Posts Tagged ‘buda’

A Buddha gathering in Bombarral

His holiness, the Dalai Lama, was supposed to inaugurate the first Oriental garden (and one of the biggest ones in the world) in Portugal, Bombarral (Quinta dos Loridos), but unfortunately he didn’t. (don’t know why – lost his number).

Joe Berardo (a portuguese millionaire. ps – joe is not a portuguese name…he’s just stupid) bought all the statues that came from several countries in Asia just to built what he calls ‘The Garden of Peace’ for everyone to enjoy freely.

Well, at least that…

The garden is indeed amazing and the statues overwhelm you with their height. They are still finishing it but it already takes you around one hour to see it all.

A minor detail: it’s amazing the ammount of rubbish and statues already broken that you can find in a place called ‘The Garden of Peace’ that even didn’t open yet!!! Shame…

Totaly worth it guys!!

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Isten hozott to Hungary

Why do I keep on traveling when I’m short on money? I want a restaurant, not MacDonalds. I want cabs, souvenirs and nightclubs. 😦 Oh well, you can’t have it all. Either way, it’s still worth it even if you have to sleep on the street or don’t sleep at all (my case). 

We left Coventry on Friday at 1am and we got to Zurich at 8am (yes, we spent what felt like an eternity in London airport). We had 2 hours in Switzerland before the flight to Budapest so I and H. decided to take a look at Zurich. A very short one 😛 

I’m going to be honest here. Zurich has top notch cafes and restaurants! God, everything looked so delicious. And so expensive! (Why don’t they have Euro anyway?) Oh, and ate some sandwich with swiss cheese…:) Apart from that, from what I’ve seen in 2 hours, everything looked sooo clean. C’mon, a city has to have rubbish on the floor!! It looks unnatural! (2 points for the people of Switzerland!) Oh well…yes, it is great when you live in a clean city. As to the rest of the city it looked…weird. There were portuguese flags all over the place 😉 Although I didn’t like Zurich I believe there’s lots of beautiful things to see there…not particularly in Zurich but in other places, near the mountains perhaps. I’m definitely making a come back. 

At 2pm we arrived at Budapest (the airplane looked like my grandma’s car). My greatest fears started to come true. The language, the language, the language. ‘Do you speak English?’ – ‘No.’ – ‘French?’ – ‘No.’ – ‘Spanish?’ – ‘No. German’. German??? I have no clue! lol Yes, it was very difficult to find someone who speaks english but what the heck! There’s nothing better than gestures! And from that moment on ‘ok’ became a thumbs up 🙂 

As to Budapest it looked beautiful. The old monuments, building and bridges is what makes it a gorgeous city. A little bit too old and degraded perhaps. I still have mixed feelings about Budapest. When you’re walking down a beautiful street you can immediately realize there’s a horrible one next to it. The truth is that sometimes I felt like I was in those markets that you see in the Travel Channel. Warning! Do not enter metro3! Scary place! Budapest has beautiful places to see but it also has the most horrible ones! Buses from the year 2000 and buses from the year 1000 lol The parliament was my favorite! 🙂 It’s astonishing!

We then went to Miskolc for the Epica classical concert. A 3 hours concert is more than you usually expect so yes, it was great 🙂 Just a quick note for Simone Simons, the vocalist: ‘Jesus Mary and Joseph! 1st you’re fat; 2nd you don’t give a shit about the audience! Great music and voice though! 🙂

Enjoy the pics 🙂

P.S – I had (still have) some horrible back pain during the whole trip 😦

Pictures (from top to bottom): the parliament; Széchenyi chain bridge; dinner before the concert (it was heaven!); Simone Simons in concert. See more