10.09.2015 - 10.11.2015
October 9 - 11, 2015
This is my first European travel and I’m so excited and partially worried about the size of my carry on bag! My first Air B&B experience was lovely– a two bedroom loft apartment. Maybe because it was my first trip, or maybe because of the beauty in its architecture, but Budapest is one of my favorite locations so far (… to be fair this is written in Feb 2016 and I have only been to two other countries). That night we went to one of the Ruin Bars (Szimpla) – which are Pubs built from old ruins. Szimpla was pretty hipster – eclectic pieces of furniture/household items to make tables and decorations – skiis into benches, an amusement park car into a table for two, etc. There was a couple sitting next to us on a tree stump table (we were trying to steal the table from them) and noticed instantly that they were American, from Oregon/San Fran (Kelsey and Eric). We instantly became friends and the four of us spent the evening together. (Side note - I'm going to San Fran for work soon and I can't wait to reconnect with them!) We went to a market for foods and later that evening walked up to Citadella, which is the lookout point of all of Budapest. We trekked up the hill (felt like a mountain and also felt like it was never ending) at 11pm at night with only flashlights from our phone. Pretty sure Anika was going to kill me for that workout. Out of breath we turned the corner at the top of the hill and instantly forgot about how tired we were. The view from Citadella of Budapest at night is absolutely breath taking. I could have stayed up there forever. I can’t believe I get to have these experiences.
The next day we did a hop on/ hop off tour and went to different locations (Great market hall, Szechenyi thermal bath spa, etc) and got to see more of Budapest during the day and did a boat tour at night. Some of my favorite pictures from Budapest were taken that night. That night we went to another Ruin Bars (Instant) with Kelsey and Eric – such a weird building it had about 30 rooms of various sizes and various purposes (couches in small rooms, dancing, pool table, bars) and ended up staying for an hour or two before someone admitted they were sleepy. Thank God haha none of us could stay up anymore but no one would admit it.
The final day we finished off the historic sites – Fisherman’s wharf was one of my favorites. It felt like a castle in the sky. We went to parliament during the day and ended our trip with the best dinner – it was so simple. A traditional Hungarian langos (fried bread with cheese on it – traditionally with sour cream but if you know me, I opted out) and a simple house salad with fried goat cheese and balsamic dressing. Oh and they have the besttttt paprika sauce ever. I wish I brought some home with me.