“Travels to a Different Time” : 29May1975: Budapest, Hungary: Living and Eating Like a Royal: Love Those Hungarian Dumplings!

Finally a nice sunny late spring day. Did a little wash of clothes and hung them out on the balcony. Yes sir I have a balcony with a view of the city. A low budget Ritz-Carlton! Went out to purchase my supplies for breakfast and I ate like an aristocrat on my balcony. I did find milk but it wasn’t that good. I walked around Budapest for at least 4 hours and the more I see the more I like it. It reminds be of a crumbling Vienna. I stopped for an orange drink in a café and it was 50 cents. The cost of living here is about half of Vienna’s. The pollution is bad here with thick smog. I took the subway close to home which was a railway station and walked 10 minutes from there. I had a hot shower for 50 cents. I had a bottle of peas for a snack and read for a bit. Opened a beer and sat on my balcony watching life below. I walked to the self service nearby and had some sort of meat with Hungarian dumplings which are very tasty! The cutlery was the cheapest I have seen and you place your dishes on a flimsy aluminum tray. I wanted to go see a movie called “Sleuth” with Michael Caine but it had been dubbed in Hungarian so I decided not to see it. Home at 8:30 and off to bed after reading for an hour.

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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