October 17, 2008: Budapest
I woke up on Day One at in Budapest feeling totally irrepressible. No-one in the world to answer to, except myself. Could this possibly be the first time I’d ever had that sensation? I’ve always dwelled deep in a pack of friends and family, so I wasn’t sure how traveling solo would pan out. But if the elation I felt that first morning in Budapest was anything to go by, things were gonna be just fine! I had a guide book, a day pack, some cheap maps and a blue sky to wander beneath. I’d stopped feeling as though I was disrespecting the locals if I spoke politely in English to those who understood me. Life felt so sweet and simple.