Like many of the cities I've visited recently, you have to look to the historic center to appreciate Zagreb. Apart from the center, it's a concrete, Communist-era shit-hole.
A half-liter of Amstel in the hotel bar is 900 forint, which is a little more than $4. And the hotel tacks on a ten percent service charge. The half-liter beer I'm drinking now is 300 forint, with no service charge. You do the math. I'm about 100 feet from the hotel door. I wish I knew about this place two days ago.
Those of you at home in Phoenix have probably been unsympathetic to my complaints about the weather, but I've experienced a bit of a break today. We'll see how long it lasts. This morning started out with the muggiest weather I've dealt with yet. After walking around for about 20 minutes, I'd already had enough.… Continue reading Cheerful mood in Budapest
After getting about 20 hours of sleep yesterday and last night, I finally did some sightseeing here in Budapest today. I took a bus tour with a guide, seeing the St. Stephens Basilica and the Parliament building, among other things. There's a lot of symbolism expressed with the architecture, so you hear the same numbers… Continue reading Budapest
After another two border crossings, both of which featured rather impolite policemen who threw the doors open in the middle of the night, I arrived in Budapest this morning. After several nights of rather uncomfortable accommodations, I had decided to splurge, so I booked ahead and had a four-star Western hotel waiting for me when… Continue reading Splurge in Budapest
In my recent posts, I've hinted I'm doing some traveling this summer. I won't leave you in the dark any longer. In the next couple weeks, I'm leaving for a month-and-a-half-long backpacking trip through Europe. Yes, Europe again. Yes, I have the bug, and I have it bad. On my way to Europe, I'm spending… Continue reading Preparing for my summer fun in Europe