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The people of Budapest

30 December 2007

Last one, I promise. And, then we can move on to Bratislava :)

Somewhere along their journey, TWBR boys ran into another group of passionate travelers. This other group, known at Trabant Trek, was making a journey from Germany to Cambodia by car to raise awareness (and money) for charities whose aim it is to help the incredibly large number of street children around the world.

Catch is, this group was driving in 3 plastic, Soviet-era cars known as Trabants.

Oh, and these cars were deemed “The World’s Worst Car” by the London Times.

I believe their goal was to make this road trip in about 3-4 months. But, as it turned out, the cars weren’t as reliable as hoped and the several mishaps, breakdowns, stalls, and more, caused the expedition to exceed its initial time frame by a few months…in fact, they are currently in Laos- so close to their destination, yet so far.

(And, if you think your cars are bad, PLEASE just read this blog. It is too funny and may put things into perspective of how bad a car can be!)

One of the ladies on this journey was Zsofi. She had made it all the way to China with this group, but had to return to Hungary for finals (what a bummer!). However, at 21 years of age, she has taken part in one great adventure!

Starting in Germany and traveling through Eastern Europe to Armenia and Azerbaijan then through the ‘Stans’ (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan) to Russia, Mongolia and China!

All in a matter of months. As one of two girls with a group of boys. In some crap cars. For a worthy cause.

More of us should get out and do things like this.

Of course, since she was in Hungary at the time we were, we met up with Zsofi and she was kind enough to introduce us to her friends and show us around town a bit. She accompanied us to the thermal baths, took us to Buda Castle, and introduced us to a bar that quickly became a favorite that we frequented 3 of the 5 nights we were there.

I am stoked to have made some friends in Hungary. I hope to go back and see Zsofi and her good friend Anna at some point soon. They have an eclectic group of friends that have also done an extensive share of traveling and seeing the world that, for me, is absolutely contagious. I can’t get enough of the stories or adventures that entice me to do more traveling of my own.

And, hopefully, by reading about TWBR or Trabant Trek, people realize that there is so much in this world to see and experience. And, that if you truly have the passion to do it, you can in just about any way you can think if.

So, what are you waiting for?!

Zsofi and her sister, Reka. Tamas and Anna. At our hangout, Zsimpla.
We met this guy who played for the Hungarian orchestra. He was a bit inebriated and played us a ditty on his clarinet. He was quite good.
These ladies were fantastic! They were dancing like it was nobody’s business. But, please, please, check out the Euro fashion. It was too much. And, I didn’t even get her electric blue socks in the picture!
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  1. 15 January 2008 12:50 am

    Great blog, i’m one of the guys from Trabant Trek: thanks for the kind words- much appreciated.

    Pleased Zsofi looked after you, she’s a great girl and we all really miss her.

    It’s weird now the trip’s over- not quite sure what to do with ourselves. But we are in paradise, so i’m sure we’ll think of something.


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