At the start of 2008, there were only a few European countries I hadn't been to. My aim for the year was to go to them all, and I started off by visiting Hungary. I'd wanted to go to Budapest ever since I was very young, because I grew up in a town on the Thames with an identical bridge to the Széchenyi Bridge over the Danube, but somehow after years of travelling in Europe I didn't make it to here until almost the end.
On my first morning in Budapest, I headed for the river. Soon I caught sight of the bridge. As I walked across it, I kept on expecting to see people I'd known when I was young.