Prague. Don’t you just love that word? It sounds romantic and mysterious. It brings to mind blockbuster movies I have seen in the past with Tom Cruise and Vin Diesel amongst mysterious locations with intriguing people. What was I expecting? Nothing. What was I hoping for? Beauty and history. What did I get? Read on.
Colorful houses lined in a row along the seaside: red, blue, yellow and orange. Terracotta tiled roofs with windows looking down on the harbor. The smell of salt water and fish linger in the air. Fishermen work the nets and monarchs reign. Is this your view of Copenhagen? Some would argue that there is nothing new to see in the capital of Denmark but those that visit and live there tell a different story. They tell of a cultured city of over half a million living amongst history and progress. They will tell you about the number of Michelin Starred restaurants, parks, and museums of modern and French art, theater and architecture. It is cosmopolitan and inclusive.
Backpacking and camping essentials will look quite different from a trip where a rental car and hotels are included. Ask ten random people what a list of necessities would include and you may get ten inventories where only a few items would match. I would wager socks would be on everyone’s list but then again, some folks wear sandals in the winter. For the moment, let’s suppose we are traveling on an overnight bus with subsequent hotel accommodation. This trip will last a few days but you must be on the bus through the dark to and from in order to make the most of your daytime hours. Let us suppose…
Budapest. Don’t you just love that word. It sounds like farmers and kings, babushkas and colorful clothing. Images of rounded towers and rolling hills with exotic people and food laced with paprika. I knew next to nothing about this city and wanted to see and feel it. Wrap my arms around the culture and get to know the streets. Oh, was I in for a treat.