So because I need a study break.... here it goes, the second part of my adventure to Budapest!
As mentioned previously we took a bus to Budapest from Prague. It was a lengthy bus ride, about 7 hours, but like the train ride it was nearly as long as I thought it would be. It gave me a good break to recoop, while still seeing some of the Czech and Hungarian countryside as well as jot a few things down in my journal.
It was on this trip that I realized how near the time is coming for me to go home. I am a little bit torn about this subject but the more time passes the more I realize that i'm really looking forward to it. I can't wait to see my family and friends! I will be sad to leave Europe and this lifestyle of traveling to new places every weekend, but it will also be nice to be stationed in one place for awhile. Traveling is exhausting.
We arrived in Budapest and hopped on the metro to find our hostel as usual. We were really pretty fortunate both in Prague and Budapest that we stayed in pretty nice hostels for really cheap. Again we had to exchange our money this time to Forints. Same process as before. Been there, done that. After we grabbed some lunch where we got some advice from some people sitting at our table of what was worth seeing.
We headed up to the castle hill, which had some really great views of the city and also a really laid back feel. I spent some time wandering around and enjoying the warm weather.
|St. Stephen's Basilica|
|Budapest Chia Pet!|
|From the top of Castle Hill|
|National Archives building for Hungary|
|Buda side of Budapest|
|Hungarian Jewish WWII memorial|
|Famous Chain Bridge, that was destroyed during WWII|
|Out at the ruin bar!|
The next day we did a walking tour of the city which covered most of the places we had been before with a few fun facts thrown in. After we went to the House of Terror Museum which was the secret headquarters of the Nazi's in Hungary during WWII. VERY interesting and took most of the day. By the end of the museum visit we needed a little bit of break both physically and mentally so we went to take a quick rest back at the hostel and then head to the Turkish baths.
|Matthias Church, atop castle hill|
|Terror Haza (House of Terror)|
After an exhausting weekend I still had a project due on Monday, so I finished up my things at school and crashed for the next 2-3 days. Hungary was a beautiful exotic city with so much history, once again i'm glad for the opportunity to see such a cool place!
|Sunrise from the airport|
|Returning to a rainy Monday morning|