Km on the clock: 1,840
The sun was just about to set when I entered the old town of Bratislava via the "UFO bridge". The sun slowly set behind Bratislava Castle and the evening sky was colored in purple. It created a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere which made me excited to explore this city.
I ended up in a club that night. I don't remember its name but I had to enter it through a cafe, walk downstairs and the corridors reminded me to a dungeon. The club was quite small and the DJ had the most bizarre music playlist. It started off with electronic music from the 90's such as Hyper Hyper from the German band Scooter and later German anti-fascist music. Whatever kind of music the DJ played, the audience went bonkers. :D
I came back to the hostel late that night. I actually wanted to leave Bratislava the next day but I decided to stay for another night since I was too tired from my night out. Thus I cycled well rested in direction Hungary the following day.
I simply followed the Danube and the EuroVelo 6 on the Slovakian side. In the beginning the cycling path was tarred and it was lots of fun pedaling on top of the embankment - the river to my right and open fields and forestes to my left. At times I reached speeds of 30 km/h. However, the further I went the worse the cycling path got. At some point it turned into a gravel path and later into a sandy path. At this point it was rather a hiking path. Cycling it was quite challenging and I wondered if it was the same on the other side of the river!? I don't know. But what I do know is that covering a designated cycling path with sand isn't a good idea. :D
Just a few minutes after I entered Hungary it started to pour. Fantastic! Now it's not only hot, it's even raining and it's still 50 kilometers until Budapest. I tried to hide from the rain under a roof outside of a supermarket and hoped it would stop soon. Time passed but it didn't stop to rain. I put on my rain clothes and simply cycled through the rain to Budapest. Although I didn't get wet from the rain, I was covered in my own sweat due to the high temperatures and humidity.
The rain finally stopped a few kilometers outside of Budapest. It was already dark when I entered the city and I simply followed the road signs to the city center. As I cycled through the city I got a good feeling about this place. I was excited to be here and to explore the city the next days. I was also very surprised about the good bicycle lane infrastructure. It was fun riding through Budapest at night. As soon as I discovered the lightened up Hungarian Parliament Building on the other side of the Danube, I knew that I'd stay here for a few days. It really had a wow-effect on me.
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