There was dead silence around there
Andrea Nikolits left Budapest for the "free world” with her female neighbour on 27 November 1956. They took a train to Mosonmagyaróvár to be taken to the border by a drunk "human smuggler” along with two males. "We embarked on the most critical journey of our lives under the guidance of a drunk man. He had been showing us the way for about 20 minutes until we got to the dam of a small river. He stopped there and explained that we should go along the dam straight on and mustn’t change direction. So we got as far as the border. Then turning his back on us he ditched us.” It was dark so they got disoriented, but went on nonetheless. Later it started to rain. It was cold and they were freezing and increasingly tired. "Suddenly we reached an asphalt road. There was a real highway running across in front of us! May that be the highway to Vienna? We should get across – at least to the other side-where there are bushes and trees protecting us from the eyes of an accidental Russian patrol. But where is the light we had been following so persistently? Even farther. At that very moment we realized we had seen the moon all the time. Thus we crossed the highway- running, as if we had been aware of getting closer to our destination. We were trudging in the bushy fields and I kept picturing a map to myself- the map of Hungary’s western frontier that was jagged and zigzagging. Consequently it could easily happen that we were roaming about a place where we’d better clear off. Not a living soul was there – we didn’t meet anybody. There was dead silence around there. How is it possible that we can’t find a human settlement? We could have walked even on the moon…” she recalled.