Lake Balaton – the Hungarian vacation destination
We came here to rest between camps, and it was glorious to sleep in as long as we wanted. It got up to 32-34 degrees celcius, so we welcomed the breeze off the lake. We cooked our meals outside in the shade of the little “kitchen” off the side of the building – a wooden lean-to reminiscent of playhouse days.
Hightlight of Balaton (for me): Gulyas dinner. A young man from the village came to the hostel and spent the better part of a day chopping up vegetables and cooking meat in a huge … cauldron … over the fire-pit. It wasn’t ready until after 8, and for 1000 forints each (that’s about 5 dollars), we could have all we could eat.
This was, without a doubt, the best gulyas I have ever tasted. The hostel manager says this is because it was cooked over an open fire. It was so rich and flavourful and … mmmmm … now my bread and nutella breakfast doesn’t seem like enough food …
So Daddy … if you’re still looking for the world’s greatest gulyas, I think I found it.