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Published: July 15th 2017
Alright, back in wifi business! Sort of. Not. It works in the lobby but I'm not interested in sitting downstairs, so... I'm lumping things together again for the blog. Not sure what's up with Hungary and wifi but hey.
First we need to talk trains. I went from Revfulop to Deli (in Budapest), then transferred to a different station (Keleti) to continue on to Eger. It went surprisingly smooth considering there are no announcements in English - I basically just kept finding old ladies and pointing at my ticket while I nod like "yes? yes!" Works like a charm because old ladies tend to actually say no if they don't know.
So back to that first train. I figured I should use the bathroom while I didn't have my bag with me (the one downside of travelling alone, I swear). So this toilet. It's spacious. It's clean. I'm marvelling at it. Then I go to flush and realize it's literally a chute. Like I can see the tracks passing by underneath. I started laughing... like... I was just marvelling how much nicer their train toilets are than ours. I guess you take the good with the bad there.
ANYWAY. I was on a glorified subway from Keleti to Eger. It's a lot more modern than the other Hungarian trains I've been on so that was good. I like that it was like a subway - it actually stopped in the small towns so you get to see a little window into that life. Also it was the best wifi connection I've had so far in Hungary which let me plan some stuff for Miskolc. Always good detail lol.
Eger is really pretty - it has such a charm to it. It's tiny enough, easy to walk, but there's a real bustle to it. I basically dropped my bag off and started to aimlessly roam. I found the main square by accident - so beautiful. There's a great big statue at one end, a massive church, some other fancy building and sprinklers for the kiddos (or the young at heart). Even better the food all around the square wasn't massively overpriced which is rare. I grabbed myself an ice cream, as you do, and kept wandering.
I didn't get to go into the Basilica as a wedding was just finishing up - aw, cute couple and the
groomsmen were in army(?) uniforms. Very dashing. But I did go inside another church - it's was very sombre, very dark inside, but beautiful artwork. I was intrigued by the stroller they had that had a bunch of little crosses in it... I mean, I can assume its message/purpose, but I've never seen that before.
I climbed up to the Castle for a beautiful view over the city - over the main square and pretty much all over. I saw the Minaret - unfortunately it's closed for renovations. I went to the Castle after hours because I heard the inside wasn't much worth the visit, rather the grounds are what's nice. It was cool having the bird's eye view of the city and you can hear music playing from the square, you can see people moving about their daily lives. At the very top of the hill/castle there are 3 giant crosses which give it a distinct look.
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