Judging solely from the airport Hungary has not come nearly as far as the Czech Republic post-EU integration. But there is a good energy here and a positive spirit unlike my last visit to East Europe.
Budapest’s airport reminds me of the last time I was in Prague (which was before the wall came down). Okay, BUD is way more modern and plastered with ads from Ford and Tmobile. But it has a quaint, small city kind of feeling to it. I was hoping Hungary would be cheaper than the rest of the EU but a half liter bottle of water just cost me $2.50. Maybe absurdly high prices for water in airports are simply a planet-wide phenomenon.
I was psyched to find a free wifi hotspot on the lower level in terminal 2a but it stopped working for me after 5 minutes; just enough time to dash off a quick VoIP call home with my Iphone using Truphone, which works great. Oh well.
Taking off from Prague we had a groovy full power run up with the brakes on and flaps at 100%. Not surprising given the plane was packed and it was summertime.
I snapped this picture for Alexander of a neat shuttle bus at Budapest airport.