Hi Dear Blog Followers–
I guess this blog is only for international traveling on my part. After exactly 11 months back in the USA I flew to Budapest last night, April 2. All went smoothly and flights were fine. Very reasonable package of airfare, hotels and breakfasts for 6 nights. Budapest/Prague. Plus mini-bus ride between the two cities. Then we’ve added a week in Poland and share a private compartment on the overnight train from Prague to Krakow on April 9. Four nights in Krakow and 3 nights Warsaw.
I’m traveling with my friend Kathy Eberlein whom I know through the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills. I think we’re going to get along great and really enjoy each other’s company. One of the best things is that we tend to laugh a lot when we’re together.
Last night we went out for dinner a restaurant 5 minutes from our hotel that was recommended by the front desk. FABULOUS! Beautiful decor (high wooden post ceiling), outdoor garden for dining (we ate inside overlooking it but plan to return there today and eat outside), and amazing food. When I came to Hungary in 1971 I remember reading in a guidebook “you can’t get a bad meal in Hungary.” I think that will prove true.
Not in the mood to write a long blog now. It’s 5:45 a.m. and I can’t sleep. Am sitting in hotel lobby with my iPad, watching the BBC news, and letting Kathy sleep to a decent hour. I slept from 10:30 to 1:30, tried to go back to sleep at 4 but it didn’t work. Oh well, my jet leg should be over in a day or two.
This morning we’re going to buy a 2 day Budapest Card that gives us free transportation, lots of tours and free museum entrances, and discounts at many places. We’ll also purchase a 2 day “hop on/hop off” bus ticket to see Budapest’s highlights. The card includes a free river ride.
Stay tuned for more about lovely Budapest. Speaking of lovely, the weather is great—today it’s supposed to be sunny and in the low 70s.. Trees are green and flowers in bloom. Big change from Woodstock.