Daily Journal: Tuesday, 28 February 2017

It has been 8 months since I left Portland and started my post-retirement journey. On one hand it seems like it was yesterday, but when I think about all of the places I’ve visited, it seems like a lifetime. Sometimes its hard to remember that I did anything else but travel.

I was talking with a friend this evening how surprised I was at the ease of moving from place to place. Thought it would be harder to make all of the arrangements and land at a new location. Of course it gets easier as I get more experienced packing and unpacking. Funny how this is the new normal for me. As I tell people, so far I haven’t forgot where the toilet was in the middle of the night or which city I was in when I opened my eyes in the morning. January was the true test when I was in 8 different cities (London, Paris, Zurich, Zermatt, Milan, Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan – and I doubled back on the return trip and stayed in Milan and Luxor again).

I have another 12 days in Budapest before I leave for Hurghada and Athens. Glad the weather is improving and have more opportunities to visit the city during the day and in the evening.

This evening I went to a restaurant that was recommended to me. It worked out well since I was looking forward to having someone else cook for me tonight. Also, good to see the menus of some local restaurants. But so much food – couldn’t begin to eat half of what I was served. Guess my stomach isn’t a big as it used to be.

Tomorrow my Airbnb host will be here to clean. Which means I need to pre-clean before he arrives. When I return on 31 March to Budapest, I’ll be on the Buda side of the city. Just finalized the stay with the new hosts in Buda who gave me 3 free nights because I extended my stay with them. (Isn’t that nice!)

Tomorrow, Csabi returns to Budapest after visiting family for the past few days. I’d like to meet at a coffee shop Cafe Picard – a place I saw a few days ago during one of my walking journeys. (You’d have to be a Star Trek fan to understand the relevance of the name Picard.)

I’m looking forward to some bike riding weather. Maybe in the next few days when it may get up into the 60’s. So much easier to get around the city on a bike. At least riding on the Pest side of the city where it’s flat – not so much in hilly Buda.


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