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Saturday, October 23, 2010

'Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane...

11:02 pm CET

Today is a national holiday here. It's the anniversary of the 1956 revolution against the Soviet communists, and though I didn't go downtown to see if anything was happening, all the buses and trams had little Hungarian flags on them in commemoration of the event. That said, Ada and I just barely avoided a crisis. The printer in the dorm doesn't seem to work, but I needed my boarding passes and she needed some bus pass for her trip to Rome, so we went on a desperate search adventure to find a copy store. But here's the catch: because of the holiday that we had (up till that moment) forgotten about, nearly everything was closed. We tried several copy shops and none of them were open, so we called Niki and asked her if she knew of any places to go. Once again, she came to our rescue (seriously, there's no way she's not a superhero in disguise) and told us of a place not far from Blaha Lujza tér. Fifteen minutes on the tram later, we got to Blaha and walked around looking for the place and when we found it (colour us surprised and relieved) it was open. Documents in hand, we returned home, got some lunch at the gyros place, and went back up to the room. Ada finished her packing for Rome and left. I'm the only one in my suite now since Yoana left a few days ago and Jane left yesterday. The peace and quiet are nice, but it gets kind of lonely after a few hours...

I won't be here alone for too much longer, though. I'm waking up at the crack of dawn to take practically every form of public transportation in order to make it over to the airport. Wanna know why? Yeah (you, my fine readers, already know, but humour me, please)?


I am incredibly excited. My flight leaves at nine and arrives in Dusseldorf around eleven, then I leave from there around one and land in Nice at three-ish. That is, assuming there aren't any problems with the French riots and whatnot. I'm fairly certain that it'll be fine; I'm not worried at all. I don't think I've been this excited in a while (probably not since first coming to Budapest); I have no idea what's in store for me, and that just adds to the excitement, I think. I'm going to explore a new city and maybe--if the weather's nice--spend a day lounging on a rocky Mediterranean beach...

All I know for sure is that my bags are packed and I'm ready to go. It's time to get this show on the road!

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