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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Szentendre February 9th 2014

This past weekend, I decided to plan a day trip to Visegrad and Szentendre. Normally Darcy plans things and I navigate, so I'm not the best at planning. After a fun night on Friday, I met Joe, Sam, Chaz, and Niamh at the Nyugati train station at 9 am. We bought tickets for a train to Visegrad and set off. Joe ate his first McDonald's breakfast ever and was so American about it (he's from London). The train was where the insults between Sam and Chaz started. The next 20 hours ended up being about who could insult the other the most. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. We got off the train at Nagymáros where we could see the Visegrad Castle up on a hill. We walked towards it and found the ... read more
The castle in the fog
Foggy hills
Niamh waiting for the ferry

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest February 2nd 2014

Not much accomplished today, but a bit of rest seemed to be required. We had to be clear of cabins by 9:00 (bags by 8:00). So we sat in the lounge for close to an hour, participating in the long good bye as taxis arrived for some and buses for others. There had to be two buses for all those going to the Marriott to wait for other connections. I went in the first bus, and the rest of our little group waited for the second, to keep in sync with our luggage. In a nice conference room overlooking the river at the Marriott, I waited another hour for the second bus to come. We did have tea and coffee and a selection of chocolate and cream pastries. When the others arrived they were certainly ready ... read more
Market stall
Market butcher
Street art

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest January 28th 2014

Hello! We are about a month into our trip and have seen and experienced so many indescribably beautiful things. We finished our first trip in Prague after seeing the Vyšehrad Castle and it's cemetery, both of which are stunning. We spent our last few days eating and drinking mainly. We found a delicious vegetarian restaurant with a vast menu and cheap prices called Loving Hut along with other cave and dungeon like basement bars and restaurants. In a dungeon bar dripping with rock icons of both hair metal and classic rock, we tried a locally brewed absinthe for the first time. Large portraits of members from Kiss hanging on all surrounding walls watched as we got obliterated. We may not have seen the green fairy, but we had fun trying. The next day we had a ... read more
Statue in Prague
On our way to the Vysehrad Castle and Cemetery
Make a wish!

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest January 24th 2014

At 8:00 we sailed into Budapest – Ian was quick enough to eat breakfast and video our entry. I followed with Deirdre a little while later, after going back to the cabin for a jacket – it was sunny but chilly. The waterfront is stunning on both sides, featuring a magnificent, very large Parliament Building, which we later learned is based on Westminster embellished by a large central dome. (Nora, our guide, had a great store of dry political jokes. “Why was the Parliament built with a dome? Every circus needs a big top.” “If a war starts, check which side Hungary is on - and join the other side.”) Across from Parliament is the huge Palace and Sailor’s Bastion. No royalty ever lived there (Hapsburgs preferred Vienna), and none of it has been used for ... read more
Fishermans Bastion
Heroes Square
Szechenyi Spa

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budakeszi December 20th 2013

Christmas is in schools in Hungary. It's a thing. And not just Christmas presents/trees/Santa. Oh no. JESUS. Jesus is schools goes against everything I ever learned about being a teacher. About a month or so ago, I was told that I had to prepare a song/chant/dance/play for my class. Since I have 2 classes, I asked Claire to take over my 1st grade Christmas show while I concentrated on the 3rd graders. I chose a play about reindeer. It's cute, it's Christmasy, it's innocent. We spent all of our English lessons for a week practicing. Singing songs, dancing, and acting. Tunde (my co-teacher) was really worried about their pitch and synchronization and everything. I was just happy they memorized their lines. I've mentioned this in a previous blog, but it's relevant to this blog too. On ... read more
Hungarian Things
Boldog Karácsony!
Casual Classroom Christmas Tree


Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda December 13th 2013

It's that awkward time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's the season where I've stopped being homesick, because I'm just really excited to go home in a week (!!!). Half of my kids are slumped over their desks in class, and the other half are out of control. With no Thanksgiving break, the kids have been in school since the beginning of November. Everyone is ready for Christmas. It's also the season of thankfulness and gratefulness. And over this past week, I've been composing a list of the things I am really thankful for, now that I've lived in Europe for three months. Also, my favorite things. 1. The quaint little towns of the French countryside that I got to peek at while on my train from Lyon to Toulon. Rolling green hills, vineyards, and every so ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest December 3rd 2013

Welcome in "Magyarország"! That's Hungary in Hungarian, which I found to be an extremely complicated language. I spent 4 days in Budapest, Hungary's capital. Two before flying to Tel Aviv and two after. The city is quite popular among tourists in general and I was really looking forward to go and experience the city myself. I really liked the city and consider it as one of the nicest European capitals I've been to (so far no other capital beats the beauty of Prague in my opinion). Budapest is beautiful, especially by night it looks stunning! I took a train from Zagreb to Budapest, which took about 6 hours. On the way to Budapest I was typing on my netbook a lot while enjoying the landscape outside, which was mostly flat. The train passed along the Lake ... read more
Széchenyi Bridge (Chain Bridge), oldest and most beautiful bridge in Budapest
Great Market Hall (Nagycsarnok)
Great Market Hall (Nagycsarnok)

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda December 1st 2013

Well, here we are again. Landed in Budapest around 5pm, taxi to hotel. The Sofitel is very nice and quite reasonable with club lounge access which means if you don't have to eat out if you take advantage of the spread they provide. You also don't check in in the lobby, but get taken straight up to the Club lounge and check in there. Very civilized. Gaynor is getting stuck into it with her champagne journey around Europe. We spent the evening chatting with a couple of ladies from England Sue and B who are here on a girls weekend away, and loving it. The lounge closed so we off to bed to ready ourselves the next day of sightseeing. In the morning after breakfast bought a Hop on-Hop off bus ticket and went around the ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest November 29th 2013

Hi Guys Good to find time to get back. I think, well I know the last blog got us to Oxford to see Ray. From there we headed off to London via the A40. Everything was travelling smoothly until there was displayed a message about a delay near the Target roundabout. A DELAY. It took us close to 2 hours to travel the couple of miles to the accident site (a semi-trailer roll over). This was frustrating enough with some twat in a van in front of us constantly letting car after car in front of us. Sometimes 5 & 6 at a time. I was not happy to say the least. I changed lanes to get by him, which wasn’t hard as he was still letting cars in, only to notice he had a clipboard ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest November 29th 2013

Hello all..... sorry I have been so slack, but I have been having a great time drinking champagne in the air and around Europe... I have tried 5 so far and think that Bollinger is the front runner for favourite at the moment (others are Chandon, Laurent Perrier, Pommery and Marquis de la Tour). I left you last in Bath and so far have also visited Edinburgh, York, Oxford (for Lunch with Uncle Ray) and back to London.... I am writing this from my hotel in Budapest (Buda on one side of the Danube and Pest on the other) The hotel is actually in Pest, but we looked at both sides this morning. With regard to the other towns I have visited... I am going to send you to Greg's blog (His blog name is being ... read more

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