You know that one movie with Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel? I'm watching it right now, I think in German, in a small town in Hungary.
Well, I'm watching it as I write. When I post this I'll be at the train station where I can get wifi. My hostel has it, but it's ... struggling. I'm pretty sure I'm the only one here too.
Hungary, the land of the Toths, has thus far been a wee bit underwhelming. It started at the Budapest train station where I had a layover. I've seen a lot of train stations in the past few weeks, but this one this was the first time I'd felt -- not unsafe, exactly, but not quite safe either. I noticed the difference between former communist and never communist that I'd looked for but never seen in Berlin.
Then I learned, sitting on the old train, that only half of this train was going to my destination, and I was in the wrong half. I needed to move two cars up. I moved four, just to be safe. Then I sat back and ticked off all the stops until mine. Everything was good.
Except in moving cars, I only counted compartments, not actually cars. I discovered this when, 10 minutes away from my stop, I heard weird sounds, like train cars disconnecting. I got out just in time to discover I was four rows short of my train to Keszthely, and it was pulling away. And in the middle of nowhere with barely even a train station. Hungary isn't the most confidence-inspiring place to be lost. I sat on the bench by the only track that seemed to get any use and considered a cryfest.
But another train came, a few false starts and I'm on my way to the hostel. I even found an ATM. I'm an hour later than I emailed them I would be. And when I got there, it was dark. Closed. I knew they didn't have an open reception during the off season, but I wasn't that late. Then I found a note with my name on it. They were expecting me at 3, the time I'd originally guessed. I had a problem.
I'd just pulled out my phone to make a very expensive phone call when two women and a boy walked up. They worked for the hostel. Just at that moment, I loved Hungary.
And tomorrow, I'm very hopeful I'm going to love it more. And that there will be cheese.