"I've got a new term for people our age: degeneration." -Theresa, Ireland
Today we headed towards Dozmat from Köszeg, but we decided to take a "rest day" and have our packs sent forward as a group, since Day 3 can oftentimes be the hardest of any walk. This meant that as we traversed through forest, little towns, hobbit houses with cows by them, big billowy fields, and finally to the horse barn we are staying at for the night, I got to rest my shoulder and my calf and the rest of my body for the almost 16 miles we walked (what a "rest" for me means on this walk! I have faith!!).
Since we stayed in Hungary for today, one thing I realized was how handy my education of German was! It allowed me to converse with most shopowners if needed, and along the way, I got a red "Hungary" hat (by insitence of my mother who remarked I was quite sunburnt) and some delicious gelato at this cafe in Bozsok, which truly lifted my spirits! Lesson to note: pay attention when learning languages! They are the gateway into someone's world :)
For most of today, I walked a few paces behind the group, and really took in everything around me, all the while listening to podcasts, music, and the sound of nature. As we neared the last 5 km of the walk, we went through these gigantic fields, and of course, what else to do but belt out Adele and Sam Smith? (A very liberating moment, danke schön.) I was particularly enamored by the BEAUTIFUL flowers that were everywhere, and I think I want a garden just like them when I'm older!
We ended the day in Dozmat at a horse barn, but in reality it is this absolutely beautiful guest house, where a hot shower and delicious dinner were to be had! I saw Theresa going to do Tai Chi, and I am glad to announce that I will be her disciple from this day foreword, hopefully doing it every morning and night! Tomorrow our packs will go back on, and it will be a new day and a great day :)
PS. I didn't get sunburnt today and applied around 4 different times!! WAHOO!!