I fell in love with Budapest last summer, and kind of want to transfer to Corvinus and finish my degree there. I just loved everything about that city, from the bars, all the bridges (I love bridges), the food, the history, the $8 pedicures, and kebabs. Robi was trying to talk me out of it when I was whining about not finding work yet in Oslo where everyone speaks English; few people speak English in Hungary. Maybe he’s right (never) and living there is not a good idea, but I’ve been reminiscing about that city a lot lately. Flights aren’t even that expensive in December to fly from Oslo… Rob if you’re reading this, it’s around $200 and I’ll 200% come back with a puppy and be 200 degrees happier.
I’ve compiled a list of things to see and do. I’m missing some because I don’t remember what things are called; those “Learn the Hungarian Language” tapes that were given to me only went so far.
Things to do:
- Ruin Bars- These are old buildings that have been transformed into strange bars. They’re all really unique and it should be noted that a beer is between two and three dollars there.
- Central Market Hall- You can get fried dough here. It’s also next to a pretty bridge and my hopefully future university.
- Thermal Baths- I don’t know why I’m putting this here. I went in the summer, it was hot outside, and it was described to me as “old people soup.” But maybe in the winter it would be worth it.
- Fisherman’s Bastion- Mostly a viewing platform for the Danube. Super pretty.
- St. Stephen’s Basilica- The big church, you can’t miss it. I got yelled at for not wearing enough clothing inside. You can go to the top and see the whole city.
- Margaret Island- You can run around this if you’re into running. The water polo stadium, a small zoo, a park, and a hotel are on this island.
- Hero’s Square- It’s what the Art Gallery is to Vancouver, almost, if that makes sense.
Things to eat:
- Fried dough- JUST DO IT. It’s covered in sour cream and garlic.
- Krémes- My favourite cake ever. Pastry and custard, two of my favourite things combined.
- Somlói Galuska- Chocolate and walnuts and sponge cake and everything good in life.
- Kürtőskalács- It’s like a cinnamon bread cone. You can find them filled with ice cream too.
- Kebabs- I know these are Turkish but they are so good.
- Goulash- Duh.
I promise I ate more than cake and ice cream while there. I don’t think there is a type of Hungarian food I have tried and not liked including the strange-ish things Robi has made for me. I’m talking about the boiled meat, bread dumplings, and pureed vegetables that is somehow delicious despite what it looks like. Everything else is meat and potatoes.
I feel like lots of people don’t think of Hungary when travelling Europe, I definitely didn’t. There’s so much to do and so many things to see that it should be on everyone’s list of places to go. Also, those “48 hours in Budapest” posts you see on Pinterest are false advertising, it’s no where near enough time.
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