It seems I’m one of those guys that wants to see the world but by train or car if that would be possible. I love to travel but I just hate flying. Once more this was confirmed two weeks ago when I traveled to Budapest, Hungary.
We all have different taste, about different kinds of pleasure. And traveling supposed to bring lot of pleasure. For some that might be seeing all the important sites in the city, visit most famous places, clubs or restaurants; some admire the architecture and go to the museums, some relate to the tradition and local foods and drinks. Of course there are those who don’t relate to anything.
But does travel has any other purpose than giving our senses some new and fresh sort of pleasure? I guess it depends on the person. I find introspection everywhere. Simply I cannot help it. Whatever I see or whoever I meet I analyze how that place or person influenced me. Why I react the way I react or why I like or dislike something? I look for meaning in everything. Unfortunately as time goes by this can make you less carnal. The sensual pleasure is not important anymore and you want to experience something deeper to exchange something valuable.
Dennis Bergkamp knows how I feel
My friends as well as my girlfriend say I’ve became old. And I guess they are right. For instance, instead of being happy and trilled for leaving to Budapest, I was all stressed up. As I was about to enter the plane I was deeply disturbed. This unpleasant feeling was driven out from an unpleasant thought “Here in this plane I have no control over my life, if something happens I simply have to surrender and let it go”. You see I’ve been a fighter my whole life and at the moment I’m facing so many obstacles and challenges that I’m constantly struggling.
In the plane I’ve noticed how stressed I’m. Various bad thoughts had appeared on the surface. Again, I was thinking of death and my beloved ones. However, the flight was short and as soon as I landed my feet on the ground that cloud of dark thoughts disappeared.
The Labyrint (but not the movie)
I was ready to experience Budapest. It’s a 1000 years old city. As you walk on the streets you can notice history. The specific architecture is visible on every corner. And there is great city tour that takes you on every important site. But from everything I’ve seen I admire two spots – the Labyrinth of Buda Castle and the St. Stephen’s basilica.
The Labirintus is not an easy place to be. Its 15 meters below surface. It’s a hundreds of years old cave system that was later adapted and used as prison and military base. It is almost 1 km long in circle and it’s not a clear way but has many halls and rooms (small caves) and dead ends, so the prisoners at that time could not escape. There is a story that the most famous prisoner was Vlad Tepesh – known as Dracula.
St. Stephan I is considered to be the first king of Hungary. The cathedral that has his name is built in the second half of the 19-th century. It’s one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have been.
This city has much to offer. Great food and vine. Castles, galleries, museums, churches and cathedrals, and a ride on the big blue Danube. Although the English language is not strong side of Hungarian people in general, yet they are great hosts and you will be treated well (at least you’ll not be hungry or thirsty).
If you have a chance to visit you will not regret. But I’ll be more than satisfied if you can share your thoughts on traveling, how it affects you, what kind of traveler are you.