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  • Day23

    My house in Budapest

    October 12, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Actually, it was more of a bunk bed in the hostel than the house what Geroge Ezra sang about. Nonetheless, the last few days in Budapest have been great. Since I shared a room with two guys from Bogotá and Mexico as well as a girl from Brasil, my roommates showed remarkable similarities to the cast of the next season of 'Narcos'. While I commuted between the two parts of the city separated by the Danube, Buda and Pest, or enjoyed some traditional wellness in one of Budapest's numerous thermal baths, I spent the evenings in a street café or in the famous ruin bars.
    Although, I was warned at arrival to park the motorcycle on guarded grounds, I had decideded against it and parked directly in front of the hostel, as the parking would have cost three times! as much as the stay in the hostel. Call me a lucky devil, I could continue my ride to Belgrad.
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  • Day49

    Murals, street food and horses

    October 18, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    I have to start this blog post by stating that we LOVE Budapest. Neve has stated numerous times that this may become her favorite city she visits this year. With a fusion between Paris and Portland, Oregon, there is so much to see and do. David and I have repeatedly commented that around every corner we explore, we discover something new. Budapest was not a city we had discussed before heading off on our year off, but we are so grateful that we get to spend a month here to better learn of the rich history, absorb the city’s beauty and and eat some great food (David made a super yummy Goulash for dinner two nights ago and there is a local food truck court called Karavan about a 1 minute walk from our apartment). It’s not a good idea to walk down our street when hungry because there are so many good smells coming from the numerous restaurants.

    To continue familiarizing ourselves with the city, we went on a walking tour of 15 “must see” murals yesterday morning. One of the murals was of the rubix cube, a Hungarian invention, while others were just really beautiful paintings. After about a two hour walk, and empty stomachs we went to Karavan and tried some Langos, a type of Hungarian fried bread. We tried a pepper and sheep cheese one, one with cheese and David and Sophie’s favorite, a lango pork burger.

    Today we walked back to Hero’s Square and experienced the “National Gallop,” a national horse racing event with many Hungarian towns hoping to bring honor to their town. Hungarians have a strong equestrian culture and the first race dates back to June 6, 1827. In order to transform Hero’s Square into a horse race track, a type of “sand castle” was built around the main monument by placing multiple layers of special sand granules to prevent the horses from slipping and becoming injured. We were able to get into the middle of the square and get a really close look of the horses and the races. As Sophie mentioned in an earlier blog, we wanted to try Chimney Cakes. Part of the National Gallop included many food trucks and we were able to find a sizeable cinnamon flavored chimney cake, the official dessert of Hungary. They are a type of hungarian sweet bread that is crispy on the outside and has a light fluffy dough on the inside. They are shaped like a cylinder with a hollow centre, resembling a hot chimney when they come freshly out of the oven. So good.

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  • Day198

    Night bathing at Rudas thermal spa

    January 3 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ -1 °C

    Tonight we drank a few coffees to stay awake for the 10pm to 4am night session at the Rudas baths.
    The original Turkish baths were built 450 years ago and it now has a panorama open air spa on the rooftop with gorgeous views along the River Danube and to the cliff face behind.
    It was so cold on the rooftop that the staff were scraping away the ice forming on the walkway but the temperature of the water in the spa was perfectly warm.
    The walk home in the early hours of the morning was freezing cold (minus 3 degrees) and foggy but the city buildings were still illuminated beautifully.
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  • Day194

    Szechenyi Baths

    December 30, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ 🌙 -1 °C

    An entire day spent soaking in the thermal waters of the Szechenyi Baths. Planned from 1868, completed in 1913, the spa is a neo-Baroque landmark and feat of water engineering. There are a series of indoor pools of varying temperatures, saunas and 2 large outdoor pools where the water temp was around 30 degrees whilst the outdoor temp was hovering around 3-5 degrees. The steam rising up from the surface of the water gives everything a magical quality and that sunset just topped the day off perfectly.Read more

  • Day195

    City Park Ice Skating - New Years Eve

    December 31, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    When we visited Budapest 5 years ago in Summer, we visited this park but the lake was drained and we only saw photographs of the frozen ice skating rink but we were captivated by these images and vowed to return to Budapest in Winter to ice skate here.
    There are over a 1000 people skating on the rink and it really is quite terrifying to begin with (particularly with no handrail anywhere to hold on to) but we were determined to be brave and get out there. It was a magical experience - we felt super proud of ourselves and we all managed to survive without injury.Read more

  • Day211


    January 16 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    The weather has been really cold for the past two weeks, lows of -7 and highs of 0 deg if your lucky.
    We decided to have another look around Gellert Hill on the way to the Gellert thermal baths only to find a winter wonderland.

  • Day197

    Day trip on the Children's Railway

    January 2 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ -1 °C

    Mini adventure today taking the Children's Railway (Gyermekvasút) which was built after World War II, and originally called Pioneer's Railway. It is run by children under the supervision of adult railway workers. Children do various types of jobs, from selling tickets to traffic management.
    Getting to the railway involved 2 metro lines and a bus into the hills and was then followed by a short hike through the forest, a climb to a lookout tower, an old chair lift down the hill (passing over lovely old homes and gardens still covered in ice from the morning frost) , a bus back to the city and finally a short walk home!Read more

  • Day192


    December 28, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Lara busting some moves on the ice

  • Day186


    December 22, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    We have arrived in Budapest, our new home for the next month.
    Night views from our large apartment in District 6 Budapest

  • Day2

    Stadtrundfahrt in Buda

    December 30, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☀️ -2 °C

    Wir hatten für diesen Tag eine tolle Stadtführerin und bestes Wetter. Wir haben viel interessanntes gehört und gelesen. Mein Highlight war die Mathiaskirche. Aber auch die Fischerbastei mit den tollen Ausblicken auf Pest. Es war schön, daß die Reiseleiterin auch die Geschichte der Donauschwaben erwähnt hat.Read more

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