I haven’t posted in almost a year! I don’t know why, it’s been a fun year with lots of trips and visits from family and friends.
Tel Aviv in April
The Cotswolds for a big 3 day hike across the English countryside ending with a surprise visit in Exeter,
Drunken party week in Sunny Beach with Kelly
Budapest for the Formula One race
Agata and Tyler came to visit…oh and, Arek and his family surprised Agata for a day.
Hung out with my long lost friend Marjo in Portugal
Mom spent a month with us
We also went on lots of mini trips around Bulgaria. In a couple weeks we are going to Morocco with long (enough time to explore) layovers in Germany and Brussels…also, we have tickets booked for Malta in January!
We stopped at a little town north of Budapest called Vac. The town is unbelievable, it’s right on the Danube river with a nice park and walkway, all houses and buildings are pretty and painted in vibrant colours, best of all, they have an outdoor Saturday market that sells langos as big as your head.
How do I begin? In 6 short days, my Hungarian family has shown my husband and I more hospitality than thought possible. We were heavily feed, guided on sight seeing tours, brought out for ice cream, taught to ride horses, supplied with electricity, showers, water for the car, laundry (carefully folded by my great aunt), fresh tomatoes and grapes picked from the garden daily, Internet, you name it, they got it for us.
I love them from the bottom of my heart and miss them already.
My wonderful cousin and his lovely girlfriend brought Matt and I to see the basilica. The ceilings are painted and gold leafed, simply stunning. The basilica also houses the dried up old hand of a famous saint which sits in a golden cage on display. Though I understand that the hand has great significance to the religious people of Budapest, I thought it was rather creepy.
Caution, creepy old hand cage plus painting of creepy old hand.
It feels like Matt and I have been visiting all the towns that Rick Steves has forgotten to mention. Balaton lake is a gem. The lake is huge, warm, shallow on the southern side and coloured so *blue/green that it is hard to tell sky from water. Why don’t more people know of this place?
Matt and I are moving to Europe for a wonderful adventure. We land in Frankfurt and continue on to Poland where we will get our affairs in order. We’re buying an old RV and traveling the continent, taking pictures, making wonderful meals with local food and drinking loads of cheap wine.