It is pretty cool to watch, at least for a while. They also had a drag racing strip set up along the main straight where cars and motorcycles drag raced in what was a rather amateurish but still interesting display. The fact that there was stuff actually happening was really a bonus as I mostly wanted to just see the 16 turn, 4.4 km twisting road course for myself. F1 races have been held there annually since 1986 and many of the best drivers in the world have competed on the circuit.
It was a pretty cool experience and I spent the better part of the morning watching the activities before deciding to head back to the hotel. The guide books all suggested that there was public transportation, in the form of a train a 30 minute walk from the track and I started walking in the direction given by the local policeman and ticket takers. After walking about 20 minutes I seemed no closer to anything even resembling the right way so I decided to ask a man who was loading a bike into a van if I was headed in the right direction.
His immediate laughter clued me in right away that something was not right, the train station he informed me was almost as far a walk as walking back to Budapest and was straight uphill as well. He could not believe that I had been informed otherwise. The good news is that he and his girlfriend were getting ready to drive in to Budapest to go to their personal trainer and they would be happy to give me a ride.
It turned out to be one of the coolest things that happened on my trip as my rescuers Henrik & Michaela turned out to be super nice, informative and generous. By the time we arrived in Budapest, they had made arrangements for me to visit the home of their trainer and sample his homemade palinka made from fresh plums. I was introduced to the man and his wife and ushered in to their home like a special guest to have the delightful drink and it was truly a wonderful experience.
By the time they dropped me off at the metro station so that I could head to my hotel I had not only a warm feeling from the palinka, but the warmth of making some wonderful new friends in Hungary. Thanks so much for everything Michaela and Henrik. What a special treat.