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Ukraine trip - Day 18 - Hungary


My Location: N 48.11886°, E 21.41932°

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=loc:48.11886%2C21.41932

We got out of Ukraine and into Hungary in about 1 hour and 20 mins of questions, form-filling and searches. Both Ukrainian and Hungarian border staff were pleasant enough but the whole thing is a relief when it's over.

The difference between the culture and infrastructure is massive. Within only a couple of miles you move forward about half a century. From a bloke with an incredible ability to push a quarter of a ton of sticks on his bike over broken roads to a time where everything is clean, well maintained and very, very sanitised.

We had only been in Hungary an hour or so when we were approached by a woman with perfect English who was awaiting a group of international foodies as part of her work to encourage the benefits of eco-tourism here. She loved the fact we were drawn to Hungary for the wildlife and immediately invited us to join her for a gourmet evening with her delegates. We politely declined and though she would have preferred us to accept she urged us to keep returning to her country.

We've encountered this hospitality a few times here now. Many Hungarians are, it seems, genuinely delighted we visit.

Camped near a river close to a pretty town and have seen a few unusually coloured frogs and hundreds of dragonflies.

Truck transmission fix holding up so far and truck generally performing well with no unpleasant surprises.

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