Spa day! A very welcome relief after another night on the town. We took the tubes for the first time which was an experience. Very noisy, very rattly and best of all Casio keyboard sounds at every stop synchronised with flashing red lights that confuse you into thinking there's a major emergency. A video was taken in case you'd like to join in the experience.
Fortunately we'd purchased our spa ticket from the hostel as when we arrived we discovered a massive queue. Straight to the front for us. We were issued with wristbands that automatically unlocked a cabin for each of us. The Turkish-era Szechenyi baths were lovely- the outside pool was 38'c so supremely relaxing with a bit of sunshine to boot. We met a couple of girls from San Fran called Alexa and Megan, another teacher (they go everywhere) and a retail buyer for GAP. The brave girls had spent a fortune on flights so they could travel around a brace of Greek islands followed by Croatia, Romania and of course Hungary. They'd been told not to speak when walking around Romanian streets as they'd very likely get mugged by default, lovely.
So- we moved inside to try out the pools at various temperatures from 16'c up to about 40'c. There was a long rounded pool which had some jets so you could jump in and be whisked around by the current and outside a jacuzzi surrounded by a circular 'jet' pool which was very popular especially with our Ben who spent many many minutes going around and around. We tried the 80-100'c sauna with impossibly hot floor tiles and I jumped in the cold pool afterwards. Superb.
We returned to the hostel to get changed and ventured out for a meal. Straight away yet again we found the ideal place, a classy little restaurant with some tasty looking dishes on the menu. I had some delectable mussels and the boys polished off equally enjoyable grub. Janet Jackson came on the radio and make no mistake from that point on Ben was in the mood. We mished it from the restaurant to find the larger of the Morrison's pubs having been to the smaller one the previous two nights. Town was absolutely full of young people drinking on the streets and in the squares. Morrison's No.1 was rammed, no 30p pints tonight sadly. Ben met some girls from Transylvania, one who described Dan as 'his face, you see, you laugh'.
Hungary, it's been good but we can't wait to get to Italy. We found it a bit non-descript here, not a patch on Poland and attitudes here seem to be a bit anti-English. People don't have a buzz like in Berlin. Having said that our hosts at the Bridge Hostel have been fantastic and the breakfasts have been very welcome.