We spent the past weekend in Budapest, Hungary. It was my second trip there but the first for Glenn and Sidney so we spent most of our time re(exploring) the City's great sights. Thanks to Budapest's great public transportation system --in the form of a funicular, trams, trains, the underground subway, and a cog rail, we covered a lot of territory in a very short time. We were whisked to the top of the Castle District on the Budavari Siklo, a three carriage funicular that was unlike any other I've ever ridden. I had ridden the Budapest underground during my previous visit. Despite one schedule change that was only transmitted in Hungarian and resulted in my ending up in a part of the city I had not anticipated visiting, I loved their subway system. It was immaculately clean and efficient (even the high speed escalators that whisks passengers deep into the bowels of the city moved quickly). Most charming of all, the actual subway cars resembled something from decades ago yet were better maintained and more attractive than the new ones that grace most of America's public transportation systems. I have to admit that on my most recent visit, I was saddened to not be able to ride any of these old fashioned cars. Rather, it looked like we were riding in brand new subway cars that were just as efficient and well maintained. Coming from a land with no safe public transportation, the last thing I should have been doing was complaining about it being too new!
|The boys checking out a map at the train station|