Tue, 12 Dec 2000 17:01:44 -0700
To: fishbreath@somewhere.net
From: ef <ef@somewhere.net>
Subject: the pissing wars
Reply-To: fishbreath@somewhere.net

yaya, still here... leaving tomorrow afternoon. i'm kinda scared actually so gimme some good advice, oke? the support of you guys in this ah, endeavor is really important to me. really.

so i have been packing like mad... too many kidclothes and now i have no room for anything of my own... wonder how my hungarian friends are gonna feel as i get smellier and smellier... oke, so i *think* i can stuff in a change of underwear... and i *must* stuff in my flannel pj's with the fishermen+fish on it. i simply must. also, another pair of pants would be nice, with another sweater or two. and the long undies i got yesterday. and a lipstick.

newyearseve i think want to spend in budapest... i talked to kinga, the-goddess-who-arrangeth-the-impossible... she says the gov't decided to spend even more money on newyears than that there millenium celebrations i think i described. now, she says, there will be 5 or 6 different fireworksetoff sites, mondo parliament illuminations, and every superannuated hungarian rockstar is playing on a different streetcorner. so i figure, a ridiculousness of this magnitude i do deserve to experience.

when i arrive, i will spend 3-7 days in budapest, depending on when i can find a ride up to transylvania. since i have all this baggage, i might encounter grief on the bus... but if there is no ride, bus it will be. 12 hrs of it. 3 hours at the border, while the guards studiously examine ones canadian passport back and front only to occasionally glance up at glare at you with utter hatred. then they charge you $32 for a visa.

then off to the horrid gas station where you have to pay to piss. and get glared at some more.

there is a pissing war going on at the border. since the gas station on the romanian side is charging the bus riders to piss, the hungarian gas station on the hungarian side has also decided to charge. the hostilites... shall i call it the pissing match... only hurt the bus riders who are mostly guest workers, romanian-hungarians, in fact, working in hungary. so they go back and forth, pissing their cash away.