My next adventure: Southern India (Chennai, Pollachi,  Kochi) – August 2024

Day 13 – Another day of trains

We woke up to another sunny day in Budapest ready for our 8 and a half hour train journey to Katowice in Poland. We caught the metro line 4 to Keletei train station. As usual, it contained stunning architecture that one could only imagine being in Budapest! Our train to Vienna awaited us but there was no assistance, however, after one of my PAs Hungarian friend spoke Hungarian to the station staff, someone came to help. It was then that we discovered that the ingenious invention form of lift which was the same that was used in Geneva and Vienna wouldn’t go down it reminded me of being at home a bit as everyone was running around trying to work out what to do whilst delaying the train a little. The  manual lift came and eventually got me onto the train to Vienna.

It has surprised me how helpful the train staff in Vienna actually are, probably better than UK stations (well bar Bristol Parkway but only because I know them too well!) there was two guys waiting to greet us at the station with a lift and then escorted us to the next platform to get the train to Katowice.

We arrived in Katowice in Poland and I was rather unsure whether there would be assistance to get me off but all was fine. We headed to our hotel after a stop in McDonald’s in the train station to re0energise. Our final hotel check in went well once more.

Tomorrow we plan to book a van to take us to  Auschwitz which I know isn’t very accessible so we’re taking my manual wheelchair this should be interesting…

See  you tomorrow 🙂

Oh and I ordered cheesecake for dessert thinking it was an actual cheesecake …and I got this …


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