The cycling infrastructure network in Hungary is like the exchange rate relation between Euro and Forint – 0.0031. In short, very little provision for cyclists and if you decide to use the roads be careful. They are generally patched and pretty bumpy. Not too easy to navigate my ‘truck’ on it…
The ‘Haller Camping Budapest’ is an excellent location for pitching a tent. It is less than 4 KM away from the centre. The centre where thousands of people celebrated St. Stephen’s Day, remembering Stephen I, the first king of Hungary who was canonized on August 20th, 1083. It is a sort of Hungarian 4th of July, the nationwide state holiday. The food fest stands, the air show over the Danube and of course the fireworks draw tens of thousands of people to get the flavour of this incredibly festive atmosphere and take advantage of this ongoing heatwave (28C at 9 PM).
Budapest is my 17th capital! This comes with 8,998 KM in my, sometimes sore, legs. It is hard to believe how many places I cycled thru or how many strangers became my friends. One thing is for sure, this trip has been definitely experience of a lifetime. There are many guides and know-how about Budapest, so I won’t ‘feed’ you with the information you already know, but for those fitting more or less my demographic spectrum you should know that Eva Gabor and Harry Houdini were born in this great city… Also, the Hungarian capital was officially established in 1873 by uniting three cities; Pest, Buda and Óbuda.
Twisted story about a waiter
It was reported in the 4th of March, 1926 issue of the Est newspaper, that the waiter named Gyula Antal committed a suicide in the EMKE café without leaving any suicidal note behind. Instead, he left the crypted crossword-puzzle, which unfortunately was never solved… 😎. Who says the travelling is not educational 😀?!
This morning, on my forth and the last day in the Hungarian capital, I met with Erika and Greg at the Anna Café. Erika, born-Hungarian living and working for the same company I do in Vancouver, started the holidays here. It was so surreal to meet her outside of the office in her motherland. We all had delightful brekky and caught on all the Vancouver rumours. Thank you guys for a treat and please enjoy your holidays. See you back in Vancouver one day 🙂