Bojogni (Bow-fog-an-knee) all round
Trip Start Aug 09, 2004
13Trip End Oct 08, 2004
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Where I stayed
27/08/04 - 03/08/04
Budapest....our home for the next few days. Actually we ended up staying in Budapest for about 7 days (with a couple of day trips here and there) - the longest we have stayed in one place so far and I doubt that we will be staying this long in any other, time being the key factor. You could say that we could have unpacked our bags and made ourselves at home like some of the Japanese backpackers, well at the "Best Hostel" anyway. Some of the girls in our room even put their stuff away in any cupboards or draws available, there's no place like home I suppose.
Obviously our first day in Budapest was a bit of a write-off though as we were so tired from having no sleep from the night before
Budapest is very beautiful and has often been described as the Paris of the east - can definitely see why.
Of course when in Budapest you can not look past a Termal, as it has so many to choose from. Chrissy and I definitely took a liking to the whole Termal experience. We ended up going to the one in the city park - "Szechenyl Baths" - the one famous for the old men playing chess while trying to turn back the years. Unfortunately, that day we had a couple of run ins with the local elderly community - for some reason whatever we did didn't seem to agree with them.....ie. splashing water when we weren't etc, etc....can't please anyone here, well not on the day that we were there anyway.
From Budapest we took a couple of day trips - one to Szentendre and one to Egar. Both pretty little towns in the wine areas north/north-east of Budapest. The bus trip out to Szentendre was made a little more interesting when some woman jumped in front of the bus, trying to get on, and as a result we were delayed for 20 mins because the bus driver wouldn't let her on
One evening in Budapest we meet up with some locals who took us to a couple of bars to experience the Budapest nightlife and learn a few more Hungarian words to add to my repertoire ie. Bojogni (burping) - very useful words of course.
Our last destination in Hungary before heading in to Serbia was Szeged. Yet another pretty little town on the Danu river. While there the town was having a Paprika/Fish soup Festival but on the last day in Hungary we unfortunately didn't have enough money to try the famous soup as we had spent everything in preparation of going into the next country. People were brewing soup all along the river in their own little cauldrons while some tents had these huge ones over a metre big. You could easily stew some little boys or girls in those suckers.