22.12.2011 - 22.12.2011
Lajos picked us up from our accomodation at 9.30 for a brunch at his home in the hills. It was here that we met Balazs (Lajos' son) and Sylvia (Balazs' wife) for the first time. The mainly cream cheese platter was incredibly difficult to handle on an empty stomach, with the added challenge of having only chocolate milk and Balazs' beloved kefir (fermented milk) to wash it down. Balazs's cousin Janos also joined us, and the five of us (sans Lajos)) went on a tour of the two main Christmas markets. Kirstie and Sylvia were like peas in a pod discussing shopping and looking at everything shiny the market had to offer. Balazs' culinary recommendations were highly valuable in making good food choices given the vast range of Hungarian fare on offer. Between us we had pigs trotters, cabbage stuffed with minced pork and onion, blood sausage and liver sausage. Our entree was fried goose skin washed down with a thimble of palinka (a Hungarian spirit), and for dessert, funnelcake, a kind of caramelised dough served piping hot. After an extremely enjoyable day of feasting we farewelled our new friends at the metro station, and, after swinging by home for a shower and a change of clothes, we met Flora and Antonia once again at Octogon for a dinner at a highly recommended restaurant. We concluded our day of feasting with more beer and cocktails, goulash, and pumkin soup. We said goodbye to our incredibly friendly guides and promised to see them again in Paris in just under two months time.