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Trip Report JoeTro Budapest and Hungary trip report

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Sorry for any tipos I may make. I am in Budapest now and I thought I would try to write a day by day trip report so things are fresh.

I arrived safely today in Budapest. I took public transport to the hotel (B and B Bellevue) which was a tad complicated. 1 bus and 2 metros, but I arrived just fine. I bought a single bus ticket and then a 10 ticket book at the first metro station. It sucks that you have to use a ticket with each transfer. Not sure how long this will last.

When I arrived at Batthyan tor, my breath was taken away by the pretty Parliament building across from the river. So amazing.

The owners of the B and B are nice and speak great English. They greated me promptly and showed me to my room, which is a lot bigger than I am used to and his a small window with a great view over to the Parliament. They spent about 30 minutes with me showing me how to operate the doors and windows and lights and gave me some tips about restaurants and travel and to avoid pretty women on vaci ulli. I do not think this will be a problem as I seem to repel attractive women, but we will see.

I like the location, though I have not explored Castle Hill or the surrounings much yet. There are a lot of steps and I am sure there will be many more, but I am young and could use the exercise.

I ate dinner at a restaurant they recommended very near by called Vigado Soroyo Etterem. It was just okay. I had gnocchi pasta with sheeps cheese and a mixed salad, a glass of red wine and bottled water. The bill came to 1980, and I tipped 150. Great value considering that is about 12 dollars. The pasta was huge and too creamy and cheesy for my taste, but I am sure it was not their fault. When you order a pasta with cheese I guess you should assume it is cheesy and creamy.

I thought about taking a boat tour but opted out and am glad I did. I walked to Chain Bridge and Rosselvelt Square and back. The city at night is incredible. So many buildings and sights took my breath away, and I took loads of pictures.

I walked right by the Gresham Palace and thought about going in to see but, but opted out. Would it be gauche to just walk in and view the lobby? I have heard it is very nice, but I am definitely not in that income bracket.

I have a super busy day planned for tomorrow and I think I will explore the Castle area more at night and the wine bar in the Hilton that came recommended. I think I will skip the walking tour I was considering for Monday, since it is a bit pricy and I could probably just see everything myself.

Until tomororow.

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