Dawn arranged for my van this morning, which picked me up directly from her house. It was just me and one other passenger for awhile, but we picked up a bunch of people in the city of Arad. I got lazy about trying to speak Romanian, so I was just the silent American in the back of the van. I tried to stay awake til the border...but did not succeed. The others in the van woke me up to ask for my passport. I was amazed that I just had to pass my passport up, the driver handed it to the agent, and nobody ever looked at my face to see if it matched!
|How can a new city be intimidating when some of the first|
words you see are "coffee to go" and some of the first people
you see are cute little kids holding hands?
I'm staying right on the main pedestrian street here, Vaci Utca. So I got off the bus a few blocks down and walked back through there. I ate at a delicious Italian place for dinner, and treated myself to gelato afterward - I don't think I've bought any ice cream this whole trip! It was less than a dollar for this little cup, and it was well worth it.
Tomorrow, I have huge plans for seeing as much of the city as I can...and I'm also preparing myself that those plans might be a little over-ambitious. Really, I'll be satisfied with whatever I can see, and am thankful for God's provision in things big and small to allow me to be here. Tonight is my first night alone this whole trip...and I still feel far from alone. I've been so well cared for these last couple weeks, it truly blows me away.
First on tomorrow's agenda - starting the morning at a coffee shop! I learned today that Hungarians are known for their love of coffee and bookshops... I think we will get along quite nicely.
|I mix all the bridges up, so I can't remember which one this is. |
But they're all pretty amazing.
|Vaci Utca bustling with evening crowds.|
I get to live here for 2 days!
|Not sure if this statue has any significance,|
but I liked having him in the foreground
for a sunset-over-Buda picture :-)