To be honest, Hungary has never been on my list of places I wanted to travel to. I didn’t know anything about the culture, the history, the food, the language, the architecture, etc. So when I was given the opportunity to go, I took the chance, going head first to a place I knew nothing about. It was a little scary, intimidating, and thrilling, but every second I was there was undeniably worth it the feeling of unfamiliarity.
So… first things first. I guess I should mention why I went in the first place if it wasn’t on my list of places to see. My dad is an architect and he was lucky enough to be offered a spot at a convention in Budapest. He obviously accepted and booked flights for my mom, my sister, and me to tag along. While he was in meetings and dinners and conferences that we didn’t need to/couldn’t attend, we explored Budapest on our own.
The next day was more exploring.
We roamed the grounds of Buda and visited the Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, and many, many churches. (Obviously they have other names in Hungarian but I would absolutely butcher it if I tried. I’m sorry.) We also ate some Chimney Cakes and let me tell ya - not to be dramatic, but I would give my left arm to eat another Kürtőskalács (chimney cake).
The final day in Budapest started at 4am.
We packed our suitcases, showered, and checked out. We walked across a bridge, admiring the quietness of the Danube at 6am.
We arrived at the Gellert Baths ready for whatever we were about to experience. Let me tell you, these thermal baths (the water was 70+ degrees!) were everything I had hoped and dreamed about. Maybe it was because it was 7am and the place was nearly empty. There were no screaming kids, no loud talkers. There was only silence and warmth.
Have you been to Budapest? If I were to go back (and I really want to!) what are some things I should check out?
Send me a message - I’d love to hear from you.