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Saturday, February 7, 1998
Amsterdam, Netherlands to Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest, Hungary:
Latitude: 47° 28' 9" North
Longitude: 19° 1' 30" East
Altitude: -12 feet
From Seattle: 6538 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Backpack Guesthouse

Today's Travel:
Countries: Netherlands, Hungary
Regions: Holland, Budapest
Route: IC Train, KLM: Flight KL253, Airport Minibus
Path:Amsterdam, Netherlands - Budapest, Hungary
Linear:732 miles
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Parliment building Budapest, Hungary

Pest, Buda, and the Danube Budapest, Hungary

Ready for Caving Outside Ma'tya's Cave, Budapest, Hungary

Caving Ma'tya's Cave, Budapest, Hungary

Caving Ma'tya's Cave, Budapest, Hungary

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 303
Linear Dist: 93713
Countries Visited: 24
Regions Visited: 101
More stats...
Hotels: 50
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 35
Hostels: 93
Transit: 27
Beers: 1276

Journal Entry:
Got up eraly, caught the train to the airport, and caught my flight.

Landed in Budapest at around noon. Spent a couple hours getting to the hostel. After settling in and getting my bearings I was on my way out the door when the hostel manager mentioned that a bunch of people were going caving, about an hour later I was getting dirty again. The caving was great, clay caves, so lots of opertunities to get muddy and squeeze through nearly impassible wholes. There were 10 people, the guide and her cousin the only Hungarians, although everyone else was living in Hungary (well, one other hostel guest). The rest were Australian, Canadian, and I was the token American. Probably the highlight of the tour was the last half hour. Our guide had us take out one the batteries rendering our lights useless. We then spent the next half hour in an extreme team work exercise and found our way out of the cave on our hands and knees or stomaches in the pitch dark.

After the cave we had a beer together, and separated to clean up. We met up again at a restaurant (Fatâl) for a late diner a couple hours later. I had a spectacular Goulash and the meal was quite reasonable (less than $10 including drinks). A few bars, a club, and it was back to bed by 4am.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Budapest
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Hungary
CIA World Fact Book: Hungary

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