Today was the last day in Hungary (what!), and although it started off with a light drizzle, quickly into the day the sun came out (especially for Bridget, as she's been sun deprived in Ireland!). It was very much like a casually stroll today since we sent our packs on with Theresa to our destination of Lenti, which was definitely a move since my feet were still feeling tender from the walk yesterday and from my newly threaded blister. Since much of the terrain was flat and the walk was not as long (15.6 miles), there was ample time for conversation together & reflection alone. A few misturns, some forested areas, a long red road, some crop shuffling, a quick cross into Slovenia (all of our first times!) and back out into Hungary, and one tractor pulling down an electrical wire and shutting off power in the town later, we found ourselves in Lenti!
Lenti has around 8,000 inhabitants in it, and you can immediately feel it's different presence than the other villages and towns we have passed/stayed in. For the accomodation, we stayed at the Denis Hotel, a very nice hotel and restaurant just a little past the main road of the town! After talking with the owner whose family started the hotel around 25 years ago, she told me a little more about Lenti, which is famous for its thermal pools, just down the road from us! Unfortunately, I did not wander into these pools because they closed pretty early, but I did wander into town, which was much busier than the smaller villages, with people driving and riding bikes and standing in the streets talking. It was nice to feel the town "alive," and I'm really interested to see how other countries compare!
The dinner at the hotel was amazing: I got this awesome cauliflower dish, another dish ordered was chicken with dates inside, another was Hungarian soup with liver dumplings, and another was Hungarian pizza (sort of like barbecue with ham and onion and other things!). It's crazy to think one week has passed (another what!), and I have well walked over a total of 100 miles (and even more kilometers!! Why doesn't the US use the metric scale?!). We are all definitely getting a little tired, but sending our packs on definitely helps, and we are starting a new wave of adventure tomorrow!
On another note, I have started to adopt the language of my group, now saying "keen" and oftentimes slipping into some sort of accent. I am quite keen to see what I bring home as part of my catchphrases from this trip ;)
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Hey all! My name is Catherine, and I'm from Pittsburgh, PA! So excited for this adventure & to share my stories with you all :)