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Now, here it comes the second post about my new year traveling… ^_^

After you go through the bridge of Széchenyi Lánchíd, you will reach the Buda part of the Budapest. It’s different from the Netherlands because there are mountains. So, they also have the funicular for taking you up to the peak. But we think the ticket price is a little expensive, and there were many people waiting for getting on the cars. So we decide to climb up on our feet.

Here is a picture of Mátyás-templom, due to the construction site around it, the lower part is cut.

The Halászbástya is just around the above church.

You can get an overview of Budapest on Halászbástya. Due to the bad weather, the pictures are not good as expected.

The parliament building in the fog.

Overview of Budapest from Halászbástya

Overview of Budapest from Halászbástya

You can also get a scale model of the Halászbástya and the Mátyás-templom.

A scale model of Mátyás-templom and Halászbástya

A scale model of Mátyás-templom and Halászbástya

There were several lovely stores for tourists, such as lovely dolls.

Lovely dolls on the side of the road

Lovely dolls on the side of the road

Another place of interests is the Buda Castle, the Matthias Fountain is one of the most photographed objects in the palace.

Matthias Fountain

Matthias Fountain

[to be continued...]

 

From Dec. 30th to Jan. 4th, I went for Hungary and Czech Rep. I didn’t update them in time.

“Thanks to” the unexpected technical problem of the airplane in Eindhoven, we had been waiting for more than 2 hours before we could get on board. We arrived Budapest Airport in the afternoon, no custom for checking my passport/visa. Yes, it’s in Schengen Area.

Hungary was not in EURO zone. We got to use Hungarian Forint (HUF).

The train ticket connecting the Airport and the city centre costs 365 HUF. The train station, called Nyugati pályaudvar, is beautiful.

After short rest in the hotel, we decided to walk around in the city. The National Opera is nearby.

It was cold, so we went back to the hotel early. In the morning on the 2nd day… I saw this Apple Store on the street Budapest.

Budapest has one of the oldest subway systems in the world. Here you find an entrance to Line Yellow(probably, Line B).


This bridge, called Széchenyi Lánchíd, is the landmark of Budapest.

On the bridge of Széchenyi Lánchíd.

To be continued…

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Inspired by the video recommended by a friend, I decided to do something special for Christmas of 2010. That was cycling to Amsterdam. The estimated distance was about 60 kilometres. My colleague told me about his experienced route, which was helpful.

At about 12.00, I started my cycling from Delft. In the very beginning, Highway A4 was my reference, but soon I found that the bicycle lane is not always available along the highway. So I had to find the fietpad again and again in order to keep A4 in my sight. Soon after that, I found the canal. The canal is easy to recognize, but I had to find the right side in order to keep my bicycle on the right lane.

It was interesting when I tried to change to another side of the canal. I headed to west in order to find a bridge. After I got on the other side of the canal, it was very icy so I decided to get off my bike and eat some chocalate. I didn’t notice that there were a couple of geese in the canal. They walked towards me and asked for food… I thought they must be cold. I could tell from their sound. Unfortunately, they didn’t like my chocalate. Since I didn’t bring other food with me, I left them with regret. I felt sorry for them:(

The wind was strong on both side of the bank, especially while there was a large farm on either side. However, the road was not too icy until I approached Leiden. On the southwestern suburb of Leiden, the road was covered by snow or ice. Maybe the road was not often used by people.

It was a funny when I met a cycler who seemed to have some problem with his bicycle. I stopped and asked him whether he needed help, in English. To my surprise, he responded me in Chinese! Then I realized he was a Chinese student. I learned that he was a 4th-year PhD student in Leiden University, majored in Theoretical Chemistry. Luckily, there was not a big problem with his bike. We said goodbye to each other because he was going to go to Den Haag. It was also a long journey, and the road was the worst since I left Delft.

As I didn’t bring any drink with me, and I thought the road in the city will be better, I decided to go into Leiden instead of continuing going along the canal. I bought a bottle of orange juice from Lidl, and continued cycling. I had some difficulties in find the way out from Leiden, so I followed the instruction given by Google Map. As soon as I didn’t see the buildings in Leiden, I realized I had to find a good route leading to next stop. It was hard, because the highway was the best choice which I couldn’t choose because I was cycling not driving. The cycling instruction on the road was hard to understand because it said the direction to Amsterdam was the direction where I came from. However, I decided to chose one of the longer way.

There was farm on both side of the road. I tried to cycle against the headwind. I switched the gear combination of my bicycle to make cycling easier but slower. After got to Oud Ade, I headed east, and then got across the highway for another time. Then after traveling along the highway for about 2 kilometres, the bicycle lane beside the highway came to an end:( I went through an industrial area in order to arrive at Roelofarendsveen and Oude Wetering. Soon after that, I found a wide canal. The advised route was easy to follow, for it was along the canal for most of the waypoints. I saw a lot of decoratings for X’mas in front of the houses. Some people were sitting around a table to talk with other family members. I felt a little sad and it was almost 4.30, the time for sunset. I speeded up, aiming at reaching eastern side of Schiphol Aiport before 5.30. What I didn’t expect, was that the fietspad around Schiphol-Oost(Schiphol East) was almost covered by pure ice. So I walked for 2 kilometres. Then, finally, I saw a bridge. I was almost there.

I chose to follow the GPS instruction. It is always useful for travelling in a city. But it cannot tell you where the fietspad is. So I made a mistake, cycling on the side of the road which is expected to be for the automobiles. Then I heard a fietser shouted at me, then I realized that something might be wrong. I chose a narrower isolation strip to get through. Then the friendly fietser told me about the danger in Dutch, which obviously I couldn’t understand all of them. Then I said thank you, speeded up to save time, because I knew there were 4 persons waiting for me. It was easy to find the right way in Amstelveen, I arrived in Uilenstede residence area at 6.30pm. And the cycling was finally successful:)


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After having a dinner of delicious hot pot, we decided to visit the Red Light Zone in Amsterdam:) It took about 40 minutes to Centraal Station by tram.

It was not advisable to take any photo of the women in the display window. So there will be no photo for them. What’s more, welcome to Amsterdam.:)

Something was decorated, including the bicycles:)

I felt tired after sleeping for 10 hours. So I decided to go back to Delft:) The public transportation in/around Amsterdam is perfect! Here are some photos.

受到朋友贴的视频的启发,我决定在2010年圣诞节里做一些不寻常的事情。那就是骑车到Amsterdam去。预计的距离有60公里。组里的博后告诉我了他在夏天所采用的路线,事实证明,这对我之后的骑行有很大帮助。

24日中午约12点,我从Delft出发。最开始的时候,我希望以A4高速公路作为参照物,但我很快意识到那是不可行的,因为高速公路旁边并不总是有自行车道。很快地,我找到了组里博后所说的运河。运河很容易辨认,不过我经常要变换我的行驶方向,因为并不是运河两侧都有自行车道,即使有,也有可能是单向道。

在一次从运河一侧换到另一侧的过程中出现了一件有趣的事情:换到运河另一边之后,我发现路很滑,之后就下了车,索性决定吃点儿巧克力。不想旁边有一群鹅在水里,见到我停下来马上凑过来叽里呱啦的要食物。我看到他们在即将封冻的河面上,心想他们一定冻坏了,从声音上我就能听出来。不过我只有巧克力,扔了两块,他们并不喜欢吃这玩意儿,不过我也没办法,因为没带其他吃的东西。我很抱歉:(

运河两岸的风很大,尤其是当一侧有大片农田的时候。不过所幸接近Leiden之前路都不是那么滑。在Leiden西南部的郊区时,路上几乎已经完全被冰雪覆盖,可能人们不经常走这条路才这样的吧,我想。

这时发生了一件很有趣的事情。我骑着车,发现前面有一个人突然停下来,好像是车子出了什么问题。然后我就停下来用英语问他是不是需要帮忙。他的回答让我一下子没反应过来,因为他用中文回答我。然后我才看清楚他是个中国人,在莱顿大学攻读理论化学专业博士学位,已经第四年了。我们简单问候以后互相道别,他要去海牙,我心想,那也挺远的。

因为我出发时没带水,并且我认为市里面的路也许会好一些,所以我决定走Leiden市中心,而不是继续沿着运河走。在Leiden的Lidl我买了一瓶橙汁然后继续骑行。在找从Leiden出来的路的时候,我遇到了一点儿麻烦,所以我按着Google Maps给出的指示前行。就在我不再见到Leiden城里那些整齐的房子时,我意识到我应该找条好点儿的道儿了。这不是件容易的事情,因为从地图上看,高速公路的方向是最直接的,但是由于我是骑自行车,所以不可能走高速。道路上的自行车路标也不是那么有用,因为我转了下,指向Amsterdam的牌子竟然指的是我来的方向!不过,我按照地图找了一条路来迂回过去。

刚开始上路的时候,路的两侧都是农田。本来就是逆风行驶,而空旷的环境使得风更加大了。我采用变速行驶,这样可以稍微省力一些。就这样顶风骑到了Oud Ade,之后我向东骑行2公里,又一次从高速公路下面穿过。这时高速公路旁有一段自行车道,不幸的是,这样的道儿很快就走到头了:( 之后我绕远穿过一片工业园区,此后到达Roelofarendsveen以及Oude Wetering。之后就发现了一条很宽的运河。GPS给出的建议路径很容易找,因为路径点基本上都在运河旁边,所以我这样骑行了大概10公里左右。在这一路上,运河岸上就是一户户人家,当看到他们门前的圣诞节装饰以及全家围坐在一张桌子前貌似在谈着什么的时候,我就觉得有点儿伤感。而且这时已经4点半了,也就是说太阳要落山了。所以我加快了速度,希望能在5点半之前到达Schiphol机场东侧。让我意想不到的是,机场东侧的自行车道已经都是冰了。所以我就推车走了2公里左右。然后我终于看到了一座桥,那时候我知道,我快到了。

这之后我决定直接按GPS的指示来行驶,因为城市里面GPS还是很有效的。尽管如此,他还是不能告诉你哪有自行车道。接着我就犯了一个错误,在机动车道的右侧骑车,然后发现有一个骑车的荷兰人对我大叫,此时我就意识到,应该是有些事情做错了。我找了隔离带比较窄的地方把车推到了自行车道上。他很友好地给我讲解了我刚才有多么危险,虽然说的是荷兰语,我不能全部听懂,不过还真是谢谢他了。因为有4个人还在等着我去吃饭,所以我赶紧加快了速度。在Amstelveen很容易就可以找到路了,我大概在6.30pm的时候到达了Uilenstede村。我的骑行计划终告成功。

吃了火锅之后我们去红灯区转了一圈:)

在睡了10个小时之后,第二天我发现我体力消耗比较大,然后决定坐火车回Delft。我发现Amsterdam/Amstelveen的公共交通相当发达,贴了几张tram、metro、火车的图。

 

I went to Shanghai for EXPO ’2010 from May 17th to 21th.

On May 17th, I left Amy’s class one hour earlier and went to Changsha Huanghua International Airport. The airplane I boarded on was MU5360, which costs me CNY 430.00 for an economy class seat. To my surprise, it was not delayed but landed in Shanghai Hongqiao Airport(Terminal 2) on schedule. Before I turned off my mobile phone, I replied ZY, who asked me whether I need a pick-up, that I was not sure whether she could go back to school by public transportation and the flight NO. is MU5360… After that, I realized that was not appropriate for the notification of flight NO. And she picked up me at the airport 30 minutes after I landed in Shanghai.

I chose 4B for my seat, just behind the first class, as the space was a litter larger. And the seat 4C and 4D, which were on the aisle, were taken by the fake travelers. Actually, they were attendants, as they wore the uniform except the insignia.

The Arriving Hall for Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

The Arriving Hall for Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Information for Arriving Flights at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

For the first I time, I took the Shanghai Metro. The line 2 was newly connected with Terminal 2 of SHA. We took the last train, there was even not enough time for me to buy a ticket for the entry. Fortunately, people in Shanghai are so friendly that they allowed us to get in without paying and persuaded us to run faster in order to catch the last train. Of course, I bought the ticket when I left the destination stop. For there was no longer another train on this line, I told ZY that was not necessary for walking me to the hostel. Thanks to the Google Maps and GPS on my E71, the route I chose was quite accurate.

I arranged my accommodation at Youth Hostel Association – Blue Mountain, Hongqiao. I lived in the 6 Bed Dorms. It took me CNY 60.00 per night. The environment was excellent. This was the first time I lived at a hostel of YHA.

That’s the end for the first day of my trip to Shanghai.:)

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