Ah yes, ... leave Budapest in the morning and take the train to Bratislava. The train taken an hour earlier, so extended the residence time. Clever as you are the time immediately invested in a shady beer garden. Well, now I was sitting in a capital that has only been around for a few years. Bratislava, ... yes, the Romans and Mongols were rather here, ... but was actually for a few years the coronation, and capital of Hungary, far ahead of Budapest. So perhaps you will recognize in my journey the extent of the east-west axis of a country that should have lost 2/3 in one day in its history. From the beginning of the Carpathians to Wallachia. I can well imagine why the Hungarians are taking their line today in the still-pending conflicts in the ceded areas. But even the newer story is clearly noticeable. The separation of forced marriage between the Slovaks and the Czechs.
In the morning in Budapest, the sun shoots almost 30 degrees, short panties are announced. After nearly 2 weeks in the Ghimmestal and the manageable Groß-Wardein, with their deceleration factors, the big city bustle did not seem adequate for me today. If I did not already know Budapest halfway, I would have been tormented by the tarmac. We chose rural exodus. On yesterday's boat tour passing by, discovered a pretty suburban town called Szentendre. Also from our Austro-Hungarian short acquaintance this was praised with Viennese-Budapest accent "jo do müssnsz indefinitely". Said yes. Szentendre is less than 20 km from Budapest and is easily reached by the HÉV line 5. As a ticket one solves only one connection ticket for a converted Euro. Arrived one expects a small, schnuckellige city, in the baroque building style, which highly praised also with the Hungarians serves as a destination.
The fact that the monastery in Esztergom was not visited, was half as wild, because the 4-hour Danube ride back to Budapest was on the plan. Wonderful weather and not necessarily the ambition to represent his legs in the big city chaos invited for this. Even though it initially started feeling a little negative, because two days ago there was a shipwreck in Budapest, more like 20 people died. But what the hell, life goes on and the Danube continues to flow downhill. ...
So this trip, for the equivalent of no 10 EURo I can only recommend to anyone who is once in Budapest. ... Also got into an interview with an Ösi with his Hungarian wife, once again with politics. Both are convinced that "Mutti" is not necessarily good for our country, and that just so new-German nonsense either have no idea, or forget where they came from. Even the daily press should not only look at the German, but I say that myself for years. ...
Oh yes, ... early hectic big city bustle, not used to it anymore. So I decided to go to Budapest-Nyugati train station and to a suburban train for 2.40. Let's go to Esztergom. A border town to Slovakia, situated on the Danube. The bridge to the neighboring country was twice destroyed by the Germans, in the 1st and 2nd WK. Only after 1990, with EU funds rebuilt. (Why did not the Communists get it?) Esztergom, a small pretty town, although getting old, yet clean and worth seeing. A nice little dangling through the city and who does one meet there? A well-known people from Leipzig. How small is the world. The tour was then shortened, food was for a primary announced. What does the group do? Support the weakest link.😎 So in a then comfortable Csardas-Bude. The food was ok. The town is definitely worth a visit.
Oh yes, ... After 5 hours of train journey arrived in the current capital of Hungary. Regret drift, nice quarters and very friendly people where you could dine for dinner. The language is international, the Hungarians speak German and English besides Hungarian, the German German, English and three chunks Hungarian and the Hungarian children Hungarian and the German German and still both have fun together and can communicate with each other. (Everything legitimate). I am impressed by the people, the city and the country. And: "A turner is always" 🤗👋😎
Yes, what can I say ... After 9 days in Transylvania, Transylvania, it is time to say goodbye. Saying goodbye to a country from which I have collected completely new impressions, met many nice people, although I always had to drink with Palinka again. 🤗😚😊 So many drawer has closed, little idea how hard life can be here and still be satisfied with the smallest people. And above all the special cordiality and openness. Many talks about history, systems whose oppression is still felt today. People who know their roots, have their national pride and live. It may sound a bit paradoxical when I say: I feel completely over-eaten in Romania for more than a week. It is unfortunately so. 🤗
Goodbye, I'll be back for sure
Oh what can I say, ... Second day in Groß-Wardein, loaded for the evening after Biharszentjános. A small town just before the Hungarian border. Ischtwan, the Padrón of the house had its birthday. His 65.ter. Arrived in his house we were received very warmly. Fortunately, he spoke a good understandable English, so that I but about 78% had understood what he told in the evening. I said that although I do not speak perfect English, he apologized that he only speaks words white German (grandfather, ham, sausage, thank you, etc.), but that does not do anything, the world language is Palinka. In the second sentence he announced that he had 7 varieties of homemade Palinka and will start to taste it with us. Said done, Schwupps was the glass in his hand and also full immediately. Then he proudly presented his cold store filled with ham and other miscellaneous items. And already the second Palinka was poured.
A stroll through the city of Oradea, a city that in the Treaty of Trianon (1920) slammed the Kingdom of Romania, then in the 2nd WW briefly again Hungarian and 1944 was occupied again by Romania. Just like the whole of Transylvania. ... Groß-Wardein, a city that already seems to be a little cleaner and not as hectic as other Romanian cities. A leisurely stroll through the city with many houses in Baroque and Art Nouveau. Remnants of the Stalinist epoch, many "history-twisted" monuments, interior and inscriptions. Noteworthy are also the remains of the end of the 16th century developed pentagonal fort in the Vauban style, and even, old still in the original painted Dresden trams, which after "no longer operability" in Romania paragraph. The people I came in contact with are friendly and nice. (Most of them) 🤗😎👋
After almost 9 hours of comfortable train journey across Transylvania to the westernmost point in this time zone in Groß-Wardein arrived. It was a leisurely train ride, at a slow pace with a view of the country and on ailing long-distance traffic. I can only recommend 1st class. Let's see what awaits me here, I'm curious ... 😎🤗👋
Zum stressigen Alltag, gehört entschleunigte Freizeit.
Ist es wo schön, verweil ich auch gern an dem Ort.
Und, ... Getreu dem Motto des Herrn D. Lama:
"Besuche mindestens einmal im Jahr einen Ort, den Du noch nicht kennst."