“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 20)

May 7

~ THE LAST DAY

It’s over!  It’s done!  This is it!  It only took 6 months to blog a 3-week trip.  I guess I’m just slowing down my old age.  Hope you enjoyed the show?

[We left the hotel with Pam and Tom early in the morning just to say good-bye.  They were staying a bit longer, and at this time taking the train out to see tulips.  A bit later the Super and I would be taking a taxi to the airport.]

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[Good-bye!]

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[The long Minnesota good-bye!]

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[There’s their metro stop.]

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[Yeah, good-bye already!]

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[The metro map from our station.]

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[I have no idea where they were going . . . but I think they did, and that’s what’s important.]

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[Pam’s parting shot.  Good-bye!]

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[The Super and I went for a little neighborhood walk and saw a duck.  He didn’t speak English.]

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[We walked the canal path to the first crossover and then came back.  Pretty exciting!]

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[Back to the station just in time to see Tom and Pam board.  Good-bye!]

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[And before you know it, we were airborne.]

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[I’m not sure where we’re over here . . . but I can tell it’s land.]

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[We seem to be getting higher . . . and no, we did not buy any marijuana.]

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[Ahhh, the mighty Mississippi and Home Sweet Home.]

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Parting Shots

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[And thanks be again to our travel agent!]

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[We will feature here Pam’s overall trip photos, because on several of the occasions . . . I’m on the subject side of the camera!  Ha!  This will be a quick synopsis (OK, maybe not so quick) beginning with Budapest, our first dinner on the town.]

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[Then the day trip to Szentendre.]

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[We never met a wine cave that we didn’t like.]

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[When lost, follow the tracks!]

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[Then heading back to Budapest – with a sunburn!]

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[And a couple of days just roaming around “B” town.  May the art by with you.]

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[My lost watch was left right there, to my left, on the bench . . . ]

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[And just to the right of the Super.]

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[OMG, Kim Kardashian!!]

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[We’ve been framed!]

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[Stairway to heavenly.]

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[Eye on the prize . . . ]

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[Creeping down the alleyway.]

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[General milling around.]

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[“Budapest” . . . so our pursuit was successful!]

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[Came disguised as American tourists.]

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[On the boat, down the river . . . ]

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[Here’s lookin’ at you, kids!]

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[The professor and I share in the Medicare health plan doctrine that an older person should never pass up an opportunity to be goofy.]

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[Feed me!]

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[Appears to be Vienna but don’t hold me to it.  It was a long time ago.]

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[Always remove your camera over the top of your head . . . although occasionally I come close to losing an ear.]

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[Outside was too cold . . . we moved in.]

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[Oh, you silly boys!]

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[Oh, you silly girls!]

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[Vienna was the coldest day.]

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[This is all just so much fun!]

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[Little were aware that this gave me x-ray vision . . . ]

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[Time once again for brats, potato salad, sauerkraut und beer.  I love it!]

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[Leaving the bus for a walking tour of . . . well, I remember the place if not the name at the moment.]

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[Finally, an outdoor place to eat and drink . . .]

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[In Bamberg.]

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[Meanwhile back on the boat, no doubt discussing the relevance string theory in a world of cupcakes.]

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[We’re in a lock.  But they promised to release us when we got to the top.]

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[Synchronize your watches and be back here at the same time a week from Tuesday.]

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[Does your dog bark German?]

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[A tree hugger’s tree hugger.]

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[Little did we know it was a crime to hug a tree.]

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[Why yes, a burger and fries for lunch sounds great!]

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[In the absence of escalators . . . ]

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[Our destination induced bouts of acrophobia and claustrophobia.]

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[Brats, potato salad, sauerkraut, und beer . . . ]

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[The longer than we thought hike back to the boat.]

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[So, three Minnesota Democrats walk in to a bar . . . well, a wine bar . . . ]

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[Tom’s place of employment 46 years ago as a freshly-minted lieutenant.]

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[Front rows seats on a river cruise . . . hard to beat!]

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[ . . . and then the Hapsburg Empire collapsed.]

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[Mustard, please.]

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[All managed to escape the continent before Interpol intervened.]

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[Just me and my Mae West!]

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[Happy Birthday, Tom!  The Big Six Nine!]

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[All hail the Master Lock!]

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[Pretzels and beer!  Woo-woo!]

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[Brat and kraut!  Woo-woo!]

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[Until we meet again . . . ]

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[Watch out for the deer in the river!]

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[Amsterdam]

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[So, good-bye . . . from Budapest again?]

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When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.  ~  Susan Heller

And always remember . . .

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Up Next:  Winter sports season or . . .

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About tomobert63

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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1 Response to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 20)

  1. G. says:

    Loved your photos. Felt like I was on the trip with all of you. Seemed like the best time to travel there while it was still a bit cool. Probably less tourists too. G.

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