Today was our last day in the city, and we made it count. We got up early (10 am), ate some fruit and nuts and hit the streets. First up was the St. Steven’s Basilica, which was lovely inside, and then we climbed to the top (have I mentioned my fear of heights?) and shot photos of the city below. It was overcast and drizzly today (sometimes full on rain), but that didn’t slow us down.
We next headed across the bridge to the Buda side of the city where we explored the palace grounds, saw a changing of the guard, and took in the marvelous views of the Pest side of the city (as you can see above). And then? Then we were starving and decided to eat. We found a fabulous authentic Hungarian dive that our hostess from the apartment suggested. I got the traditional goulash and Jamie got the chicken, and it was fantastic. If you want to see photos from this far in the day, they are up over here. But after that, I put the camera away.
Why? Because next we spent several hours in a Hungarian Bath House! It was… confusing to say the least upon arrival, but we got a cabin to change in, rented towels, and hit the baths. We tried four or five different temperature pools and three different saunas. Our favorite thing to do was to sit in a sauna until we thought we were going to die, and then go dip in the freezing cold pool. Man, that was phenomenal. I’m not sure it was the best experience of our trip, but I don’t think we’ll ever forget it either :).
But! Our day didn’t even end there! We went to dinner at a WONDERFUL restaurant we found exploring some neighborhoods last night (again, I got the goulash which was different than lunch, but still amazing). And then we hopped on the subway and went to the movies.
I know some of you might think that’s weird, but I’ve always wanted to see what going to the movies is like in other countries. Since Americans *make* most of the movies, I wondered if we had more fanfare (or less?) around them. So we went to see “Looper.” (We wanted to see Bourne, but we got to the theater 10 minutes after it started, and we weren’t sure if they did previews or not.)
Here’s what we learned about movies abroad:
• Go to ones that are “subtitled” because then you can just watch them in English, and you can learn things through the subititles. For instance, Hungarian has about 4 different words for “shit.”
• They don’t have butter or salt for their popcorn. And they get very confused when you ask about it.
• There is assigned seating.
• The first 15 feet in front of the screen is empty floor. They start the seats back where most people want to sit anyway.
• They do show previews, but they are often dubbed. We saw one for an upcoming Tom Hanks and Halle Barry movie that was the strangest thing ever. We still have no idea what that movie’s about. Wait, I just found it on the Internet. It’s called Cloud Atlas, and I just watched it in English, and I’m still confused. You can watch it here… and imagine it in Hungarian.
So that’s what I learned! Then we walked back and now we’re packing up (boo! hiss!) so we can leave early tomorrow morning for the airport. I will try to blog tomorrow, but I might just go to bed. We’ll see how our travel day goes.