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  1. AderynCoch

    Things that tick you off?

    Reminds me of an occasion a few months ago when the woman in front of me had a trolley-load of shopping and proceeded to spend a lifetime bagging them, meaning I had to wait to be served - PUT THEM BACK IN THE DAMN TROLLEY FIRST! Or just use the space to the side instead.
  2. AderynCoch

    Things that tick you off?

    Happened again today! Just one person in front of me, but it turned out he hadn't put all of his items on the conveyor belt and proceeded to empty half the shop on top of what was already there. The cashier even asked me to move my items back as much as possible to make room (I just about managed it). She then did the galavanting act with the very first item. Several moons later a receipt longer than the Bayeux Tapestry was finally issued and I got sorted out almost instantly. Had it been a busy time I'd probably still be waiting now.
  3. AderynCoch

    Budapest

    Forgot to mention the Hungarian Parliament on the Pest side. Looks grand both close up and from across the river.
  4. AderynCoch

    Budapest

    Regarding the language barrier, I've been there fairly recently and found that knowledge of English is actually quite high. I wouldn't go there expecting everyone to speak it, and learning some Hungarian will help (as well as being polite), but it shouldn't be a big concern. Budapest is a great city, probably my favourite major city in Europe. There is such a diverse array of attractions. The west bank (Buda) is where the castle is. The nearby Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion are well worth checking out too. It's quite hilly but there's a funicular railway leading up to the castle from Széchenyi Bridge. If you're into Roman ruins get the train north to Aquincum. The east bank (Pest) on the other hand is as flat as a pancake and largely features elegant boulevards. The Hungarian National Museum is here. Saint Stephen's Basilica is good to look at both inside and out (also take the stairs up to the roof if you can). You should also visit City Park (Városliget), home to the famous Széchenyi Baths (one of several in the city) and the less-famous but impressive Transylvanian mock-up of Vajdahunyad Castle. Finally, an unconventional attraction on the outskirts of the city is Memento Park, an open-air museum home to removed communist-era statues. The gift shop has communist music blasting out and sells all sorts of paraphernalia. Hope that is of some help.
  5. AderynCoch

    Things that tick you off?

    People at cash machines. Whoever's in front of you will always spend hours dithering away. A similar thing happens at supermarkets. You come to the checkout and there's only one person in front of you - but you invariably end up being stalled one way or another whether it's because the customer in front can't find their card, they can't decide which cigarettes to buy or the cashier has decided to go galavanting off somewhere for some reason (this last one happens in Slovakia all the time). L'enfer c'est les autres.
  6. Batteries gave way just as the storm was peaking! Started filming again on my smartphone but I need a new USB cable before I can upload it. The footage wasn't as good as I was expecting unfortunately. It didn't go as dark as I was hoping and the lightning didn't come out well. A really good storm in the flesh though, cooled the flat right down.
  7. Starting to kick off here big time. I'll upload the video if it comes out well
  8. It's heading my way. Good light show towards the west.
  9. Can't sleep here because I got woken up by all that. Looked out of my window to see the local TV mast get struck, It's dying down now though.
  10. 23C here today. Spring has finally sprung. Already seeing a few wasps about. Had quite a few hornets last year too.
  11. Snowing again today and struggling to get above zero. Should be the last of it though as it gradually gets warmer during the week. Had 15-20cm last year on 19th April so I'm not saying goodbye to winter just yet.
  12. Same here. That would actually beat the recent bitter cold spell in terms of maxima (the best we managed was -7C). It got up to 18C today. No word of a lie, there was almost a tropical feel in the air when it started belting down in the afternoon, such was the humidity. This is developing into a quite bonkers March. I wouldn't bet against it being 25C before the month is out.
  13. Just as the snow is nearly all gone the ECM throws up snowmageddon here on the 18-19th. Over 40mm of precipitation and all of it snow. Sure to change of course but let's see if the idea sticks.
  14. A thaw slowly taking place here. It's snowing again today but tomorrow is forecast to reach 10C and maybe 18C on Sunday. I've had snow on the ground since 7th February so it's been a decent latter part of winter (it had been very disappointing up to that point).
  15. ECM is now showing -20C here next week (still a way off though). This week it's basically temperatures close to zero with frequent snow. It's been a tame winter overall in Central Europe but it looks like it's going to go out with a bang.
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