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You can lose everything, but nobody will take away what you saw and what you experienced...

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May 15, 2019 12:00 AM Flying home...

Flying home... From Kalvin Square in Budapest where I stayed to the Budapest airport there is direct bus 100E for 900 Ft every 20 min. The stop is located not on the square, but in the Ulloi Street. Alternatively you can use subway and bus 200E. Both go to the Terminal 2 in the airport. Budapest is the important hub for wizzair so they are pretty well disorganized... They built a kind of giant tent outside of the terminal and there are 8 different gates to their planes. It was cold to wait there in the long line, imagine how it looks like in the winter. My flight to Stockholm Skavsta wad 30 minutes delayed. Furtunately in Skavsta I had 2 hours waiting for the connection to Gda?sk. Oho! Skavsta airport is giving you only 30 minutes of free internet - than you have to pay!
I landed in Gdansk on time - one more short but interesting journey is completed!

May 14, 2019 12:00 AM Budapest after years...

Budapest after years... From Budapest Kelenfold railway station subway train took me to the centre if the city - Kalvin Square. The ticket cost 350 forint - slightly more than an euro. Then I found my hostel, where I slept in the single room without window for 15 euro.
Budapest changed little. I crossed the Sabadszag bridge and climb the Gellert hill for the great panoramic view of the city and the river from the bottom of Liberty Monument. Then walk down and climb up again to the Royal Castle - new view. And on the next hi?l there is Fishermans Bastion with a bgrat view of the parliament. Some 52 years ago I was taking from here black and white pictures - still have them home... Memories... Nice Budapest...

May 13, 2019 12:00 AM Long live Hungarian Railways!

Long live Hungarian Railways! Hungarian Railways made me really happy. I discovered that they offer free countrywide transportation to the people 65+. Only if you choose the trains where all seats are subject of reservation you have to pay 550 ft (like 2 USD) to have your seat booked. So practically the seniors can travel end to end of Hungary for free! This is the first such a case I experienced travelling around the whole world...
Today in the morning I boarded the intercity train to Budapest. The 2nd class carriage has comfortable airplane chairs, is clean and offers free internet connection - fast enough to upload this text and few pictures.

May 12, 2019 12:00 AM Pecs in Hungary

Pecs in Hungary Pecs is the fifth biggest city in Hungary, the capital of Baranya County, it lies close to the Croatian border. I never been here before. It is surprisely nice with the two Ottoman mosques (one of them was converted to act a a church) and a huge cathedral. For the first time I had opportunity to see the cathedral with four towers. Of course there are more churches, nice theatre and other public buildings including synagogue, city hall and ornate county hall... On sunny Sunday people promenade along Kiraly street converted into pedestrian zone. I stay in the private, atmospheric Green Garden apartament in the silent street, close to the old town - well worth 20 euro I pay here for night. Tomorrow I plan to take a train to Budapest.

May 11, 2019 12:00 AM The castle and by train to Hungary

The castle and by train to Hungary Few people know that apart from the Roman monuments and the blue Adriatic just 15 kms from Split there is medieval Klis castle pictured in the " Game of the Throne" Bus 22 go there and I had a chance to see picturesque ruins. Just let you know that they charge 60 kuna entry fee - discounts for kids only...
But today was mainly the day on the road - first 5 hours by bus to Zagreb. Then a secret train which goes once a day (16.28) from Zagreb through Hungarian border. I disembarked this Budapest train on Hungarian border station Gyekenyes changing to the almost empty Pesc train (after border control). Welcome to Hungary!

May 10, 2019 12:00 AM Sunny day in Split

Sunny day in Split Thank you dear friends for keeping your fingers crossed! I experience lovely sun since the morning. OK, to avoid to pay the entrance fee in the cathedral I woke up early and went for the morning mass celebrated at 7.30 am. There were only some 15 people attending. The unusual interior is definitely worth to see. It was Roman Emperor's Mausoleum converted later into church..
The second must to see is the viewpoint on the Marjan hill. After some 15 minutes walk uphill you will reach the restaurant and little terrace. The view of the Old Split and the ferry docks is just amazing from there!
It is not the high tourist season yet, but the arrow streets of the Diocletian palace are crowded. I can imagine how does it look like in June... Famous Dicletian Palace is in fact jot a palace but little walled township with four gates in the walls. Sorry, they allowed to built in between also contemporary houses. But the city with little cathedral inside is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Lovely place!

May 09, 2019 12:00 AM 5 hours on the bus to Split

5 hours on the bus to Split It was raining today in the morning when I was walking to the central bus station in Zagreb. Flixbus departed on time, but because the heavy clouds and rain it was difficult to enjoy the landscapes. I saw few nice bays and at thd end of 5-hours trip there was great view of the coastzl town of Trogir from the mountain...
Approach to Split disappointed me - it is one more big town, grey and chaotic with high buildings built mostly in the socialist era. Oncee you will pass this quarters you will reach the old part of the city - UNESCO World Heritage site. It is much nicer and atmospheric... The poor bus station is located on the coastal street some 300 m from the famous Diocletian Palace. My apartment is only 200 away. "Apartment" has only one window - in the metal door and low celling (watch your head while pissing :) but the owner charge only 20 euro per night for this single. In the evening the rain stopped and the sun appeared. I hope that tomorrow the weather will be fine again!

May 08, 2019 12:00 AM Zagreb -the capital of Croatia

Zagreb -the capital of Croatia I have been to Croatia before, but not to Zagreb. After few hours of strolling around I can say it is definitely worth a stopover.... There are many ornate houses from Austrian period, huge cathedral and the old town on the hill with colour St Mark's church and great views. The market located a bit up from the main square is live, but apart from the local fruits they sell there imported lemons, oranges and bananas...
And the people... They probably work on the weekends because on the weekdays like today since the morning they sit at the cafe tables (they have plenty of street cafes) sipping coffee and water and talking, talking :)
I stay in the basic Miki hostel in the private room with shared bath paying 18 euro per night. The only window is in the roof, so no views at all, but for 2 nights it is OK

May 07, 2019 12:00 AM Lovely Klagenfurt

Lovely Klagenfurt Early wakeup to catch the 6.30 bus to Klagenfurt. 2 hours ride costs only 9 euro! And this is beautiful journey through the mountains with great views of snowy peaks, deep valleys. There are many tunnels and high viaducts... Klagenfurt - the capital of Carinthia province isn't big city. Nice alley with blossoming chestnuts took me to the main square New Square with the Dragon Fountain and old city hall. There are nice churches around and castle-like Landhouse. I was walking an hour along the old canal to the Worthersee - beautiful mountain lake.
Back in Graz I still had a time to see nice castle Eggenberg on the outskirts of the city (tram no.1 will take you there for 2,40 euro).
Than it was a time to take a long walk - about 1 hour to Webling Flix bus stop. Not easy to find! The bus was 30 min late - we crossed 2 borders - to Slovenia and to Croatia - yes, there are border controls! Wheh the bus reached Zagreb it was already 10 pm. I was was walking again like 3 kms to my Miki Hostel. ...

May 06, 2019 12:00 AM Via Vienna to Graz

Via Vienna to Graz I rely on the Gdansk transport system: buxs 158 took me to Wrzeszcz quarter and then 122 - to the Gdansk airport. Both buses were on time, but it is always a moment of emotion 1 minute before the scheduled departure - will it arrive? In the airport I went smoothly through the security control. At thr gate 15 they were already boarding - but only the people who paid for the priority - not me! My backpack was slightly bigger then 40x30x20 but I was keeping it on my back and the wizzair guys did not check it. Ok! The flight to Vienna was full. It took us 1 h 20 min to land on time in VIE. It took me some 15 min to follow the "bus" signs to the exit near the McDonald restaurant. My bus stop no 6 to Graz is just in front of the exit door. So everything goes well. The sky is cloudy but in a few minutes - at 4.10 pm I will board the flixbus to Graz!
The bus was nice - it had more space for legs than the plane. Sorry, wifi does not work! But the road was terrible at the beginning and end due to the traffic jams. We arrived to Graz delayed 40 minutes. I took 2kms walk through the old town to the station area. A&o hostel is very modern. A bed in the 6 hbeds dorm costs only 20 euro.

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