so i found my mom safe and sound and alive and kicking in the bussle of budapest (pest side)! she made it with no problems which was a relief to me and im sure my dad back home. our apartment was fantastic and i would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting there EXCEPT for our hideous view - cranes, derelict buildings and chemical loos!
we did a quick tour of budapest and then headed off to heviz, on a thermal lake, meant to be stunning according to all the reviews.
however...so far...and i know this is a public blog and iv gotta be really careful bout what i say about countries and cultures...oh what the hell...ill be honest!!! bring on the bad comments from readers!! i am really not enjoying it in hungary. not at all. i find the people very brash, impatient and rude and english, which is not their fault at all, is really not spoken here. i mean nothing niks nada!! it is extremely difficult to get around outside of main cities where german would be the second language spoken here.
can i quickly tell you a quick story from today. soooo, i wanted to buy train tickets to rijeka, croatia, where we are headed tomorrow. i couldnt do it on the net and couldnt do it in the town where we were staying, so i caught a bus to the town that should sell the tickets. on the buses though, like many in the uk, there werent any signs or announcements or anything to tell me where i should get off. so i went to the driver and said "train station?" and he was like what??? so eventually after many attempts, i pulled an imaginary rope above my head and shouted "TOOT TOOT!!" and he was like aaahh!
got off and went to ticket office. no one spoke english and didnt try help. i was pointing to the places we needed to get to and the lady kept on waving her hands, shrugging her shoulders, shaking her head and speaking in a really loud voice and i was like "please please i need a ticket!". in the end, i gave up and didnt know what to do. went to a small information place and no one spoke english. so i wondered bout the town, with no map, trying to find a tourist info. when i finally got there, a lady spoke to me in broken english that the smaller train stations employ only one person who deals with all international tickets and who may speak english, and they only work every second day and when they arent there, you cant buy a ticket!!!! and there is a website, but it doesnt work!!! and i was like...what the bloody hell is this?????
so got the bus back and went to a different tourist office. and stayed there an hour while they tried to help me and made about 6 calls trying to get info. she got hold of one guy who said that there was someone in his office that could do international online tickets, but he had gone home so i was out of luck really!! what, i ask you, is that all about? in africa yes, in europe, i think not. but clearly i was expected more and i shouldnt have.
so my mom and i are going to the station tomorrow, only hoping that the one lady who can sell us tickets, isnt off sick or having her hair dyed!
we have both found people, not all but definitely most, to be very dismissive, impatient and rude. so we havent enjoyed it although it seems to be a pretty country. also, the thermal lake wasnt nice at all compared to the stunning one i went to in meersburg, germany. so that was the main reason for coming here, and my mom and i spent a whole twenty minutes in the water and we were out and said "at least we have done it!".
so if you thinking bout coming to hungary, either be fluent in german, or head only to budapest and bigger cities. and remember book our outbound ticket before you arrive cos things like internet and good service doesnt appear to be a popular thing here!
so we hope to be in croatia tomorrow night but it may not be a definite thing ... we will see ... keep your fingers crossed for us ok!
PS the place we are staying at though is stunning, we recommend it totally = hotel prestige!! that has been our redeeming factor here in heviz.