My 2010 in Review

The time has come to wave good bye to year 2010 and welcome the new 2011 into our lives. This past year has been good to me. I met Karolina, I moved to Poland, I traveled a lot and even managed to make a buck or two. I’m grateful for having so many people in…

Palinka

I can’t leave Hungary without mentioning one last thing: Palinka. Shortly after arriving in Budapest, we were introduced to the Hungarian fire water. I wrote in an earlier post about “Nalewka” in Poland; mostly home made alcoholic concoction, very liqueur like, mostly based on some sort of a fruit. Palinka seems to be a Hungarian…

From Russia With Love

Well, more like a love-hate kind of a thing. While driving around the Balaton Lake we came across a field full of old military equipment. Most of it seemed to be old Russian stuff that used to bring fear and respect pretty much all over the world but is now slowly rusting away on such…

Lake Balaton, Hungary

With surface area of 367 square miles, Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe. Because Hungary is landlocked, it’s been often referred to us the Hungarian Sea by the locals. But to the three of us visiting the lakeā€¦ we’d just say that it was “ehh”. Maybe it’s the fact that I lived…

Danube Bend, Hungary

Our second day in Hungary was spent sightseeing the beautiful Hungarian countryside. One of the stops along the Dunabe Bend was the Esztergom Basilica. Interestingly enough, at 100 meters (328 feet) it just happens to be the tallest building in Hungary. It is also the 18th biggest church in the world. All this according to…

Budapest, Hungary

From Prague, we drove to Budapest. A city unified in 1873 from two (technically three) separate towns on either side of the river; Buda and Pest. The third is the variation between Buda and Old Buda. But for all intents and purposes, two cities on either river bank came together to form the modern day…