Thru couchsurfing, I met this nice & wonderful person who took me around and to the nice places to eat. Near Mammot there is this nice cafe bar called “Fore Play”. The interiors look very pleasing with a good color combination. Espresso is somehow my favorite coffee drunk in typical Italian style.
Yesterday night there was also a group of student who did some acrobatic stunts. Wow, they could bend their body like a piece of elastic.
Also, in the center you got lot of choices for eating. One can choose from McDonalds, Burger King, Turkish restaurants, Hungarian restaurants. The best part is all of them in these places speak English, more so because of the tourist crowd.
Morning from the station close to the apartment where I stay I take the train to reach office. I enquired with two people got the direction right but not the part on ticket. There was no conductor inside the train so travelled one station without ticket. I got down at Arpad Hid and finally got a ticket for the next two stations. Not sure what would have happened if I had travelled the entire distance without a ticket since there were no ticket checkers.
After getting down I troubled a shop guy who took the pain of asking a taxi driver on how to reach the Park where the office is located. After that it was pretty easy I had to just walk down.
Later in the evening after office hours with colleagues of mine we went to the Castle a walk up and walk down. Castle is not quite as big as Palace’s in India. Then we went to restaurant Mexicanos in the shopping mall Mammots. Food was very nice. Its not difficult to eat everything after having been to Germany so many times before. After all one eats to survive so anything that doesnt go out of the plate eat it to survive and if it goes out of plate catch it cook it & put it back!!
As planned I got up by 6:00am and went down to the river 30mins later. There wasnt space to take a long walk on this side of the river so sat down on the steps and watched the river flow as it touched the steps and passed up. Sometime later quite strange the water level increased and the flow was heavy. I had a feeling that there was some discharge into the river at this point. Otherwise I could see no reason how the water level suddenly rose.
Afte spending about an hr I walked to the same shop bought some stuff for my breakfast and went off to sleep. I wanted to get up by 10:00 to make a phone call but then sleep took over with the tiredness and I finally managed to get up by 12:00pm. It was pretty sunny tho not hot and sultry. I made the phone calls and after bath went for having my lunch with the usual customaries. Bus No.6 from here goes to West End City Center, the stop name is Nyugati Palyaudvar. This is funny,, I got into the bus but here unlike in Germany the driver does not issue ticket. There were no ticket booths either inside the bus nor in the stop. So, I travelled without a ticket!!
(Reminds of Chennai)
West End City Center is a huge shopping area but should be less than Spencer Plaza in Chennai. There are also shops in the subway much akin to what one sees in Pondy Bazar of Burma Bazar in Chennai. Depending on your budget you can get goods from either place!! After about 3hrs of window shopping I finally decided that it was time to head back and took the bus no. 6. This time I took a ticket and it costs 230ft (Hungarian Currency). Getting slightly familiar with the locality I was able to identify where to get down. After getting down I again went back to the river to spend the next 1hr. I finished my dinner and back to apartment and now time to get some sleep. Morrow I hope there would be a conductor in the train and hopefully no ticketless travel.
Landing in Budapest few hours back am looking forward to how the night looks like. I have a big spacious apartment all for myself.
Quite surprising, during travel lot of Indians did not know Budapest is capital of Hungary nor that Hungary is in Europe” So muc for knowledge.