i like the way slow travel feels. waking up whenever. reading, studying maps, rifling through some travel books. shuffling around. wandering over to the windows. good morning budapest.
i make a cup of frothy milky espresso to drink while i read. so lucky to have one of these in the apartment!
by late morning i have usually left the apartment in search of some small adventure in which to lose myself, a vague idea of where i'm going. on this vacation the gentleman i'm renting the apartment from has provided a booklet with some suggestions that are about my speed. no lines to stand in.
i have been charged with hanging the budapest flag tomorrow at dawn. the flag pole for the building is on this balcony. i am taking my assignment seriously. tomorrow is hungary's biggest national holiday (st. stephen's day) marking the founding of the kingdom of hungary. it also marks the end of summer. st. stephen was hungary's first king. there will be throngs of celebrating hungarians all over the city and massive fireworks over the danube at nightfall. st. stephens mummified holy right hand covered in jewels will be paraded through the streets. right on! there will be air shows over the danube. i will try to catch the fireworks and hopefully will not be swept away by the crowd.
the ceramic stove in the corner is an old heating element.
i arrive back at the apartment in the mid-afternoon for a cold shower and a nap. then more reading, travel journaling, blogging, balcony sitting, hungarian wine tasting. perhaps a snack!
i leave the apartment again after dark in search of grub. i feel perfectly safe walking around. if i see anyone approaching wearing loafers with white socks i cross to the other side of the street. this following a tip received long ago from a greek friend.
late at night i watch a little hungarian news. such a puzzling and fascinating language! i know not one single word, much to the chagrin of the lady working in the pharmacy today. with equal parts charades and a rough sketch i was able to secure some lactose intolerant tablets and bandaids.