To Romania

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Trip End Oct 15, 2008


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Monday, June 23, 2008

21/6-24/6

We did spend the next day at a spa in Budapest. It was by far the best day we had there. The one we went to had three different pools all different temps. The biggest two were more for doing laps and you had to have head gear to swim in them. The third one was smaller and the water temp warmer (not exactly what we wanted in 35 degree heat) but it had water jets and a whirl pool and the likes. We lazed around this for most of the day.

They also had an indoor thermal pool area. There were about four different ones here including a cool down pool. The spa water was great, but you could only really sit in it for about 5 mins. There were a couple of saunas, but we figured it was hot enough outside. It was really cheap to, about 6 Euros.

The next day was again very hot and we walked around Budapest not really knowing where we were going, and getting lost again! It was very frustrating, so we cut our losses and went back to the camp site, we figured that Budapest just didn't agree with us, or visa versa.

Our 4 days were up and after a few different people warned us to be careful in Romania (thanks for the confidence boost) we headed to a town called Eger. This was on the way to Romania, and set in a mountainous wine region. We found the very basic camp site which was near the wine tasting area. We took our empty water bottles and went to try.

The first cellar we went into was being manned by a little old lady who spoke no English. We tasted some merlot, which was fantastic. She was quiet defensive to begin with but was getting friendlier as we were leaving. Just as we were about to go out a group of people were starting to go in, the little old lady looked at them and then said 'NET' and shook her head and arms. They walked away and she looked to us and said 'Russians', in a very distasteful voice. I guess they still harbor some ill feelings towards them here. The region is famous for a type of wine called Bulls Blood, we tried this but I wasn't the biggest fan. Instead we got 500mls of rose, and 2.75 Ltrs of merlot, all for about 8 Euros, bargain! And they tasted quiet good too.

It was still absolutely sweltering, and after our 15min walk into town we were sweating up a storm and not really into walking about much. We did a quick scout around and decided against walking up the hill to see the castle. Instead we got two cold beers and did some people watching, much cooler hehe.

It stormed that night and cooled things down a bit, making life more comfortable. We were driving to Romania today and were 90% sure we didn't need visas, but I was a bit weary. We got to the border and had a proper passport and car registration check. 5 mins later and some stamps in our passports we were allowed on our way.

We have found ourselves in a great camp site that was on the way to our first stop. It absolutely poured with rain and hail on our way here, lightning and thunder, the whole works. Clive didn't like this to much and started to make some strange noises. When he started to loose power at one point, we were getting worried, but it all worked out ok, must just be scared of the thunder.

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