This is a trip Dave and I took in January 2010, a little bit late I know, but here it is.
The day started early, very early. In the middle of the night Dave came running in to my room at campus with all his stuff for the trip. We got some few hours sleep before the alarm clock rang for a new day.
While I was getting ready, Dave made breakfast. After that we went of to the train station to get on the train from Swansea to Bristol Airport at 08:28. To get all the way we had to change at Bristol Parkway and then get a bus from Bristol Temple Meads to Bristol airport. Very confusing, but in the end we arrived at the airport two hour before the plain was leaving. We got on the plain and some couple hours later we arrived in Budapest.
It´s always strange to get of at a new country and realize that you don´t understand anything they say or write round you. We took out some money, 15 000 Forint that is 50 pounds. 100 Forin is 3 pens, so that is nice.
We took the train in to Budapest center. It was a little bit scary because the conductor spoke little english, so she kept on speaking hungarian to us, like we understood that. Apparently we had to big money, so she didn´t have enough money for change. So she talked to one of the other passengers and he helped us with change, very strange but nice at the same time. It´s always nice when people help each other even if you can understand what they are talking about. We didn´t know 100% were to get of and it was impossible to see any signs on half of the stations we drove past. So we just sat on to the last stop, that was the city center, were we were suppose to get of anyway. So that worked out well.
For a while we tried to find out were we was so we cud find the hotel. In the end we had to give that up, to many streets with strange names. So we did what all confused tourists do, we took a taxi. The driver was very nice, but his english was rubbish.
Finally we got to the hotel. The receptionist was very nice and the first one we met that was good in english. The hotel, Star city hotel, was very nice. I felt safe right away. The rooms was big and as every other hotel room. The roof was very high though, must cost a fortune to heat up. One thing I really don´t like is dubbed films and television. For my big disappointment, Hungary dub their television.
After we had moved in to the room we went out to get some food. The nice receptionist suggested a typical hungarian restaurant called “Basohjvar” that was 20 minutes down the road. So we went for that. After a while we got to a beautiful place with statues of all the old hungarian leaders. The place was big and very nice illuminated. I think its more beautiful in the night then the day. When we came round the corner we saw some light through some threes. It was in the opposite direction from where we were suppose to go, but we just wanted to see what it was. It was a restaurant called “Robinson”. It was located by the river. Up from the water round it steam was coming up, hiding the restaurant in mist. It was lighted up with many small lights. Inside the restaurant came calm romantic music. It was just perfect, just then we heard music from another place.
We decided to check it out. Over a hill we looked down at a charming little skating path by the water. I had already decided, I wanted to eat at Robinson not Basohjvar even if it felt like I was deceiving the receptionist. We did take a look at Basohjvar, but after Robinson it just didn´t work. So we went for Robinson, and what a place!
The food was beautiful and delicious. The staff was polite and nice. The price was not bad at all eater! And the mood in the whole place for just perfect. A perfect ending on a long day with traveling. If you ever come to Budapest, fin Robinson restaurant one night. You will not regret.