|Budapest: Buda on the left, Pest on the right|
|Budapest Parlament (it really is spelled that way) from across the Danube River|
I love Goulash soup. I had it for the first time during a long weekend trip to Vienna in the summer of 2009 and I couldn't get enough...the spicy paprika, the potatoes, the tender beef. Something so simple, yet so tasty. Goulash -- as common as it is in a Vienna cafe -- is even more of a staple in Budapest (it has Hungarian origins!) so I was looking forward to some bona fide Hungarian Goulash Soup. I wasn't disappointed...
The Budapest half-marathon was scheduled for Sunday morning and like most races, runners could pick up their numbers and race packets the day before. I knew that whatever Expo they put together would pale in comparison to, say, the Virginia Beach Rock 'n Roll half-marathon Expo, but I'm not sure I was prepared for this:
As with more or less all of our trips, we wandered aimlessly. And took photos.
|"Why don't you just bring the entire pot out to the table?"|
|"The energy, the crowd...so intoxicating!"|
|"Do you think they'll sell out of socks?"|
|Looking toward Buda from St. Stephen's Basilica (in Pest)|
|Atop St. Stephen's Basilica|
|A bridge connecting Buda and Pest|
|Parlament lit up|
|Overlooking Pest from Buda's Castle Hill|