Budapest - The Beauty of the East

Trip Start May 30, 2012
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Trip End Nov 07, 2012


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Flag of Hungary  , Budapest,
Monday, June 11, 2012

Hello all! Have you been anxiously waiting for Part 2 of our Budapest story? Well, I am not as seasoned of a writer as Ryan, but I will do my best to capture the moments shared here. So, as Ryan said in the previous blog entry, we had quite an eventful couple of first days in Budapest. Too eventful actually, as I ended up hurting my ankle somehow. Don't ask me what I did, because I have no idea, but it was/is bruised and swollen. So on our third day here I woke up to a painful surprise. I had to take it easy that day and ice it off and on all morning and afternoon so that I would have a quick recovery, because let's face it, I can't really afford to have a useless ankle right now. Ryan took this as an opportunity to go to one if Budapest's famous mineral baths, because I pretty much loath public swimming places. Ugh. So it actually worked out quite well for him! Haha. So he went out and I stayed in playing Hearts and Cribbage on my iPod. I had major cabin fever when Ry got back at around 1:00 so we went out for a walk. I found this AMAZING vintage clothing store that we stopped in. Brooke, you would absolutely die. It was beyond cool. I bought an incredible vintage leather bag for 15.00 CAD. So after that we walked around for a bit more and then came back and got supper. By then my ankle was hurting again so I had to ice it once more. We sat at a table to play cards and we decided to ask these three girls to join us. Good thing too, because they have turned out to be so incredibly sweet and fun! They are all from Bolton, England and have grown up together. We played Procrastination (also known as Sh!t Head...lol) and taught them Scum. Then today I showed them the vintage store, and we are all watching the England/France game as I am writing this. Also today, Ry and I went to St. Stephen's Basilica and the parliament building. The basilica was gorgeous. We went inside (the Catholic church has this way of asking for a "donation" at the door, but then won't actually let you in until you "donate") and it was breathtaking. We also climbed up to the top tower (after another "donation" of course) where we ate our lunch with a spectacular view of the city. Then we headed to the parliament building, which was equally spectacular, but were unable to get in because it was closed. This was when Ry and I decided to part ways because he wanted to walk to the island part of Budapest, but I thought it best to not overdo it with walking and go back and ice my ankle. Good thing too because when Ryan got back he said he probably walked about 10km. So that has pretty much been our four days in Budapest! We are off to Austria tomorrow morning. Finally a language we can kind of stumble our way through!
I know my entry is super long, but I just want to touch on how beautiful Budapest is. I highly recommend this city. It has so much to see and do and is so pretty. We really enjoyed our time here, but alas, it is time to move on...
Until next time,

Jess
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