Well, we made it. We almost slept through dinner last night (“we can just nap for an hour or so. I’ll set the alarm”… 3 hours later… But made it out by 8pm to have dinner at Pesti Diszno on Nagymezö Utca. Burgers, chips, gin, wine, delirious chatter with Sally after 2 years (no time seems to have passed) and home by 10.30, horizontal and pretty much comatose by 11pm.
We slept with the balcony doors open all night to enjoy the breeze. I awoke at 4.45am to hear a very Australian accent shouting “oi! Oi c#^t! C#^t!” repeatedly… Budapest definitely has more tourists than two years ago. It seems some of them forgot their manners. Unfortunately it’s no longer an exotic sounding, “Eastern European”, far flung destination. It’s on every must-see list now like Prague was years ago. I’m glad I got to live here before that happened.
B and I enjoyed shopping at the supermarket yesterday when we first arrived (more a well-stocked convenience store here in the centre of town) — 45c AU for sparkling mineral water, “bear cheese” (see photos!), fresh bread, Berliner donuts with apricot jam, salami, coffee, Milka chocolate with hazelnuts (my absolute favourite here), trappista cheese. We went a bit crazy on the food as we were so delirious from travel; overtired, hungry and excited.
We are staying right opposite Sugar, a ridiculously colourful, diabetes-inducing wonderland of cakes, lollies, ice-cream and novelties. I’m pretty sure they stock Nerds lollies so I’ll have to pay them a visit later.
We are catching up with friends today and meeting their baby, which I’m pretty excited about. A trip to Vodafone and the Birkenstock shop await, then walking around day two of the festival in the street, and possibly going to have a look at the National Gallop event at Hösök Tere (Heroes Square) — horses in the city… That’s all I know…
More coffee required before I do anything else though!