I need to get more people to cook for me ....
Trip Start Jul 15, 2006
102Trip End Oct 21, 2006
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Supposedly the "highly-recommended" hostel in Budapest had laundry - nope. Kind of dumpy, too. I wonder if there are kickbacks involved? Met an Aussie girl named Alanna at the hostel. We went to the market together. Great - lots of produce and baked goods. Had a langos - fried pancake topped w/ cheese, cream, and garlic ... so fatty and so good!!!
Alanna bought some mushrooms (chanterelles, I think)
We walked across the river. Saw the Gellert Hotel - beautiful. Walked past a cool church (see pics) and up the Citadel. Incredible vistas. Chilled at the top for a while before walking back down.
A downpour on the way to the castle! Luckily I had my umbrella but we still got wet. We hopped onto the funicular - nothing too exciting at the castle. But it did stop raining. After, we stopped at a famous pastry shop (Gerbaud's). In business for nearly 200 years, I think. We shared a chocolate hazelnut cake, fruit cake, and a fruit tart. All good, but not spectacular. We made a deal - she'd let me in on the mushroom pasta she was making and I'd spring for the cakes.
My first home-cooked meal in over 5 weeks! Great with a little wine. She's really cool - a little spacey and flower-child-ish. Young and trying to find her path in life. She was just in India and came to Hungary a few days ago for an electronica festival.
Ran into a Torontonian at the kitchen (Holly). She quit her job as an interior designer and has been traveling and working in Europe for over a year. We seemed to hit it off but she always seemed to pull back. Strange.
I went for a walk along the Danube ... strangely quiet for a city of 2 million. Walked through a relatively quiet pedestrian arcade and then off to bed.