1 Here I stopped for the night at the Hotel Royale.
2 I am going among the latter, who claim to be descended from Attila and the Huns.
3 They are, however, I am told, very harmless and rather wanting in natural self-assertion.
4 I did not sleep well, though my bed was comfortable enough, for I had all sorts of queer dreams.
5 I shall enter here some of my notes, as they may refresh my memory when I talk over my travels with Mina.
6 I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken done up some way with red pepper, which was very good but thirsty.
7 I feared to go very far from the station, as we had arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible.
8 Towards morning I slept and was wakened by the continuous knocking at my door, so I guess I must have been sleeping soundly then.
9 Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets.
10 Some of them were just like the peasants at home or those I saw coming through France and Germany, with short jackets and round hats and home-made trousers; but others were very picturesque.
11 There was a dog howling all night under my window, which may have had something to do with it; or it may have been the paprika, for I had to drink up all the water in my carafe, and was still thirsty.
12 Count Dracula had directed me to go to the Golden Krone Hotel, which I found, to my great delight, to be thoroughly old-fashioned, for of course I wanted to see all I could of the ways of the country.
13 I read that every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay may be very interesting.
14 The impression I had was that we were leaving the West and entering the East; the most western of splendid bridges over the Danube, which is here of noble width and depth, took us among the traditions of Turkish rule.
15 I find that the district he named is in the extreme east of the country, just on the borders of three states, Transylvania, Moldavia and Bukovina, in the midst of the Carpathian mountains; one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe.
16 I was not able to light on any map or work giving the exact locality of the Castle Dracula, as there are no maps of this country as yet to compare with our own Ordnance Survey maps; but I found that Bistritz, the post town named by Count Dracula, is a fairly well-known place.
17 Having had some time at my disposal when in London, I had visited the British Museum, and made search among the books and maps in the library regarding Transylvania; it had struck me that some foreknowledge of the country could hardly fail to have some importance in dealing with a nobleman of that country.
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