“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Revisited)

We are going to momentarily take you back to the glorious days of yesteryear, i.e., our trip’s beginnings in Budapest, to enjoy the photographic stylings of another member of our team, Pam Mathison.  Not only will it give you the opportunity to view our adventure through the ‘eye’ of another, but it gives me the opportunity to perform on the other side of the camera (mais oui bien sur!).  So, with somewhat further adieu, a much needed retrospective? . . .

[Our first night dining in Budapest.  We all went for the special.]

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[Our first day involved a train trip to Szentendre – and the open air ethnographic museum, Skanzen.]

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[Peeking in the windows of the inn (fogado) to see if anyone was there . . . ]

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[We were pinched for Peeping Tom-ism!]

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[Fortunately, Pam and Tom were able to bail us out. Here they’re raising the gates for our freedom!]

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[Whew, after that we need a pastry!  As I recall, I got a poppyseed – which may have given me a false positive drug test?]

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[Approaching buildings more gingerly now . . . ]

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[The Super eyeballs the windmill – the sun eyeballs the top of my head (yup, it was a sunburn day).]

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[Ahhh, shade!]

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[This looks like the prelude to a showdown in a spaghetti western?]

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[C’mon out, you cowards!]

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[Oh, it’s just a wine cave!]

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[I think I found the tracks back!]

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[Hi!  We’re on the train back to Budapest.  And the top of my head will be peeling by morning.]

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[And then a jump to Buda Castle and the Hungarian National Gallery.]

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[Here’s where the plot thickens . . . I lost my watch here, on that blue cushioned bench.  I took it off and put it next to my camera while we had lunch.  I only remembered the camera when we left . . . ]

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[What time should we all meet up back here to look for Tom’s watch?]

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[OMG . . . Kim Kardashian?]

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[These two people had so many military top secret clearances between them that if we would have discovered what they were up to, we would have all been disappeared!]

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[In the absence of a Stairmaster.]

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[Coming in for a landing at the Hungarian National Museum.]

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[Does anyone know where we are?]

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[Aha, this looks familiar – we’re heading back to the funicular.]

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[And now with our tour group at Heroes’ Square.]

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[Our first dinner together on the boat.]

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[Tom and I took all the “college prep” math courses together in high school.  Here we relive our discovery of the circle!]

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Thanks, Pam!!

Hungarian guys don’t say to one another, “That chick is a 10.”  They say “Az egy bombanő.” (That’s a bomb woman.)

Up Next:  Maybe Passau?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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