2013-10-11 47 18
On a field near Tárnok, just outside of the city borders of Budapest.
Currently I'm visiting a group we are collaborating with at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Budapest. All week long I was watching the hashpoints, and finally on the last day of may stay a good one pops up. Seems accessible on a field, very well connected to Budapest by train, virgin graticule, I'm free for the morning, so there is really no good reason not to try. The plan is to go from Budapest-Déli to Tárnok by train, then walk about 1 km to the coordinates. As I already got the e-tickets for the train (930 HUF for the return trip, that is 3.15 € or 4.26 USD) it is pretty sure I will make the attempt and go for it. I plan to arrive between 9.45 and 10.00 am.
My accommodation during my visit to Budapest is a very nice place: the Guesthouse of the Hungarian Academy of Science, located in the Buda Castle up on a hill. This is where many tourists come for sightseeing of the castle and the Matthias Church. But also it is conveniently close to the train station Budapest-Déli, which comes in handy if you want to go on a spontaneous geohash adventure in the suburbs of Budapest.
Budapest is divided by the 19th longitude, and I was hoping for reachable coordinates in the graticule 47,18 all week long as it has never been visited before. Finally on Thursday afternoon at hash-o-clock, zbot was feeling gracious and presented me coordinates in this graticule approximately 20 km (12 miles) away (yes, I know people believe the Dow Jones determines the coordinates, but I'm pretty sure it is zbot manipulating the stock market together with his trading-computer friends from Wall Street). Upon further inspection and investigation of my options to go there, the hashpoint turned out to be almost perfect: accessible just a few meters into a field next to a public road and close to the train station of Tárnok with direct and frequent connections to Budapest-Déli. Also I knew I had some spare time on Friday morning, so this was just too good not to go.
I could already buy my train tickets on-line, where I received a number to claim it later at the station. This on-line purchase process worked like a charm, not like ÖBB (the Austrian railway company) where the system crashes or is down almost always when I try to book a ticket.
Friday morning after breakfast I took along Waltraud in my pocket and we walked to the station Budapest-Déli. After printing my ticket there I got onto the train to Tárnok, the train ride took about 30 min. Arriving there I had to walk a few hundred meters along quite busy roads without a sidewalk, but soon I saw my destination as I remembered it from Google Streetview. I had hoped the field would have been harvested by now, but there was still crops on it as tall as a man. Luckily the coordinates were only a few meters into the field and the crops was not too dense, so it was no problem to reach the hashpoint and take all the obligatory pictures there. Waltraud and I were very pleased with our success. We returned to the train station were we had to wait for over half an hour unfortunately, but then the train took us home safely.
| LeslieHapablap earned the Land geohash achievement
|LeslieHapablap earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement|
| LeslieHapablap earned the Public transport geohash achievement