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Jonathan Harker's Journal

3 May. I am now in Bistritz - I left Munich at 8:35 p.m. on 1st May, and arrived in Vienna early next morning. I should have arrived at 6:46, but the train was an hour late. Then I went on to Budapest which seems a wonderful place. But I only had a quick look at it from the train had a short time to walk through the streets. I didn't want to go very far from the station, because we had arrived late and the train was going to leave as near to the correct time as possible.

But while I was in Budapest I felt that we were leaving the West and entering the East. The Danube river here is of magnificent width and depth, and crossing the most western of the splendid bridges over the river took us into lands which had once been ruled by the Turks.