Things were much nicer on the train, where we sat in an old fashioned compartment watching the countryside flash by. First of all it was quite flat with lots of fields full of cabbages. All the graves in the cemeteries we passed were covered with white and yellow chrysanthemums, probably because it had been the day of the dead not long ago, a special day when people visit their departed relatives. We enjoyed seeing the trees in their fall colours, yellows and golds, something we don't see in Spain. The old villages we passed were quite lovely with lots of charm. I enjoyed some onion soup in the dining car. I thought I had ordered some kind of salad with cottage cheese but it turned out that it was a very moist little cake with fruit. What a nice surprise.
Our walk took us through a big main square with a huge barbecue area in the middle. It was a restaurant where you could order cabbage rolls, various types of roast potatoes, grilled vegetables, huge sausages and pork knuckle. The smell was amazing. Seating was at nearby outdoor trestle tables.
Later that night we walked along the Danube for quite a distance. The view was stunning with the brightly lit castle dominating the skyline. This was a perfect ending to our first day in Budapest.