We spent a long weekend in Balassagyarmat, Hungary, visiting our friends Peter, Krisztina, Bogi and Balasz. Peter and Bogi picked us up from the Budapest airport in our favourite Kiss-mobile.
We helped Peter finalize the website for his new kitesurfing school in Sri Lanka (http://www.surfpoint-srilanka.com
) and when the kids returned home from school, we went on a really cool semi-private tour at the local zoo.
The next day, we drove to Slovakia for a day of skiing. It’s been well over 6 years since we’d been out to the mountains for skiing/boarding, but we took it easy and had lots of fun (despite a little rain and fog).
On our way home, we stopped at a cozy restaurant near the Hungarian border for a really delicious meal, for less than 5 Euros.
On our last day, Peter’s dad invited us over to try some traditional Hungarian cuisine for lunch - bean soup and goulash made from stomach lining. We really enjoyed it, especially the bean soup!
Krisztina and Bogi drove us back to Budapest where we visited a few sites in Buda and Pest before saying good bye. We were sad, but hopefully we will see them in Sri Lanka this summer.
Before heading to our hotel for a short nap (before our early morning flight), we stopped to check out an eclectic and funky bar called Simple Kert, for a pint of cider.
During our visit, Dom went on a sausage shopping spree after discovering all kinds of delicious Hungarian sausage. We must have brought around 10 huge sausages back to London with us :)