13.09.2019 Viszlat Hungary.
The final stretch of our stay in Hungary offered us flat and comfortable bike paths and roads. We followed them along Lake Balaton to Heviz, a small town with a natural source of thermal water. There is a lake where, all year round, guests can swim in warm water which is supposed to have strong healing powers, as well as a shomewhat hidden warm river where swimmers can probably get the same effects for free and enjoy a more private and magical atmosphere. The next day we cycled on to Letenye, where we spent our last Forints on pizza and a night at a guesthouse. Yesterday morning, just a few kilometres south of Letenye, we finally said viszlat (goodbye) to the country of Hungary and crossed the border to Croatia. This was the first time that we actually had to show our identity cards to two border officials and wait for a barrier to be opened before we could pass. Later we realized that this was because although Croatia has been a member of the European Union since 2013, it is not part of the Schengen area.
Our first destination in Croatia was the town of Krizevci, where we had the chance to meet Croatian scouts. It was Maja who welcomed us and together with her sister, her best friend and some other scouts introduced us to the town and their scouting experience. Thank you once again to our adorable hosts. Today we are moving on over green hills and through tiny villages and planning to arrive in Zagreb, the Croatian capital, in the evening.
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