Are you Termal or Thermal?

Trip Start Aug 09, 2004
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Trip End Oct 08, 2004


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Friday, August 20, 2004

20/08/04 - 26/08/04

Next stop & country please.......we now headed into Gyor, Hungary - the land of Goulash and other great food... Too much.....ahhh!!! (as Homer Simpson would say with his mouth drooling). Gyor was a beautiful little town with a one great asset....a Termal!!! Our first of many. And not any ordinary termal but one with the same entertainment as a water fun park. So we spent 4 hours running between a number of pools of different temperatures, being whisked around in a whirl pool, sitting under waterfalls, sitting/standing on spa nozzles and one massage to boot. A great days entertainment. Stayed 2 nights in Gyor at another university dorm, with another shit shower.

From Gyor we headed to Sporon, another pretty little town - there seems to be an abundance of them. After arriving we were soon to find out that it wasn't the easiest to find accommodation (due to the long weekend) and the people working at the universities were only too quick to say that they didn't have accommodation. Later we were to find out that we should not have always believed them. But after an hour of walking around with our packs on we found a nice little pension where the lady who ran it was more like our grandmother and very excited that we were from Oz - giving us coke, special deals and a few hugs here and there. Not much was going on in Sopron when we were there as it was a Sunday & Monday and nothing much is open those days. But did go out to one of the parks to get a view of the city.

The next day we were up early to catch a 5:15am bus to Kesthely on the Lake Balaton area. Apparantly a bit of a party place in the summer but I think that we missed it. From here we took a little day trip to Hevis which had, you guessed it, another Termal! But this one is the world's largest Termal Lake. Diffinately not as much fun as the last one and a lot more old people looking for the fountain of youth I think - they probably thought that the slighty radioactive mud/water might help. As Chrissy said "Cacoon want-to-bes". By the end of the 3 hours we were looking like prunes ourselves, the reversed desired effect. That night we meet some guys in a bar that helped us expand our Hungarian vocabulary - all the good ones of course.

Another early bus but this time to Pecs. You guessed it - another pretty little town but this one was more of a university town as there were lots of young people around. And this was where we were to find out that those sneaking dorm people were lying to us. We stopped at one and they said that they were full, so we went to the tourist information place and they called one for us and they had space. After walking about 20 or so mins the lady at reception was only to quick to say there was nothing when she found out that we only spoke english. But I was going no where after walking that far and when I mentioned that Tourinform had called them - all of a sudden there was space. Surprise, surprise!...so maybe the man from the other one was lying too....we no longer trusted any of them. In Pecs there is this nice tradition of couples writing their names on a padlock and attaching it to some fences. They say that after doing that your relationship should last forever....but it also mentions that if things should change, at least you have the key to the lock! Only too handy. At one of the pubs we met some of the local universtity students who exposed us to our first night out in a Hungarian nightclub - very interesting - you pay an entrance fee and then get all the crap Champange that you can possibly force down. We left there and went straight back to the Hostel picked our stuff up and then caught the train to Budapest....you could say we were a little tired...
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