And with just over a half-marathon long walk (13.6 miles), Day 2 is complete! We started the day with a hearty buffet breakfast from Jufa Hotel, as well as packed our lunch & apple snacks from the breakfast, so I would say it was a successful morning! We met two other Peacewalkers who were from Calgary, Canada which was super exciting to know that our group was growing--and who knows, maybe some mysterious Peacewalkers will continue showing up!
The day started around 8:30 AM with four of us going ahead first, and it was a nice cloudy day, cooled down from the day before. We walked through a lot of nice bike paths and roads (where many bikers would greet us with a "Guten Morgan!") and a particularly long stretch of brush that had been trampled on by previous Peacewalkers. We went through expansive rolling hills as well that reminded me of the Sound of Music, and passed through a few quaint towns that had absolutely beautiful flowers as decoration! All the while, the red arrows were certainly keeping us in the right direction walking!
A lovely part of the day was walking through the town and meeting someone who was picking cherries! With the limited German I had from taking the language in high school, I understood that we could simply take the cherries and eat them along the way! We noticed that the entire town was covered in nice cherry trees and thus we had a nice snack! The latter half of the walk was more woodlands like, with gravel paths and through a forest before we emerged spotting Köszeg in the distance!! The red arrows definitely helped us navigate the town, and we walked along parks before we finally came to the street where we found Accomodation #2!
We got in around 3:30 PM, and after showering, I promptly fell asleep and took a nap, with my whole body aching. Fly and I then went downstairs and had a really nice dinner and talked all about education & the reforms that need to happen (a topic I could go on forever about!). Our group has decided to send our bags over to the next stop for tomorrow, especially since when walking Day 3 can be the hardest (says those much more experienced than I), so I believe the walk will be nice & relaxed without a 40 L bag on my shoulders!
"Party Meals for Hungary Guests at Any Time" -- truly cracked me up #klassic
Now the time has come to hit the hay, and get ready for a day of walking tomorrow! Since the sun has definitely left its mark, tomorrow's mission is to reapply every 20 minutes. Protect the skin! It's really beginning to hit me that we are walking all the way to Italy...what?! 1/11 of the way there!
Peace out for now,