Sunday, March 30, 2014


We are on the train this Sunday morning, traveling from Budapest to Vienna.

I hope to be a temporary local - I am thinking about the wurst and a possible waltz, maybe near Stephansplatz, with my travel buddy.  The Viennese caf├ęs are, apparently, almost a cultural institution and I'm looking forward to lingering there, too, and contemplating all the great musicians that lived and composed here like Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms and Beethoven.

One of the treats about traveling in this area is that everyone pronounes our last name correctly - they get it!  German words always ignore the first of two complementary vowels - think Heidi or Budweiser, and of course Schteil!

Another recurring travel treat is to notice our commonalities and differences.  Fathers seem very involved with their children's care in Hungary.  Public restrooms - water closets - almost always cost a token or two (about a dollar) to use.  You must say "no gas" when ordering water, if indeed you want to avoid the carbonation.  

We are loving our RailEurope experience! They brought us complimentary cookies and magazines!  Seeing the countryside in such a relaxing environment is a real treat, too!  Hugs!

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