Money is the root of all travel.

So this morning I am going to be with a group doing presentations near Lake Balaton, at the Csobanc castle.  (Google maps, look up Tapolc, then Gyulakeszi).  And there was no 8:20 train as I had been promised by the happy printout, but rather one at 10:15.  What to do?

Read Jenő Rejtő, of course.  Not “Dirty Fred, the Captain,” because I don’t have that one, but rather Quarantine at the Grand Hotel.  With a cappucino.  Then wander around to find an internet café so that I can make this post and write emails…

So in an hour I will be off on the fast train to Tapolc, where the weather will be a much more comfortable 95-98 degrees, and ridiculously humid.  I will be very difficult to reach, as my schedule is as follows:ű

Fri-Sun:  Sweat like a pig and lose weight in the sun as a fully-armored man-at-arms in the summer sun for the entertainment of children, etc.

Mon:  In Budapest

Tues:  Off to Transylvania, by which time hopefully the rain will have broken over the mountain ranges, and I won’t have to drive in 42-degree weather.  (Celsius… that’s something like 105 or the equivalent, if I remember correctly.)

So there you have it…

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  1. Alex

     /  July 20, 2007

    42 C is 107.6 deg F.
    Damn..that is hot.

  2. The heat wave in Central and Eastern Europe even made the news:

  3. Happycrow

     /  July 22, 2007

    Could be worse. I have seen it hit 116 in Dallas, and Mike’s been through worse than that… a/c, or even just fans, would be nice, though. For some reason Hungarians don’t seem to use them much (I’ve seen TWO while I’ve been here), even though everybody knows that summers get hot…

  4. Mike

     /  July 22, 2007

    Maybe they have that Japanese mentality for winters. “Why don’t you guys have better heating now that everything in more modern? It’s winter, it’s supposed to be cold”.

  5. Alex

     /  July 22, 2007

    Most of Western Europe doesn’t have AC for the following reasons:
    1) Too difficult to retrofit into most of the older houses.
    2) It wasn’t widely available in portable form until recently (window units never sold well – newest version looks like a space heater you put into the middle of the room)
    3) Summers never got this hot until recently.
    I can personally attest to #3. When I was a kid living in Germany while my father was stationed there, from 1976 to 1980 the warmest it ever got during the summer was 76F – and that was a record that day in August. From what many of my European colleagues tell me – they’re still not used to the hot summers as they all grew up with much cooler climate – at least those who didn’t live along the Mediterranean anyway.
    I have no idea what the climate was in eastern Europe over the past 20 years or if the heat is sneaking up on them as well. It sounds like not though from what has been posted here.

  6. Happycrow

     /  July 23, 2007

    That’s exactly what’s happening. And, really, from what I can tell, it’s not really that it’s too horrifically hot (though this year is a record), but that there is now so much concrete and the like from construction that the region is finally starting to suffer from the same urban heat problems that we take for granted: not enough shade, too much heat-holding infrastructure, etcetera. I was in the countryside, and it was hot as all hell, but when the wind blew, you could feel it. In the big block flats, it took an extra five hours last night (and I am staying in a pretty comfortable building) for the hot air to finally dissipate. It was literally 30 degrees cooler in the window than it was fifteen feet further into the flat.

  7. Chris

     /  July 24, 2007

    It’s not just the Japanese – its me as well. When winter hits, my thermostat stays at something like 50 – and I wear shorts and a t-shirt, and am (very x 10^10000000) happy.

    Of course, apartment buildings and the like hold heat like nobodies business on the upper floors as well, which is just massive suckage.


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