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Published: September 9th 2008
Mat: Budapest was the last stop on our trip, and we were keen just to relax a bit. This approach does not make for a hugely entertaining blog, so this will be short and sweet.
We stayed at an awesome little hostel called "Enter Privates". Really - it was called Enter Privates. I think the "privates" part referred to the private rooms, but what possessed the owner to preface this with "enter", I will never know. The owner of the place, Gabor, was a young Budapest local who, despite the misdirected attempt at naming the hostel, was a top bloke. Over the four days in Budapest we had many a good chat about Hungary and Budapest, which was an invaluable bonus to our stay there.
As is often the case, one of the best things Dave and I did was hire bicycles for a couple of days, and cruise about soaking in the city. Dave got a way cooler bike however, which gutted me.
The Turks took control of Budapest at one stage, so there are some amazing Turkish baths dotted around the city. Not that I would know though, as it was the middle of summer, and
the last thing I felt like was immersing myself in hot water.
Unlike many other cities in Eastern Europe that ditched the various communist statues dotted about the landscape once free from the shackles of the USSR, Budapest grouped them together in one spot. "Momento Park" is the result of this idea. Pretty random, but pretty cool. Take a bus out into the burbs, and there, all in one spot, is more socialist sculpture than you can shake a sickle at. Nice one comrades!
Somehow I also stumbled across a free Santana concert. And he played some Led Zeppelin. What?
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