Our European Odyssey

This blog covered our month-long trip to Eastern Europe -- specifically the countries of Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Locked Up in Budapest

Of all places for Andrea to be locked in a bathroom stall, it would have to happen in a Burger King in a foreign country. She went in to use the restroom and after taking care of the lack of toilet paper in the stall by finding some in her bag, couldn't get the door unlocked. She tried unsuccessfully for a few minutes but realized she would have to wait for someone else to come in the bathroom (an English speaker at that.) After a few minutes, a couple of people entered, and Andrea asked whether anyone spoke English. Someone said she did, and Andrea explained her predicament. The nice young woman went to get an employee, but before she returned, another helpful soul managed to unlock the door with a coin. By the time Andrea came outside, Jake was about ready to send in a search party.

That was probably the most exciting episode for the day. Today was a rather relaxing day because most stores in Budapest are closed on Sundays, and we had planned to do some shopping.

We were able to go to the House of Terror, a museum that documents the horrors of Nazi and Communist occupations of Hungary. The museum is located in the former headquarters of both the Hungarian Nazi and Communist parties and includes the torture chamber and gallows in the basement. It was a powerful exhibit.

For dinner, Grandma served us goulash and bread. It was very authentic and perfect for the rainy weather. Dessert was a dense, doughnut-like ball with a sour cream topping. We have never had anything like it.

Also, we forgot to add this the other day: A choir from the University of Missouri-Columbia is going to sing at Matthias Church in Budapest next Sunday. Talk about a small world!

Tomorrow, we head to Eger (known for its red wines) for the day, and then we will take an overnight train to Krakow, Poland. We aren't sure when we will post next, but we will when we get a chance.


At 7:40 PM, May 21, 2006, Anonymous Jake's Mother-in-law said...

I just got back from Zac's graduation and he is now officially out of high school. He had some new photos made so I got you one. Way to go Andrea--getting stuck in the toilet. Of course that is one of the things you will alway remember and will be fun to tell your children about . Enjoy your next journey.

Love you both and have a good week.

At 9:08 PM, May 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrea & Jake,
Andrea,you do find interesting ways to meet the local people. You and Jake should write a book after this trip.

I spent the day gardening. I finished 6 pots, planted flowers in various places in the yard, planted 4 tomatoes, one pepper, and six hills of watermelon. I loved every minute of it.

Tomorrow is my last day of school.

I look forward to hearing from you as you travel through Poland. Have fun and take care.


At 7:45 AM, May 22, 2006, Anonymous Josh said...

Ha, sounds great. I think it's awesome how you guys are really staying up with your blog.

Ashley and I just got back yesterday from a float trip in southern Missouri with high school friends. The river was running good, so it was pretty fun. We did flip over once, seconds after Sam Loyd and his girlfriend flipped on the exact same log. It felt a little like deja vu from a certain lake-draining incident...



At 9:34 PM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Nichole said...

So it takes a 3.944 to avoid getting stuck in a bathroom?


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