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Chris returns to forum just in time to reach for camera and post images on the web.....

 

Hope you are well Danny, or should I say neighbour.....

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Danny said:

Oooooh - you ejoyed that one FAR TOO MUCH, TA. spork

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Indeed I did Dannyboy!  monster

I'll try that again!

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Danny said:

I did have a notion of hiring a car and doing some driving to both Bulgaria and Latvia. But I forgot to pack my driving license so end of story. 

Yup Latvia also do that kind of thing too. Tut tut Danny, should have checked first cheers

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wave Oh Danny, you could have been royally looked after in either Latvia or Bulgaria!!!!!!!    big_laugh

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what_the_heckwhat_the_heck  Dick Emerys vicar reincarnated ?  runaway

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danast said:

wave Oh Danny, you could have been royally looked after in either Latvia or Bulgaria!!!!!!!    big_laugh

Steady on Danuta….royally looked after?  He'd have got the same treatment as the rest…rough but maybe that's how Danny would prefer it…eeekeeekrunawaybig_laugh

Who lives long sees much : The diary of my life in Bulgaria

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Hello Danny wave

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

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Hi all - enough of the wind-up stuff now. Pay attention at the back you pair - that's Toni and Elsa.

After being lovely and mild it snowed in Budapest yesterday and it is dry but freezing this evening (Fri). Today is a public holiday. I asked what for. "A failed revolution." Hungary does not have an Independence Day apparently, just tragic reminders. 

I have rented a room from a really lovely family of four, kids are 20 and 18 and all speak English. The idea was that 15 days in a hotel room or apartment on my own would be dead boring. and I am surely glad I made that choice. Today I was invited to join them for lunch of peppers stuffed with rice and turkey meat in a tomato sauce with paprika. Good Hungarian grub. It was lovely.

The best site I found for room rentals is wimdu.com in case you ever need something similar most anywhere in the world.

Got a haircut and saw the Danube in the snow yesterday and bought veggies in the huge vegetable market by the river. I will be back there several times. Today I spent a long time in the basilica. It was warm in there! I think it dates from around 1900 and is truly OTT with gold leaf but it works. Quite spectacular and a reflective space for sure. It was funny to see one guy raising his iPad to heaven, like a priest raising a vessel, to take a photo of the dome.

I have cut a deal with my dentist to build him a UK online presence to help get more business. I for one would heartily recommend him. So that pays for part of my trip and gives me an interesting project for the quieter moments.

Last night I tried one of the Irish Pubs. The Guinness was very good and twice the price of local brews - same price as UK. They had live music, a U2 tribute band who were good. The stag party guys from Leeds were bopping with the brave (or foolhardy) local lasses. I think I was the only Irish guy in the place. When I walked past this morning, the street door had been torn from its hinges. Obviously a great evening after I had left.

Hungary is in recession and I spoke today with two young people in their late 20s whose sole ambition is to emigrate to the UK. It's sad but a common story in many countries I guess.

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Hi Danny
It would be interesting to know, do they still see the uk as the land of milk and honey, so to speak. I know recession hit hungary is probably worse than recession hit uk for some things, but for many people life is not that great over here any more. Is it the welfare state bit, or do they really think they could make it over here? Just interested, no ranting going on.
I'm lucky to have good teeth that I've always looked after, but Mike's youngest, Dave has never taken care of his teeth since being an adult and while in Australia, he took a trip to Thailand to get some work done on his teeth. Same reasons as you Danny, costs.

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Hi Janet - I will ask around but I would guess that the answer is yes to the UK still being seen as the preferred destination.

St Patrick's Day will be marked here by a parade at lunchtime followed by a concert of music and dance. I think I may catch the end of the parade and skip the familiar cultural bit. Go straight to the Pub. Pick up lots of dosh en route as it may be a very long evening! they are showing Sunderland v Norwich and I hope to catch the second half.

Before that I cook lunch as a return favour for my host family. Roast chicken English style with all the trimmings and Danny's Special Roast Potatoes. Apparently Hungarians think their cuisine is the best in the world so this is a proper challenge. Roast chicken is a fairly safe bet I hope.

I watched the rugby in Jack Doyle's pub yesterday, joined by four from Reading. Seeing as both Irl and Eng lost, commiserations were easy and the craic was mighty, as they say. The Welsh gypsy who joined us almost got his head kicked in, though. Passions ran high at one point.

It's a beautiful morning. Sunny but still quite cold. Perfect for walking. It's my favourite time to explore a strange city, early on a bright Sunday morning. I am now quite comfortable to just walk and walk, get lost, and quickly find my bearings again. Budapest is what I consider a classic European city, up there with the likes of Paris, maybe without the veneer of sophistication albeit. I read a snippet in a good fortnightly tourist mag that it was voted the world's second most romantic city after Prague. A poll is just a poll but still an interesting observation.

I knew I was going native when I was swearing under my breath at the dawdling tourists in the fab veggie market yesterday, as I went to buy my ingredients for lunch. Most stallholders know just enough English to do business easily.

The apartment building I live in has an interesting history and was shot at by Soviet troops in 1956 when the locals opposed its use as a barracks. Frank Zappa frequented the coffee house at street level which is now renamed after him. I am thinking of starting a blog of my own to record my trip and photos etc. Still just a thought though. could run a compy to choose a name for it. On second thoughts . .doh

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wave Happy St Patrick's Day Danny.  Have fun.  Sounds like you are enjoying your trip ( well most of it anyway!!  big_laugh  )

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It's very interesting to hear about your your experiences and impressions of Budapest, do keep writing about it.

Happy Paddy's Day!  And have you seen Google Doodle today?  It's a hoot.

I'll try that again!

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Thanks, Danuta and Toni. St. Patrick's Day was . . well, this morning I had the most humongous hangover that I can ever remember. The craic was mighty, as they say. Met sooo many people from all over and everybody was out for a good time and a laugh. I got completely lost as I staggered home but eventually found a Metro station and my bearings.

Sunday lunch was a success despite one panicky moment when I realised that the oven was designed to cook only one dish and I had planned roast potatoes and veggies as well as the chicken. But we got around that problem and everybody had seconds or thirds, so the cook was well pleased. i_am_hungry 

The usual city tour bus was very good today. I am liking this city more and more. Tomorrow I travel the 50 km by train to my dentist for a test fitting of my new gnashers. Tired tonight so I am turning in early.

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wave Sounds as if you are having a great time Danny. Hope the new gnashers fit tomorrow !!  ok

 

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from Les Miserables

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ep said:

danast said:

wave Oh Danny, you could have been royally looked after in either Latvia or Bulgaria!!!!!!!    big_laugh

Steady on Danuta….royally looked after?  He'd have got the same treatment as the rest…rough but maybe that's how Danny would prefer it…eeekeeekrunawaybig_laugh

I'm not joining in this conversation, someone 'll be in trouble cheers

Next we'll here you're moving there permanently Danny you seem to be having so much fundoh

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