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Vienna to Budapest

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Today was a day that we have been especially looking forward to!!! We got up feeling better through a long nights rest, packed our bags and headed out in search of Hot Rod Tours Vienna. In Vienna you can register and drive pretty much anything on the road and this was the only reason we had come here... LITERALLY! According to the weather forecast which I had studied in depth yesterday we were due rain and thunderstorms at any moment but thankfully the weather looked pretty awesome so the tour would likely go ahead.
After following what we thought were the directions we eventually asked some locals and were told to head back the way we had come. With urgency now in our stride we walked the same ground we had just walked, past our street and arrived at the Hot Rods Tours office a couple of minutes late. We kitted up and headed down to the 5th floor of an underground car park where our hot rods were parked.
Having placed our ear pieces over our ear and round into it secret service style we donned our helmets and hopped into our carts. As the engines were cold we zoomed around the parking lot 2 times to warm up the engines and give us a feel of how to drive them and then headed up the all 5 levels round and round till we reached the boom which we ducked under and headed out onto the public road following our guide. Due to the noise of the engines we couldn't quite make out what we were being told by the guide and it wasn't that much better when we were stopped... But I really didn't care as it wasn't the sights I came to see! We were driving glorified go karts without seat belts at up to 63kph on public roads past cars, buses and trucks and it was SO MUCH FUN!!! People everywhere would stop and wave, take pictures etc which made us feel like celebs!

(It is a bit long winded as I havn't had a chance to edit it yet)
The tour lasted about 2 hours by which time we had seen most of the sights of Vienna so we headed back to the garage. With heavy hearts we fare welled these wonderful machines and went in search of some breakfast and got a salad and bun from a bakery as well as a chocolate muffin with soft nutellary goodness down the middle and what I thought was a chocolate croissant.. Boy was I disappointed when I found out it wasn't chocolate!!!

We went back to the apartment, collected our bags and Uber'd to the station which just so happened to be the west version of the station we wanted. We boarded a tram to transfer to the central HBF station and the further we went the more like the deep west Auckland it felt like! Exiting the train at the central station was a breath of fresh air! We shopped for a few minutes at the station before boarding our train headed for Budapest. The trip itself was reasonably uneventful and we arrived in good time at Budapest's main train station. Using the trains WiFi i called a Uber which we had no luck finding and eventually hailed a taxi who dropped us off at the door of our hostel.
We felt like we were in the ghetto and I asked the taxi driver to reconfirm. He hopped out and showed me the hostel name on the door. Worried we had made the wrong decision we crammed ourselves and our bags into the tiny lift and pressed the button for the secondo floor. Arriving at our hostel we were greeted by the most lovely lady, Andrea, who erased any feelings of woe we had and showed us to our private room which was cool as it was spit level.
After ditching our bags we headed out in search of a good dinner option. Wandering down a long alley across from our hostel we found an Italian restaurant called Bocanova Centro which we decided on. We went up to the second level as the outside was getting a bit cold. We ordered a garlic bread which, when it turned up, was different to anything I've ever seen or tried before. It was a stone baked garlic focaccia bread in a round dish with a really nice parmesan sauce, raw red onion and parsley and it was YUM! Louise had a carbonara and I had a dish called Spaghetti Boca Nova which was spicy and had smoked beef as well as an array of other ingredients. we washed this all down with a couple of glasses of Hungarian red wine each plus a sour cherry lemonade and it only came to approx $50 NZ.

Posted by loueeezo 21:49 Archived in Austria

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