Eating and driving
Where I left off in the last post, we’d spent the day walking around Budapest. The next morning we met up at the bus after breakfast for a travel day, departing Hungary and arriving Poland. You know, the days where you don’t do much, eat and sleep (if possible) while getting from point A to B.
A few notes on the European breakfast:
Of course it depends on the hotel, but generally hotels charge for breakfast. Rarely here have I found the complimentary breakfasts that are popular (though often unimpressive) in the USA. Our breakfasts on this tour were part of the package so I don’t know how much they cost, but when we travel for work in France and Germany, it’s between 15 and 20 Euro.
Again, big variability, but generally there are the following items at a breakfast buffet:
- Fresh bread, think sliced French baguette, croissants and/or danishes
- Eggs, scrambled or hard-boiled
- Sausages, sometimes bacon
- Cold cuts – ham, turkey, hard salami
- Sliced cheeses to go with the cold cuts
- Fruit juices, rarely fresh tasting (miss the US for this)
- Coffee machine coffee – Europe is big on the machine brewed cappuccinos and lattes, some are excellent; some the opposite
- Fresh fruit
Right, so after breakfast we loaded up on the bus and set off towards Slovakia, where we had lunch (and a break for the bus driver), then traveled north again into Poland. On almost every leg of our trip we saw fields like this out the window:
The yellow flower fields (which look like big yellow geometric shapes from the air) are rapeseed or canola plants, grown for the animal feed, canola oil (obviously) and biodiesel. <– courtesy of wikipedia.
A few photos from the center square in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia: