Budapest: For business and for pleasure!
Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
72Trip End Oct 30, 2010
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Where I stayed
The hostel is in an apartment block with a lovely old courtyard in the middle. The hostel itself is tiny. It is owned and run by a lovely Argentinian man who was very eager to show us what Budapest has to offer. There are only 3 rooms and a common room, which is also the reception and kitchen. Because the hostel is so small everyone has been really sociable. There were a group of young English lads here when we arrived, on their last holiday together before they start uni
We went for a nap almost straight away, and it was awesome!
The next day we had some business to attend to... to find the Embassy of Belarus and try to get a transit visa! I had stupidly decided against getting a transit visa for Belarus before we left as I thought we could go around it to get to Moscow. It turns out that all the trains to Moscow go through Belarus.
Eventually, after a lot of walking in the wrong direction in a very dodgy looking part of Buda (we are staying on the Pest side of the river), we found a small villa with a tiny buzzer which stated that it was the Embassy of Belarus. We were buzzed in, and within a few minutes had filled out an application form, given them our passports and were told to come back on Wednesday to collect them. It was that simple (I had been stressing for days as I thought there would be a huge queue and application at the embassy might not be possible)! We were a bit nervous about not having our passports for a few days, but were more than happy to have to extend our stay in Budapest.
It was still quite early when we left the embassy (I had forced Dave to get up mega early as I was convinced that we would be queuing for hours), so we took the metro back to Pest and had a walk around the centre
Budapest is such a stunning city and the atmosphere is really laid back. The Danube river is spectacular, especially at night. There are great statues all over the city, and the architecture, although not particularly grand in size, is very impressive.
That night we went out for cocktails at a bar called Morrison's (not to be mistaken for the supermarket). It was quite a treck to get there, but the walk along the Danube... and the 500 forint cocktails (about 1 pound 50) made the walk well worth it!
Unfortunately that night I was ill.
The thing we were most excited about doing whilst in Budapest was visiting the thermal baths! They didn't disappoint. It took us a while to figure out where to go and how to get to the changing rooms, but once we were changed and ushered in the right direction we got into our first pool which was inside. The main attraction had to be the outside area! It had 3 pools, a whirlpool and jacuzzi, and benches and sun loungers around the edges. It was a gloriously hot day, not a cloud in the sky. We went in the whirlpool first! It was great fun. Then we tried the other pools. The second pool was freezing, so we went in then came strait back out. The third pool however, was 38°C... and absolute heaven! We almost melted with relaxation the moment we got in
I don't really remember the walk home, all I remember is feeling like jelly for the rest of the day. Dave said he felt really lightheaded and clean.
When we got back to the hostel some new people had moved in to the room we were in. Jo from Chester and Tom from Leeds. We went out for a drink with them that evening at a really chilled out bar. It was great to have new people to socialise with.
On Wednesday our passports were ready to collect! After collecting them, complete with a new visa inside (yay!), we had another walk around the city. We came across a Dutch-Hungarian charity shop and I bought the most amazing pair of jeans! I was so happy!
That night we went out with Jo and Tom to celebrate getting our visas
Amy and Dave xx
P.S. Is that a suitable update Bec? Lol.