Hungary for stitchlessness.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When we finally passed the Austrian border into Slovakia where we were almost immediately confronted with huge ugly communist apartment buildings all the way into the capital city, Bratislava.
Our intentions were to spend the full day in the city, but when we arrived in the centre we were really turned off by the shabbiness of the streets and the communist eyesores that pained every block. So uninspired by the smog and the traffic we decided to flee back into Austria for some greenery. (Aren't free borders great!)

We headed down into Austria’s biggest lake and only real great water area. Too bad the entire lake is only 2m deep! When we eventually arrived we found out that everyone had to pay a toll or have a membership to have access to the waterside. How very un-Australian… very, Austrian??? We were not prepared to be bullied into paying for water privileges so we vamoosed. Not that we don’t love browny-green water.

We followed the lake all the way around until we finally reached the Hungarian border. (although here they call themselves 'Magyar Koztarsasag’ which is much easier to say). Once again another currency. So we landed ourselves in the bank to change our euros into ‘Forints’. But not before we got to look at Hungary’s version of the Versailles. A big yellow muscle-flex of a mansion. All in the courtyard they had statues of men and children stabbing some kind or sea creature. We didn’t realize that Hungary had anything to do with the ocean, being so far in the middle of a giant continent.

Later in a truck-stop park, Joel had the great task of removing Jena’s head stitches. Well, lets just say that leatherman has paid for itself! We sterilized the "instruments" with some of that alcohol hand sanitizer. It’s genius!
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