I realize I have not written about Budapest yet. We had a laptop crash the day before
we left. We got to Zagreb and had to locate a place to help. We found Mario at Analogbit. He not only recovered our
files, he upgraded the hard drive and he reinstalled the OS and antivirus and a word/excel equivalent. He quoted us for
the new hard drive and a “ghost image”. The OS had missing files and he put in the
time to get everything working and was not going to charge me anything for the
extra work. “This is Croatia, everybody thinks it is typing a couple things” I tipped him
200 kuna and that was CHEAP. Thank you Mario. I have a working laptop with
200 GB of free space now.
Part two of our travel plan has always been a bit up in the air. We started with
Western Europe - Morocco, Portugal, Spain, France, Netherlands, England, Scotland
and Iceland. We added Germany and remove Morocco and then added
it back and blah, blah, blah. As we travel through Italy, Austria, Czech Republic and
Hungry, we were utilizing our 90 days of tourist visa in the Schengen area/agreement.
This is many European countries that allow open borders. You can only travel for 90
out of every 180 days without a special visa and the hoops were not worth it.
So where were we going to go - FIJI, of course. I sent an Airbnb request to a great
place on Vanua Levu called Savusavu. Some of you may have heard of this because
at the end of February it was devastated by a class 5 cyclone. I have not watched
any news for 6 weeks and I was unaware. Although their building remained, it was
without power and water and needed some TLC. I asked for forgiveness for my
ignorance and wished them luck in recovery. Smooth move idiot. I hung my head
and blocked her from further contact. Just kidding people! Jeez
So we looked at Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica, some place we could relax for a month.
We settled on returning to Eastern Europe - Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro,
Albania, Croatia and Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and if all goes well we
will hit Egypt for 2 weeks for a trip down the Nile. We will finish it off in England,
Scotland and Iceland (with our remaining 2 weeks on the visa)
Open Letter to Schengen,
Why don’t you want my money? I am not indigent and I am not looking for health care.
I wanted to see Barcelona and Paris. I wanted to return to Greece and see more of
Italy. I wanted to be able to visit foreign countries and meet the amazing people in
them as I have everywhere I have been. I have the amazing opportunity to travel
for a year and you only want 90 days of that. I am sure I am ignorant of the reasons
for this, but maybe you could make it easier than me supplying my bank account
balances and health insurance coverage which, be honest, don't you you already
have this? I am having a great time in Eastern Europe and I will return here for
another 90 days before heading off to South America for 3 months and then off
to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand for another 3 months.
Alas I will need to return to My United States and return to the work force.
Every time I arrive home from every trip I hear “Welcome Home” from the
Immigration Agent. Every time I really like it. I take a deep breath and relax a bit.
I do not think this is the greatest country in the world ( think Newsroom - Jeff Daniels),
but it is my country and I love it here. Or is it there as I am in Croatia at the moment.
I write. I may not do it well but I enjoy it and will continue.
For all you grammar Nazis - there, their, they’re, it will be okay.
I will get to Budapest soon. It is a great place to visit.