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Trip Start Jun 01, 2008
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Trip End Aug 03, 2008


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Cute Little Apartment in the City Center

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

As I sit here on the train to Budapest, looking across this beautiful lake, I am reminded of another tucked away in rolling hills, only that was Lake Kivu (Rwanda). This one is Lago Balaton, according to my Brazilian friend's guidebook (Portuguese) and according to the map, it seems to be the only one in Hungary. Along the shore, there are tons of cute cottages, some surrounded by red clay tennis courts (doubles anyone?). In the distance, the sun casts a golden hue over the lake and then turns into a fiery red amber as it disappears behind the hills. This is the first time I have seen the sun in days. If today is a sign of things to come, Hungary will be quite nice.
Unfortunately, it was quite a comically deficient day. We did however spend several hours in downtown Zagreb, which apparently is the FASHION CAPITAL of eastern Europe. It felt as if they were filming Europe's next top model right before my very eyes. Before the confusion set in, I consulted with my Brazilian friend (not the authority on all things fashionable I might add), he confirmed my suspicions, and I left it at that. Moreover, Zagreb is also a very rich city, historically, architecturally, artistically, and culturally. It seemed as if around every corner there was someone who reminded me of friends back home. There was even a women who I easily would have mistaken for my mom (had I not been in Croatia of course).
Other highlights of the day, brown pigeon, not chicken, and no brown cow. I found a few more friends for Sam, rode the slowest train ever built, and danced away some of the 6 hour train ride to Budapest. Oh, I also learned from my friend (who still has the revolutionary spirit flaming inside of him), how to forget all about the revolution. It involves distracting oneself from the revolution and instead focusing on evolution, if you get his drift. Che follower or not, he is one smart kid.

Dream awake, sleep in bed;
for if they're at all worth living,
the rest, you'll need, at night.
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