Budapest, an awesome city

Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
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Trip End May 15, 2011


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Jeno Bacsi and Tercsi's home

Flag of Hungary  , Budapest,
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

We are spending our days exploring beautiful Budapest. We are operating at a slightly different time zone than the locals, but this has been the case for most of our journey so far.  We go to sleep at around 2:30 or 3:00AM and we sleep until 11:00.  My relatives must think we are lazy bums. 

Anyways, today after waking up at 10:30, we had a nice breakfast of cocoa, fresh rolls, cheese, and vegetables.  Then we were off to catch the HEV, the commuter rail that goes into the center of Budapest. We got off at the stop next to the Obi, the Hungarian equivalent to the Home Depot, not at the city center.

Why were we going here rather than looking at more historical sites, you may ask.  We were on a mission.  We learned that next to the Obi is one of the few Kurtos Kalacs (chimney cake) kiosks in the Budapest area. Kurtos kalacs is a wonderful sweat bread that is twisted around a cylindrical piece of wood, coated with sugar, and then caramelized.  David and I have a dream in which we bring the Kurtos Kalacs to America, make it popular, open up many stores, and become millionaires.

Our mission was to find the Kurtos Kalacs, eat it, and ask the salesperson everything we possibly could about Kurtos Kalacs production. We learned many well guarded secrets that we could share with you, but then we would have to kill you and we like you because you are reading our blog so sorry no more info for now…

 
After our 1 hour conversation with the Kurtos Kalacs owner, we embarked on our 2 hour journey to the city center on foot. We took lots of pictures and saw a lot of awesome street performers. One girl was singing beautiful folk songs, others were playing Hungarian folk music, and then there was the guy with the wine glasses…you'll see in the video.
 Next it was Szechenyi furdo, a famous Hungarian bath.  Here we spent several hours going from one beautiful room or hall to the next, relaxing in baths of varying degrees, and enjoying the outdoor facilities as well.  The pictures say more than I could describe in words.  We tried the sauna too, but as always, I was not able to make it to the three minute mark before I felt an overwhelming need to get out of there.

After the baths, we made our 1.5 hour journey back to the HEV and went back to Csepel, where my cousin Gergo picked us up and took us out for some delicious pizza (which was interesting because it had garlic, sour cream, smoked cheese, bacon, and chicken on it and zero tomatoes but was, as mentioned, delicious). 
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