It has been raining for about as long as I can remember. It stops, I think the sun is about to come out, and then it starts drizzling again. What happened to the beautiful weather we had in Spain? Ever since Austria we have had a run of bad luck with weather. I don’t think my hair has ever been this frizzy in my life.
I have to make an amendment to what I said about Bratislava the other day. After spending a day walking around and seeing the historical old city, I have to say that it is actually quite a pretty city, at least in that specific area. We spent the day visiting museums that ranged from free and boring, to expensive and boring, but the city’s historical museum was really interesting. It told the story of Bratislava’s history from prehistoric times until the near present. I say near, because for some reason they decided to wrap up their modern history with the end of WWII. I was waiting to see something about the Cold War era, but there was absolutely nothing. I was struck by the huge historical gap that the museum left open. In Berlin there was so much information I couldn’t process it all, but in Bratislava–nothing at all.
Yesterday morning we got up early to catch the 9:40 train from Bratislava to Budapest, but once we got there was no train at that time. The woman working reception at our hostel had told us that they run at different times each day, and the prices vary from day to day as well. I guess the train conductor decided to sleep in, because the next train wasn’t until half past noon. We camped out in the station and read our books, so it wasn’t so bad afterall. We once again managed to spend the last bits of our currency before we left for somewhere new. Kerry spent the last bit of hers on some gummy worms, but all I had left was half a crown, and I doubt the candy store lady would have cut a gummy bear in half for me.
We got into Budapest yesterday afternoon and found our hostel without any problems for once. It is really nice; we’re in a 12-bed dorm, but the bunks are sectioned off by wall dividers and curtains, so it’s almost like having a little private room. Almost, but not quite. I still had to use my earplugs.
We didn’t do much last night except cook some pasta at the hostel and then we ended up seeing a movie with one of the girls we met in the hostel. It was so cheap! We saw “Shall We Dance,” which wasn’t as bad as any of us thought it would be (it was the only English movie playing), for only about 2 dollars. The theater was beautiful as well; it was ornately decorated with gold and maroon on the ceilings and the seats were red velvet. It was nicer than any theater I’ve ever seen before.
Today, after breakfast, we started off by visiting a synagogue that is the largest in Europe, and the second largest in the world. It was really beautiful. We then went to see the church on Castle Hill, and we visited the labyrinths beneath the hill, which were super creepy and very muddy. I though I was going to have to go in by myself at first because Kerry and Kelly were a bit hesitant to spent 1,100 firants to get in, but I’m glad they did decide to come down–it was freaking spooky down there! There was this one part called the Cave of Bravery, where you go into this chamber and it is completely black. You have to hang on to a rope with your right hand that guides you around. It was fun, but definitely a bit unnerving at times!
After making a stop to sneak into a hotel and use their free bathroom facilities, we are now back in Pest, right around the corner from our hostel. We’re staying out of the bad weather at the moment. At least if it rains tomorrow it won’t affect us because we’re going caving tomorrow. Woohoo! It’s gonna be great! Then the next morning we plan on resting our tired bodies at one of the may Turkish baths around town, complete with a massage and pedicure (oh, do we ever need them).
Tags: Bratislava, Budapest, Hungary, Slovakia, Travel