Budapest & Balaton, Hungary

A few weekends ago, I had a wonderful chance to visit Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Such a wonderful city, with so many things to see! I was there only for two days and it wasn’t nearly enough to visit every location I was interested in seeing, but I had a chance to walk through the city centre, explore a little & just have a fun trip! And to get a few postcards for my friends – and I’m sad to say I still haven’t had a chance to mail any of them. :( Also, I must admit I’m rather disappointed by the choice of postcards they sell. I’m sure there are places that offer wonderful postcards, but the ones I saw are…. not impressive. I mean, those were still postcards, but if you’re slightly OCD like I am (and also, if you appreciate photography like I do) you’d notice how poor the images are, how they’re not sharp and in general how off most of them are. #sadface
I got the few good ones I could find, so at least that’s something. ;)

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Also, on our way back, we made a stop by the lake Balaton. It’s the biggest lake in Hungary, also commonly known as the “Hungarian sea”. Popular among tourists, as far as I know. I know a lot of Hungarian people drive down to Croatia & the Adriatic sea during the summertime, but Balaton definitely seems like a good alternative to have a vacation & enjoy some water activities.
My disappointment in the postcard department continued there as well, this time because they could all fit into these categories: a) childish (with many cartoon characters or drawn animals wearing sunglasses and playing with beach balls), b) boobs (literally boobs), or c) multiviews (but the kind of multiviews that make you dizzy because they somehow managed to fit like 50 tiny pictures on a single 10×15 cm postcard). Again, I got the best I could get. :)

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Anyway, it was a fun trip, good times. I wish I can travel like that more often! :)

Balaton, Hungary

I really like this postcard, how sweet do those sunset colors look!! <3

Lake Balaton is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe, and one of its foremost tourist destinations. As Hungary is landlocked, Lake Balaton is often called the “Hungarian Sea”. The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake, and the canalized Sió is the only outflow.

I’ve never been to Balaton, but it definitelly looks like an interesting place to visit. :)

Hamilton Lake, New Zealand

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As the back of the postcard says:

Situated within the city of Hamilton, this popular venue for yachting, boating and picknicking is officially named Lake Rotora, but is known localy as Hamilton Lake.

Naaah, I don’t care if it has seven names… It’s still pretty! Plus, it’s my first postcard from New Zealand – ever!! – so wee for that! :)

I kind of love Canada… [and some other stuff]

I was kind of surprised to pull 6 (six!) postcards from my mailbox. Pleasantly surprised, that is. :) This is what I got….

Official Postcrossing card from Quebec. I really dig Canadian postcards. Really. Plus, this one is my first one ever with prepaid postage. I’m surprised how pretty it actually is. Croatian prepaid postcards are for local use only – and are UGLY.

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A postcard from Vancouver came from my dear friend / penpal Nina. Thanks N.!

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Another Canadian postcard (yep, there were 3 in total… happy happy) came from my postcard pal Karen. She saw it in my favorites in my PC profile and it was really really sweet of her to find that card and send it to me. It shows Mount Rundle near the Bow Valley.  THANK YOU!

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The second official Postcrossing card came from the beautiflu Melbourne, Australia. My first official from Australia! Yay!

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And the last two came from my friend Thea… she was visiting her friend in another town and sent me these! Btw. the last one is just…. yummy! :) Thanks Hiro… ummm… Thea, that is. *LOL* :)

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