There were a few reasons...the forint was really cheap, so everything was super affordable back then, there were a couple of restaurants we enjoyed, the movies in the little "mall" were shown in English with Hungarian subtitles instead of dubbed (and they were crazy cheap)...and, there was the rodelbahn Bob to partake in..!
|Maria and Johann could never figure out why no one stopped in at their lovely restaurant...|
We went up to the cinema and found that all the movies are now in Hungarian! What?! Our guess is that the cost of dubbing has likely gone way down. So, since our Hungarian hasn't much improved since back in the day, we gave the movies a miss...
We stopped by the rodelbahn and it was closed for cleaning! Wait, would we completely strike out in Hungary? No, the lady at the front desk assured us the cleaning should take around half an hour, but no promises.
With time to kill, we decided to hit up one of our favourite spots, which was within walking distance, the Hubertus. The prices had gone up for sure, but they still had my most craved dish: garlic cream soup served in a bread bowl. Eric nearly ruined this one for me years ago (and again now) by comparing the texture to phlegm, but I am not deterred (well, I am mildly deterred, but super stubborn).
The soup was just as good (and phlegmy) as I remembered.
With that done, we headed back to Bob to rodelbahn ourselves silly. Still cheap and still super fun, we bought tickets for the kids to go three times and we went twice.
You ride the little sled up a pully, hauled through a sun-dappled Hungarian forest. Very nice.
When you reach the top, the downhill track starts (obviously). I thought the kids would take it easy on their first go...but they really didn't.
We were happy!
On our way back to Mattersburg, I dropped Finny and Lukey off with Eric at the gym for a U12 training session, while Molly and I headed back to Lisi and Manfred's with some contributions to the surprise party they were planning for Finny's birthday (the next day).
Plus, the evening was really, really fun. We felt so at home and it was such a treat to have a great evening with friends.
A huge thank you to the Ollrams and the Vickerys for making Finny's day so special and also for giving us such a great night!