ah budapest. how’d you get to be so awesome?!
If I go into too much detail this is going to be a novel. I’ll just start of by saying that I went with three of my friends, and we were all really up for anything and positive about the trip which I think made a big difference. Six of our friends booked their stuff a little later than we did, so they stayed in another hostel. The four of us from my hostel would spend the days together and then all or 2 of us would meet up with the other crew at night.
FRIDAY: easy 7 hour bus ride, awesome hostel with everything we’d need and the nicest people working there, long lunch/dinner outside which left us perfectly content, constant photo ops while walking across the bridge and beside the river, meeting up with more nyu friends for a beer or two along the river, stumbling upon a park filled with young people laying in the grass and hanging out on a friday night, finding an awesome awesome club underneath the park - Gödör Klub, hearing/experiencing the coolest band Dreadzone at the club, taking the long trek home not being scared to be walking alone at night with only another girl
SATURDAY: waking up to breakfast and Steve at my hostel saying “morning Lisa! Do you want me to make you coffee? latte?” running to get to our bike tour on time and then finding out that it was just the 4 of us on the tour, a ridiculously beautiful day which was experienced on a bike, seeing all the touristy sights and the backstreets of Buda and Pest with our personal tour guide Andrea (really I can’t stress how amazing this 3 hour part was), cheering for the long and random skateboard parade, getting a great lunch and coffee (and surprise! with ice cream in it) outside on a street filled with little restaurants, getting a blanket during lunch, climbing on Hero’s square, exploring city park and finding a beer garden with a live 1950s band, laughing at the hilariously awesome lead singer and wishing I could dance as well to the music like the people next to me who were 40 years older, hanging out for a few minutes at California Coffee shop and seeing starbucks art, meeting friends at their hostel, exploring my favorite bar in the whole entire world - Morrison’s (pub/beer garden, pool hall, club, karaoke bar in one), meeting a bunch of people from all over the place, karaoking ”papa don’t preach” and making new friends through it, getting lost and amazingly being able to find the other hostel and then being able to find the bar again, my friend and I deciding at 4.30 am that we should get back to our hostel, having the person that helped us find the tram come back to us after a few minutes to tell us which way to turn when we get off of the tram -seriously? so freaking nice, running into hilarious Italians - including the beautiful Caesar - on the street and having the most ridiculous conversation for over a half an hour
SUNDAY: waking up feeling surprisingly way too hung over and then realize that I’m just sick like fever sore throat sick (no good but i don’t let it ruin my day!!), visiting the beautiful St. Stephen Basilica during mass as the light was shining through the windows quite majestically, strolling through the streets of the city that the four of us had grown to really love, being confused why nothing cheap is open for lunch on Sunday near our hostel, having sandwiches and coffee at an “american style” coffee shop, coming home to the hostel and really feel like you were coming home, napping, going to the Széchenyi Baths at night and swimming while the sun went down, being directed to really yummy cheap hungarian food in some hole in the wall restaurant, having a chill night at the equally chill bar Szimpla, wishing i had my camera (even though i don’t really want to carry it around and be “that girl” taking pictures of the bar), getting cookies and watching Eternal Sunshine with the girls back at the hostel
MONDAY: waking up from a 2 hour nap at 5.30 to pack my stuff up, trying to not make any noise to wake everyone up, making a lot of noise by accident, figuring out the subway by myself and getting to the bus on time, saying goodbye for now to Budapest!
More photos on flickr!