Well, It seems I’ve been slacking on my blog post game. I’ve just now had time to sit down for a long over due writing session. This post is going to be an insanely long tale, all about my recent travels. Pictures are just going to be thrown in here and there, so I hope we are all good with that. Let’s do this!
Last week, I was able to travel to Budapest and London, while my host family took advantage of the school holiday and went in search of warm weather.
Since being told about my week off work, I’d been planning to take advantage and do some traveling. Budapest was a city that my friend and I had been throwing around in our numerous “brainstorm sessions” over milky coffee that costs way more a mediocre (at best) coffee ever should. Yay Stockholm!
Since being told about my week off work, I’d been planning to take advantage and do some much needed traveling. Budapest was a city that my friend and I had been throwing around in our numerous “brainstorm sessions” over milky coffee that costs way more then a mediocre (at best) coffee ever should. Yay Stockholm!
Since being told about my week off work, I’d been planning to take advantage and do some much needed traveling. Budapest was a city that my friend Catie and I had been throwing around in our numerous “brainstorm sessions” over milky coffee that costs way more then a mediocre (at best) coffee ever should. Yay Stockholm!
Budapest appealed to both Catie and I because it seemed to be a city that many people overlook. Everyone always talks about famous cities like Prague, while Budapest only recently seems to have been noted as an awesome European city. Now that I’ve been there, I can confirm that it is in fact, chalked full of awesomeness. The city is beautiful, the architecture shines in all it’s gothic glory, the nightlife does not disappoint and the cherry on top, it’s cheap as hell.
Since Catie didn’t have the week off like I did, we opted for a quick weekend trip. We left Stockholm on Friday evening and landed in Budapest, ready to check into our hostel and grab some food.
After wandering around for far too long on a empty stomach, we found a tapas place that was recommended to us. We had already decided that we would spend one day of the trip eating Hungarian exclusively, so since we both love tapas, it was a very safe bet.
After far too much food, and possibly a bit of indulgence in the wine department, we walked back to our hostel, taking note of all the places we passed, in hopes of revisiting them after a few hours of sleep.
Saturday was dedicated to exploring/photography. Catie is a professional photographer, while I’m a passionate amateur, who spends most of my time in awe of her perfect images. Still, I attempt to hold my own.
After walking around for hours, we caught an early dinner and got ready for a night out. Cue obligatory Mirror selfie…
I hadn’t previously heard much about the nightlife in Budapest.However, I have to say, I was pretty impressed. If anything, the price alone made the night a success.
After visiting a few bars, we found one which I instantly clicked with. The place itself was nothing special, just a big room with a balcony above, bar towards the back and video screen towards the front. The music however, was the real draw. The DJ was providing us with the perfect 90’s Euro/House music that kept us dancing until 5am. It wasn’t until we left, that we both realized we made a big mistake in wearing new shoes out for a night of dancing.
The next morning we desperately tried to ignore our sore feet and decided we would do more exploring. What we thought was a trip to a bathhouse, turned into a walk through a pop-up Hungarian cultural festival, taking place on the grounds of a castle.
While walking through the tents, we ate what I can only describe as pure indulgence (a disk of bread, covered in sour cream and shredded cheese). It was the first of many amazing hungarian dishes to come our way.
While getting ready for dinner, we started talking to one of our fellow hostel roommates, the three of us decide to head out for dinner together, in search of authentic Hungarian eats.
Following another recommendation, we went to an amazing family run Hungarian restaurant. The food was delicious, the staff was amazing, and again, it was super cheap.
To end the night off, we found a hole in the wall pub that turned out to have the coolest junkyard feel to it. The decor included a bathtub converted into chairs and old children’s toys that found new life as light fixtures.
The next morning we woke up, and had to say goodbye to Budapest. After landing in Stockholm, Catie and I went our separate ways. Catie got on a bus back home, while a walked about 100 meters from the airport, and checked into a hotel, hoping to get a bit of rest before my early morning flight to London.
I highly suggest travelling to Budapest if you’re into travelling on a budget.