and the adventures of arriving here...
07.10.2009 - 09.10.2009 70 °F
After Istanbul, our next destination was Budapest...however it is 30 hours via train so we decided to break up the trip with a stop in Sofia, Bulgaria for a day. We spent the majority of the day trying to figure out where we were with our map that was not in English nor Bulgarian making it quite difficult. We saw some lovely cathedrals and ended our day with a walk in a beautiful park. While in the park, Megan rolled on water (see video in above post)
After 2 overnight trains, we finally arrived in Budapest where we have been making friends and continuing our adventures. First, we met Luke, who made us realize we need alter egos. Erin now goes by Monica Onassis and Megan as Vivienne LeDeauxe. Luke has many other personalities such as Philip Simabuster, which he donned when tyring to help a friend sell an apartment. Luke, if you want to comment and leave the story that would be swell. We spent our first full day walking around Budapest, taking part in a free walking tour, and loving life (see video below).
Next, we met Gustavo and Carlos, who Luke had met a few cities back in his travels. Gustavo and Carlos are on holiday from Brazil. The 5 of us spent the night hopping bars and clubs mostly. We ended the night at a club that had dancing and karaoke. We can´t say enough about how fun it was to watch Carlos sing karaoke. Pure joy.
We are planning on visiting these guys in Rio for the 2016 Olympics but hopefully will see them again much sooner.
After going to the Baths in Budapest this morning, which were pretty great, WE WENT CAVING!!! We were imaging a leisurely stroll under the city, but instead we got... how to explain... imagine yourself bundled tightly in a sleeping bag and you are trying to wriggle out. Now imagine that sleeping bag is made of giant slabs of limestone. About 1/2 the caving adventure was that, while the other half we spent chatting in open caverns. We had a really awesome group of 7 people that supported each other through the narrow passageways and our instructor was awesome. He is on some History Channel series on caves in Hungary. Superb! We highly recommend this if you are in Budapest.
Tonight has ended at our hostel where 2 of the workers cooked up some awesome Hungarian goulash (even some veggie stuff for Megan . 15 or 20 people staying at the hostel sat around eating and chatting for several hours. They also had some of the best red wine EVER!!! And guess where it was made - Lake Balaton, the next stop of our journey!!! Bikes and wine, here we come!