“Travels to a Different Time” : 28May1975: Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary to the Land of Goulash and of Revolution Against the Soviet Empire!

Up bright eyed and bushy tailed and on the road at 07:30. My knapsack is bursting. Two trams took me close to the highway so I had a half a kilometre walk. Getting rid of my last Austrian coins a beer at 09:00. I really lucked in with a businessman going all the way to Budapest in a big BMV. Pleasant countryside similar to Romania. Through the border in 20 minutes. A very beautiful city although far from the grandeur of Vienna. Buda is one side of the river and Pest on the other. I ended up finding a room for $4.50 in an old bourgeois mansion. The communist booted out the owners and converted it into housing for multiple families. It is a beautiful old district here! I have a spectacular view of the city below. There was even a hot water shower. I went to a store called Elelmzer for a big salami sandwich which I ate in a nearby park. The prices for food seem very low like Romania as I look at the menu of a nearby restaurant where the most expensive dish was $1.25. I was no fan of Serbian Goulash hopefully Hungarian is better. After my lunch I walked around for a few hours giving some thought to the bravery of the Hungarians in the 1956 revolution against the Russians. I bought some bread and sliced meat for a dinner with a can of beer.  Out like a light at 20:00.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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