I have also been doing some traveling. My strangest trip was with Zsuzsa. She asked me if I wanted to accompany her and a group to go swimming at a resort, see the sites of Eger in northern Hungary and visit the wineries there. Quite a bit to pack in one day but we started at 8:30am.
It turned out the group was about 80 Swedish engineers. (90% men) They were very nice but many of them would prefer to sit in the hot swimming pool or drink a beer in the sunshine to touring the fortress, or meandering down cobblestone streets. Well who can blame them. It’s been a long winter.
There is kind of a mini-Mammoth Hot Springs beginning to build. The rest of the water is being channeled into huge swimming pools. You are issued a black plastic wristband, which you scan to find your locker in the coed locker room. There are changing booths but it initially seemed a little disconcerting to find I had a swim locker between two burly men. The huge pools are various warm temperatures and large hot tubs are attached. You can enter the warm water inside the building and walk surrounded by water to the outside pools. It is incredibly clean and modern. Restaraunts, bars, cafes, saunnas and various massages and treatments are available in the building attached to the pools. Charge everything to your wristband and pay as you leave. I must confess I found the modern hot spring resort the most intriguing part of the adventure.