Page 3 of B bop Travel Blog Posts

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest June 27th 2011

I have been feeling very sluggish since I really haven’t done much exercise since I started my trip. So I really felt the need to go for a run, I also thought it was a great city to run in since you had all of the lovely scenery to look at as you went by. I ended up running down one of the bridges over to the Buda side then running along the river, it was a great feeling just to let your mind wander and have your body work. I couldn’t be out for too long since I had to check out of the Aboriginal hostel. I wanted to stay longer, but the hostel was booked (I think Elyane took the last booking and I teased her about it) but no worries, I booked into ... read more
Sketchy Elevator!
Looking down from the Buda side
Looking down from the Buda side

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest June 26th 2011

I woke up at 9 which was good since breakfast was over at 10 (it’s my favorite meal of the day, can’t miss it, plus its included in the price of the room!). I really didn’t have a plan for the day so when I saw that Elyane and Emma were at the hostel (Elyane liked our hostel so much she booked the rest of her stay there and Emma tagged along) I asked what they were doing for the day. It turns out they were going to the Thermal baths that Budapest was known for and asked if I would like to join (boy would I ever! A little bit of “therapeutic” relaxing never hurt anyone, and when in Rome . . .) So we got Dan (a nice Welsh guy in my room) to ... read more
Riding the metro!
The outside of the Thermal baths
The institution door to our locker room

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest June 25th 2011

I woke up for my first day in Budapest and walked out for breakfast. The Aboriginal hostel is already a great place in my book since they give you a free breakfast! I got some cereal and freshly made waffles and sat down at the large table where about 5 people were already sitting and finishing up their breakfast. I introduced myself and talked to the others over breakfast, there was an older American guy, Sandy, who was so cool and down to earth. There was a Swedish guy, Andy, and two other Americans (so this is where all of the Americans are hiding). After breakfast I went out to get a handle on the city of Budapest and figured out what I wanted to do with my time there. The city was very windy and ... read more
Architecture Galore!
One of the many bridges
On the Danube

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest June 24th 2011

I had everything packed the night before since I was getting up early to catch the train to Budapest, Hungary that morning. It was going to be a long train ride, with an hour layover in Zagreb, but I was prepared for it. I got up and said goodbye to Annalisa who I had hung out with the day before. (I love traveling alone since you are never really alone, you meet such great people along the way). I got to my train without any problems and on the train ride to Zagreb I was able to catch up with a lot of my blogs since I had already seen the landscape 2 days before on the train ride there (I wasn’t thrilled about backtracking, but it’s sometimes necessary). When I was in Split I tried ... read more
The country side from the train
Goodbye Split!

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split June 22nd 2011

I saw the Carlsens off this morning for their trip to Italy, they really looked after me while I stayed with them and even gave me everyone cell phone numbers, even people who worked for the Embassy, just in case anything went wrong. Mirella (their Croatian help) was so incredibly nice to me, she gave me cold medicine to take with me, along with a few bottles of water and a few granola bars. She spoke wonderful English and told me that I wouldn’t be able to buy anything since that day and the next were Croatian holidays. I loved her accent and the way the Eastern Europeans talk to you, they are a straight forward and honest bunch! The night before, Colonel Carlsen had arranged for their taxi driver to come and pick me up ... read more
Split from the train
Buildings near the hostel

Europe » Croatia » Central Croatia » Zagreb June 20th 2011

I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I am sitting in the Ataturk airport in Istanbul and I have just hours left in this beautiful country. Turkey has been amazing to me while I was here and it surpassed my wildest dreams of how happy I could be in a foreign country. The last few days have been a whirlwind! It was a quick flight from Istanbul to Zagreb, I found it interesting that customs into Turkey was basically non-existing, but that you at least had to have your bag x-rayed upon entering the airport to then exit the country. They took a good long look at my bag as it went through, I even saw the attendant back the machine up so he could get a better look at my bag, but ... read more
Nice architechture
No smoking, dogs, or ice cream here!
Part of the Markets

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet June 19th 2011

The next day Marcus and I took it easy and had a nice breakfast where I told Marcus stories of when Dad and I were there, and Marcus got to know Lynn and Ayse a little better. It was just like old times only with a new person! Lynn couldn’t stop talking about how much fun Dad looked like he was having, and I concurred that I didn’t think I had seen Dad that happy and relaxed in a long time. I remember when Dad was here how we would tease each other mercilessly back and forth and then we would get on Skype to talk to Mom and she would get tired of hearing us poke fun at each other, but we were having a blast. After breakfast (Marcus was worried that I had talked ... read more
The targets
Love the Spice Bazaar
Marcus eating sut misir!

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara June 18th 2011

We left Cappadocia at 6:00 am on Saturday morning and I was hoping to see the hot air balloons that fill the sky in the early morning there. If you don’t book early it is hard to get on one as they are almost always full when they go up. Supposedly the views are amazing and one day I would love to do it, but at around 150 Euros is was just not in my budget. I looked up as we got on the bus but since it was very cloudy and sadly there weren’t any balloons out, which is good for the people who have booked them since the views of the landscape and sunrise are not the best, but bad for me since I really wanted to take in the awe of seeing the ... read more
See! Death trap I tell you!
Beautiful roses on the walkway
He can't move

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme June 17th 2011

I got up at 5 am to see if I could catch a glimpse of the wonder that I was told the hot air balloons would be. Sadly, I got up too early to catch them and in my early morning sleepy state I didn’t realize it. I went back to bed then got up a little later to make it down for breakfast (more yogurt please!). Today was a relaxing day with nothing on the agenda, Fatih had mentioned that we could visit a nice Hamam here and after a little exploring the group decided that would be a great idea! Marcus kept asking me what I wanted for my birthday so once I realized that we would be going I told him I wanted my stay at the Hamam for my birthday! (That ... read more
Lunch after the Hamam
Kofte Eckmek

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme June 16th 2011

We got up and ate breakfast (yogurt, finally!!!) and were ready to go exploring around Cappadocia. Dora said at breakfast that she got up early and was amazing by how many hot air balloons there were in the sky! She was so impressed by it that she is going up in one the next morning. I asked what time they were going out so that I would get up the next morning to see them since she talked about it so fondly. We were soon all together and on the bus to go to the underground cities that the Cappadocians dug out of the soft rock. (We all have asked a dumb question at one time or another, and Dora took the day’s prize for asking if the Cappadocians dug the underground cities, this was just ... read more
Marcus's serious croutching skills
I am making a bowl!
Not too shabby!

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