Travel: Venice

Water. Lots and lots of water.

Tourists. Lots and lots of tourists. I’ve been to a lot of major cities but never have I seen so many tourists in one place.

Good food of course, this being Italy. Expect to wait half an hour to get your order taken and up to 45 minutes to get the check and pay.

Venice hosts the Biennale, sometimes for art and sometimes for architecture. Each country participating sets up their own wacky pavilion with their stuff to show off. It’s a pretty fantastic experience. America’s art installation was a giant ball of modern so-called art.

 

Travel: Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s a fine place; good cheese, markets, art, bicycles, weed, idyllic empty parks.

Seems like it’d be a chill place to live, but quite pricey.

Hemp, Marijuana, and Hash Museum

First day there I nearly got run down by a dozen bicycles, not realizing you have to look both ways before crossing the sidewalk.

Rembrandt’s House

 

Travel: Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is one of my most favorite places of all. The architecture is some of the best in the world, there’s a mix of cultures from Austria-Hungary to Turks to Magyars. Everything I ate there was delicious. Great public transit. Turkish-style baths everywhere. Fun boat tour on the Danube river, separating Buda and Pest.

Good to visit as an American, too. At immigration most foreigners were being fingerprinted and questioned for long periods of time. When they saw my US passport they just waved me through.

Only real complaint is that all written words in Budapest are in Hungarian, a language I have absolutely zero chance of ever learning or understanding. It belongs to the Uralic family along with Finnish and Estonian, containing basically no relation to any other Greek, Latin, Romance, or Slavic tongues or words. Besides the unfortunate language it’s a great place.

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Parliament
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Parliament
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Buda

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Soviet war memorial
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Amazing architecture
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Opera house?
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One of my favorite restaurants – Cafe Kör
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Outside
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Inside: organ concert
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Sweet church
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Energy drink
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Man in airport approving of Budapest