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Cheerful mood in Budapest

Those of you at home in Phoenix have probably been unsympathetic to my complaints about the weather, but I’ve experienced a bit of a break today. We’ll see how long it lasts.

This morning started out with the muggiest weather I’ve dealt with yet. After walking around for about 20 minutes, I’d already had enough. So I decided to enjoy the day the Budapest way: at the thermal baths. It turned out to be a great decision, or at least a lucky one. I spent a very relaxing three hours at the baths, and just as I was getting ready to leave, the sky opened up into a genuine downpour. The temperature dropped by probably 10 degrees, and the sky has remained overcast all afternoon. I’m enjoying a beer outside while it lasts.

The jury is out on Hungarian beer. I’ve only had two, and one was pretty awful. I’d say it was Beast awful. My hotel bar serves Amstel, an okay Dutch beer you’ve probably all heard of, which is a shame, but it’s a Western hotel chain catering mostly to a business clientele. The beer I’m drinking right now, called Dreher, is pretty good.

After a few days of feeling worn out, I’m in a cheerful mood today. I got a good night’s sleep, I did my laundry this morning, so my clothes all smell nice, and my skin looks great from all the sun I’ve been getting. I’m a little burned, but it’s a mild burn that’ll turn a nice tan in a day or two. I need to buy some sunscreen before I get to the coast.

I’m moving on tomorrow on an early morning train. I’ll arrive at my destination early afternoon, if all goes well. My plans are evolving. I’ll post details when I get there.

Curt Gilman
Curt Gilman