Sarvar-Gadany 124kms

As I crawled out my tent this morning, at an unrealistic 5am, I nearly squashed this little creature


…and if you can’t see it clearly, it’s a baby frog….he hopped away eagerly making him very hard to photograph. It reminded me how long it is since I’ve seen frogs back in the UK……
But the night before, the only other occupants on the campsite were a German couple in this campervan


(shhh…it’s early morning and they are still in bed!). I went to introduce myself, and I was promptly invited to share a beer…..and I listened to their stories of their travelling escapades. In 18 years of retirement, they have put 300,000 kms on the clock, visited most states in the US, and all but three countries of Europe. If you look carefully at the back of the van, you will see a map of Europe, and the countries visited are all coloured in. They are truly people of the road.
As I ploughed my furrow across the vast wheat fields of southern Hungary, where no cattle is in evidence at all, I chanced by this stunning castle in Sumeg


…and this “cathedral” of modern architecture


Now you may be a Tesco fan (I am not…) but I cycled more than 1000kms through three countries where Lidl and Aldi are the leading supermarkets, and didn’t see a single British chain. Obviously Tesco saw some easy pickings here in Hungary.
And if the price of food be a guide to the cost of living, the price of this menu will give you a good idea
…just under £3. People are earning as little as 300-400 euros per month, and the minimum wage can be as little as 2 euros per hour. In terms of western European economies, we are talking about serious poverty.
And unlike the three previous countries, where I was reminded on every stretch of road with hundreds of election posters,

I haven’t seen a single poster for the European elections. They are in the EU, but did anyone vote yesterday, I wonder?
Tonight I have found an extraordinary place to pitch my tent

….but more of that in a future post.


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on May 23, 2014, in Kimbolton to Istanbul 4000kms: a crusader's route and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Voting for MEPs yesterday, but no local elections in our area. Media full of results of local elections where they were held, with UKIP upsetting the apple cart. Will have to wait til Sunday night for MEP results, when all other EU states close their polls. You’re well out of it Frank!

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