying to sleep in uncomfortable overnight busses and trains. It is definitely not the breeze people think it is (us included until we actually experienced it) but we won't be giving it up just yet. There is still way too much to see and while we still get excited of arriving in a new country and the thrill of discovering new things, we will continue on.

As we settled into bed for the night Megan was almost asleep when Rick let out a muffled yelp (we were in an eight bed dorm room and everyone was asleep otherwise it would have been louder). As he put his head down onto his pillow he saw something green out the corner of his eye. There beside him was the biggest, greenest prey mantis he had ever seen. Megan remembered playing with them as a kid and suggested he just grab it and throw it out the window, but as he did so it bit him (so he says, do they actually bite?) and he flicked his hand with the prey mantis flying into a cupboard containing the belongings of another room mate. Oops! After we quietly rolled around laughing at the situation, he then had to go through the cupboard to find the bugger of a thing and dispose of it properly, all the while trying to be quiet so he didn't wake anyone and have to explain why he was looking through their things. "No, No, I'm not a thief I'm just trying to find the prey mantis I accidentally threw into your stuff!" See it's the moments like these that keep us on the road.

Status of Rick's hair: Getting better...
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