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Published: July 12th 2012
We began this morning with no real plan(s) for the day. We had some ideas, but nothing set-in-stone. After breakfast at the hostel, we decided to take the local bus to central Miskolc. Locating the bus was a breeze, but trying to pay for two tickets when you only have 1,000.00 bills (roughly $25 USD) in Hungarian currency was problematic. Although the bus driver could not change such bills, he waved us on and let us ride for free.
After walking through central Miskolc for 30-45 minutes, we decided to visit a medieval castle that dates to the 9th
century. Visiting the Castle of Diosgyor was enjoyable since it is primarily in ruins. We enjoy seeing structures and cultural landscapes of bygone eras much more than pristine palaces.
After leaving the castle, we stopped for a quick lunch (I had rabbit soup and Sara had a sample platter of Hungarian breads, cheeses and other spreads) before taking the Lillafüred State Forest Narrow-Gauge Railway to Hámori-lake in Lillafüred, Hungary. It took roughly 1 hour to reach our destination. Once we departed the train, we hiked through the area and located the ruins of an ancient iron works plant. After exploring
the ruins, we noticed several signs posted around the perimeter that, we believe, requested that you are not to go into the ruins. After this jaunt we boarded the train to Lillafüred where we ate dinner at a restaurant overlooking Hámori-lake. We both had fresh trout from the region.
Following dinner we trekked to the next town and waited for a local bus to take us back to central Miskolc. Once in Miskolc we had to take a local tram and another bus to get back to our hostel. While waiting for the local bus, we met a wonderful Korean-American family who live permanently in Miskolc as Baptist missionaries to Hungarian Gypsies. The husband and wife have lived in Miskolc for three years; their daughter is a senior in high school and lives in California; their son is attending Emory College in Georgia.
After informing them that we were departing for Zagreb, Croatia the following morning, they insisted that we ride to Budapest with them in order to cut our travel time by 2 hours. After some discussion, we agreed to be ready by 9 AM for our ride to Budapest.
Once in Budapest, we will take
a 7-hour train ride to Zagreb, Croatia. The train departs at 1:00 PM and arrives in Zagreb around 7:45 PM.
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