posted on Jun, 14 2016 @ 04:44 PM
originally posted by: Quantum12
a reply to: schuyler
I bet you had a magical time there. The jet lag is a killer. How long were you there?
Two weeks in three cities: Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, my favorite. I tore my meniscus ( a piece of cartilage) in my right knee before we left, so I
used a cane and brace the entire time, so it was kind of tough going! Now I get to have surgery. :-) But I'm glad I didn't bail.
Notes for travelers;
1. Heathrow is the pits for security. Really long lines and multiple stops. SeaTac (Seattle) was easy and quick both ways. No significant lines and
customs was a breeze with very friendly agents. You can check yourself in with kiosks these days and nobody seemed to care what we brought back.
2. Everyone everywhere speaks passable English. English is everywhere, on billboards, street signs, menus, advertisements. Lots of shops accept
dollars and Euros. (Hungary and Czech Republic still have their own currencies and have not converted to the Euro. Czech Coruna is about 24 per $1,00.
Hungarian Forint is about 277 per $1.00. Euro is about $1.12.)
3. Infrastructure in Hungary and the Czech Republic is thoroughly modern in every respect. I expected this in Austria, but was surprised at the other
two. Although wages in Hungary are low, the place looks quite prosperous. Architecture is fabulous.