We got to Budapest late Friday night following an adventure with the Polish train station and the confusion that it possesses. ‘Nuff said.
On our first full day here, Saturday, we walked up Andressy Utca (Street) and saw the Terror House (but did not go inside), Oktogon (an intersection literally shaped like an octogon), and a bunch of statues. Andressy Ut. ends at Heroes Square which holds the Millenium Monument, commissioned by the Hapsburgs and comprised of really super cool statues of the leaders throughout history, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Heroes Square is also the official entrance into the City Park which holds a really cool castle (the biggest and best we have seen so far), an amusement park, a zoo, and some pretty AMAZING Roman Baths, where we chose to spend our day. We started out in a bunch of different temperature steam baths, including one that is a whirpool that literally whirls you around the edge, and then made our way outside to the large swimming area, which has a hot pool, a normal pool, and a medium temperature pool with another whirlpool inside of it. We stayed there for about 6 1/2 hours, until closing. While there, we made friends with a set of brothers from Australia, Mike and Josh. We hung with them throughout the day, and then following our adventure getting out of the baths (apparently you can go in but they NEVER want you to leave- we got locked inside), we went out with them and a bunch of people from their hostel later that night. We went to 2 really amazing HUGE bars full of nooks and crannies, crazy decorations, rooftop bars, and dance floors. It was a good night. We got back to the hostel as the sun was coming up, following an incredibly satisfying McDonald’s hamburger and french fries (Zaina is legitemately eating burgers now, what the hell?).
Today, our second official day here, was pretty laid back due to our tired states from laying in the sun all day yesterday and partying all last night. We slept until 2:30ish. Once we finally rolled out of bed, we got dressed and went and ate some Hungarian food at a cool restaurant where we got to sit on the floor. The Hungarians seriously understand that whole meat and cheese concept. We had cheese stuffed pork in a cheese sauce with french fries. We also had this cottage cheese spread (mixed with onions, paprika, and other herbs) on toast. SO GOOD. We then walked over the Margit Bridge across the Danube River. We then walked south, along the Buda side of the river, to the Chain Bridge (it is so pretty and it looks sort of like the Brooklyn Bridge). Along the way, we passed Mathias’s Church, the super rad Parliament Building (on the Pest side of the river), the Buda Castle, and St. Anne’s church. While crossing back over to Pest, we walked through a market that was on the Chain Bridge and bought some yummy candy and pretty postcards (which some of you lucky people will be receiving). Then, we walked back to our hostel, passing St. Steven’s Basilica and the Opera House.
We aren’t sure of our plans for tonight. A little rainy so who knows? But tomorrow, we plan to spend the day at the baths again. We are going to the Gellert Baths, on the Buda side of the Danube, to check out some Turkish Baths. We can’t wait. The baths are SO relaxing.
Off to Vienna on Tuesday.
I think that is all for now. We love all and miss all. Hope everyone had a lovely 4th of July!!!
-Charlotte and Zaina