11 Jul 18 Our last two days in Budapest were spent on the economy, and to be quite frank it was a blast. We wound up having booked a very tiny apartment when we thought we had booked in to a reasonably nice downtown hotel (on-line booking). The entire operation was a total adventure and not having a smart phone, let alone any phone, with us was a challenge in some respects. But it was also fun, a lot of fun for me, and I really wished we would have had several more days there to enjoy the economy. And while the room was small, it was extremely well equipped and we felt very comfortable being there. We were basically living in the apartment home of one of the locals and as such we got a real feel for how many in the city lived. That provided for an opportunity to blend in in some small way and made the four days in the city far more meaningful. When we go back I fully intend to find something similar although next time not in the heart of the city with its associated prices. Our apartment was on the 3rd floor of a 6 story building. The apartments were on three sides of the building which had a nice little court in the middle on the ground floor. As I mentioned several times in earlier mailings, the city was being refurbished and our building was part of the refurbishing so the courtyard was a bit of a mess. But it is never a sterile environment when building projects are underway. Our access to the 3rd floor was via a small lift which I'm sharing today. With the lift empty you don't get a good feel for the size of it, but to help give you an idea, standing parallel to the door, I had about 2 inches of clearance on each side of my shoulders. With the two of us in it with our two suitcases, it was full loaded. Just one part of our delightful stay.
I've corrected for the pin cushion look of the original and filled in a couple areas lost in the correction. Our lift. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 2,500, 1/100 sec @ f / 8 with full flash as it was very dark in the hallway (we didn't know where the light switch was located).