Budapest Exploration

14 Jul

It has been hot and we are somewhat tired from the heat – so we take short afternoon naps after venturing about in the morning and early afternoon. We certainly are on European and vacation time,  eating dinner at around 8:30 – 9:00 PM – much later than at home. 

The first couple of days here we picked up a monthly transportation pass good for all methods of public transit, negotiated Metro to get to a large shopping mall – at one time the largest in Hungary – where we found the T Mobile store to procure a SIM card, shopped for groceries, visited the Great Hall (a Pike Place Market kind of place), eaten ice cream on Vaci Street (Budapest’s pedestrian friendly shopping street), and walked around our immediate area (only getting lost once!).  

We  have been back to the Great Hall several times, now, to purchase fresh produce and fruit – it is only a five minute walk from our apartment

Each day we venture further away from our Raday Utca (street) apartment. Julianna, Emily’s sister, is visiting for two weeks, and we are exploring with her. Today we walked the full length of Vaci Street, stopped for refreshments, went down to the Danube River to scope out the Danube River boat tours which we will take today or tomorrow.

In preparation for our trip Emily and I took Hungarian language lessons for four months. Our teacher, AnnaMaria Winters, is a native of Hungary and teaches ESL at Shoreline Community College. We were fortunate to learn a lot about Hungary in addition to our weekly language lessons. Later in August we will visit with AnnaMaria and her mother in Szeged – located in southern Hungary.


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