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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, arriving at Vienna early next morning. I should have arrived at 6:46, but the train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the short time I had to walk through the streets. I feared to go very far from the station, as we had arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible.

The impression I had of Buda-Pesth was that we were leaving the West and entering the East. Crossing the most western of these splendid bridges over the Danube, (the river here is of noble width and depth), took us among the traditions of Turkish rule.