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Budapest, Hungary (Friday February 20)

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On Thursday night, we once again made our way to the Florence train station and boarded a coach bus. The bus ride was 12 hours. 12 hours. A lot of bad sleep and junk food later, we arrived at 8am in Budapest, Hungary. Since we went through EuroAdventures, they took care of all our accommodations, which was very nice. We expected to be staying in a hostel and instead go put in a fairly nice hotel! There was 6 of us on the trip and we all got split up into doubles so I was with Cath, Megan and Megan were together and Brooklyn and Taylor were together. We got there and had time to change and freshen up, which was VERY much needed. We then went off onto a walking tour of Budapest. Our tour guide was…. interesting. We didn’t have head sets so most of the time we couldn’t hear what she was saying but it also didn’t help that she would literally RUN. She would start running across the streets leaving half of us on the other side, my roommates and I just kind of gave up at one point and lagged behind. She took us to their central market and we had a half an hour to go get food before we continued on our tour.

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 5.58.17 PMI ended up getting Langos with Sausage, it was sausage on a stick with this sweet bread around it and it was AMAZING. I wanted about 5 more after I had it. It also came with some veggies on the side— and when I say “came with” I mean, he asked me if I’d like some veggies on the side and then charged me a good amount extra after that. I spent about 3,000+ HUFS on that.

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 6.00.19 PMCurrency: 1 Hungarian Forint (HUF)= .0037 USD or .0033 Euro

So, 3,000 HUF is about 11+ USD, which isn’t terrible but still. I then got more langos but this was more of a donut thing with nutella on it and it was so yummy.

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 6.00.31 PMWe then finished and made our way across a beautiful bridge to the Buda of Budapest….

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Budapest has 3 sections to it: Buda, Pest and Obuda but together they just make…. Budapest!

Buda is the hilly side of across the river and it is where we went to get a beautiful view of the entire city, Castle Hill. This view was breathe-taking and I would do anything to go back. It was funny, because we noticed that in Budapest, most of the city is the same height except for some of the major buildings.

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 6.01.47 PMFrom Castle hill you can see the Hungarian Parliament building (the most recognizable building of Budapest) but we could only see it from afar and from the side so I am a little sad about that because I really wanted to see the entire thing.

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 6.01.58 PMThen…. WE GOT LOST. I was walking around castle hill with Cath and my roommate Megan in the bit of free time we had, and then all of a sudden, we realized we had not seen anyone in our tour group for quite some time. We spent some time searching for them but could not find them anywhere. My friends remembered the tour guide saying that we were going to walk across this other bridge after we were done so we decided see see if they were down near the bridge… they weren’t. So, we crossed the bridge to see if they were over there… they weren’t. This wouldn’t be as big of a deal in America but keep in mind, we have absolutely no access to our phones when we don’t have wifi and we had only been in this city for about 3 hours at that point. At that point, we just decided to make our way back to the hotel, which was easier than we had expected. We got back to the hotel… and our group wasn’t there! Finally our other roommates that we got separated from came back and we explained what happened. Then we had about an hour to get ready and make our way to the Thermal Baths. Budapest is known for their baths and now I completely understand why. They have 5 different spas but the one we went to was the Szechenyi Thermal Bath. There was 3 pools; one that was warm and had a whirl pool in it, jets and a fountain, another pool that was just a simple lap pool and the last one was very very warm, it was almost like a big hot tub. The water in these pools have sulphate, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, fluoride acid and metaboric acid in them, which are supposed to help your joints. I wish I was able to try out the other baths as well because they seem really amazing! I wish America had these because it was so relaxing.

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 6.25.10 PMWe took the metro back to our hotel and washed up before going out to dinner with EuroAdventures. We went to a restaurant called Trofea where we paid only 22 Euro for unlimited food and drinks. We all had an absolute blast there and stayed for what seemed like hours until we left and went to the coolest bar ever called The Ruins. It was 2 stories and had all these different rooms to it and it was just very interesting to explore.

After staying there for a crazy long time, we left and got a cab back to our hotel. Or cab driver took us a really weird way and charged us a lot of money… money we didn’t have. After trying to piece together the cash, he let us go and that was that. The next day we had to wake up at 7:30 am or something like that to get breakfast before we left…. we woke up 10 minutes before we had to leave. Go us!

 

Stay tuned for Vienna, Austria post coming soon!

 

Ciao! Fino alla prossima volta,

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