5 hours of sleep and here we go again.. Zzz… Hello Copenhagen!
The thing I love most about traveling is to experience something local that’s typical only for that particular country. A way of life that was unknown to me before.
Thermal Baths are very much part of the everyday life in Budapest. The baths look like cathedrals and many of them are built during the 16th century.
There should be a www-page for trip planners showing public holidays and other neccessary information for travellers. For example, when you plan your trip you would get information like: “All stores in Budapest will be closed this Saturday.” Or: “Midsummer in Helsinki is very special. You will be totally alone in the entire city.” Fortunately we did our shopping already yesterday.
Nice to get some sunshine and holiday in Budapest. Today we’ve explored Pest. Tomorrow we’ll head to Buda.
Before our trip one question hit me: is Hungary a part of EU? Feels weird not to know which countries are EU-countries and which are not. This concerns countries that do not have the euro, of course. My partner in crime, Lonely Planet, does not mention a single word about EU membership, which I find confusing. Well, Google tells me that Hungary entered the EU in 2004. Hmm.. I have some gaps to fill. ;)
I’ve spent two days in Copenhagen looking into the future. The future looks interesting but complex.
Romania was very interesting. Even if I’ve never been there before I can almost imagine how much the city has changed. According to our local guide, only two years ago the streets of the old town in the picture below were filled with cars and the buildings were empty. Now the area is totally car-free (a nice contrast to all other areas packed with cars) and some 200 restaurants and small shops have popped up!
Greetings from Romania. Here in Bucharest the car density rate is 1,3 cars per inhabitant (compare: 0,4 in Helsinki). The gas price is around 1,4 euros/liter, which is most expensive in Europe when considering the middle income of 600-700 euros a month.* How can they afford all these cars and all the driving?
Feels weird to skate next to the grass. But I appreciate that the City provides opportunities to do winter sports even though it’s not a real winter in Helsinki this year.