Waking up at 7.45 we quickly checked out of Patio Hostel in Bratislava and made our way to the train station to catch the train to Budapest. And once again we faced the issue of no cafes being open before 10, as we shuffled around the station hoping to find something. At last we settled on a dingy cafe right besides the station that had no breakfast menu, but at least had food. And thereby I ended up eating fried potatoes with garlic for breakfast, while Zuzanna ate pancakes with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. And of course just when we had started eating our very weird breakfast, the waiters walked out with different breakfast plates for the locals stopping by - we had definitely not gotten the memo on that one.
At least we got on the trains with no issues and arrived two and a half hours later in Budapest.
From the get-go, it was obvious that Budapest is a hip young city, and walking toward the Adagio 1.0 Oktagon hostel it amazed me how new and old blended so seamlessly together. And the hostel turned out to be the coolest yet, with an amazing design and setup, especially in the design of the beds, as they where built like little private pods where you are able to draw the curtain.
After check-in, we walked toward the synagogue, on our way stopping at this amazing little street food gathering to buy burgers at Las Vegan’s:
We walked around the synagogue, but decided against going inside, partly because I was wearing shorts and a tank top, but mostly because we didn’t really feel like we were missing out on too much. We continued to the St. Stephan’s Basilica where we sat to marvel at the amazing building (and to rest my knee) - we didn’t go inside as it was closed off because of a back to school arrangement taking place there - before once more continuing on our tour of the Pest side.
We stopped at the breathtaking Parliament to take photos and sit down for a while, enjoying the slightly warmer weather than in Bratislava and the view, before walking a little while by the Danube River and walking up to the Opera, wanting to buy tickets for a concert the same evening. It turned out though that they were under reconstruction and that we therefore couldn’t.
Then began our extremely long walk towards the Heroes’ Square, where we sat by the Millennium Monument before walking a bit further to Varósliget (City Park), here marveling at the Vajdahunyad Castle, which seemed to be taken straight out of a Disney movie.
By now our feet (and my knee) were pretty sore and the sun had started to set, so we took the bus back to the city centre and went to vegan restaurant Veganeria since both of us were craving pasta.
The food was once again amazing (and cheap), and with bursting stomachs, we waddled to the 360 rooftop bar were we with cocktails in hand enjoyed the incredible view over Budapest, occasionally having to huddle together with everyone else under the bar roof as the occasional downpour hit and had everyone running for cover.
We soon walked home though, ready for bed after a long day of travel and walking. And lying in my little pod I felt much more at ease and at home than I had at the other hostels. I might be starting to get used to this.
Fun fact: the currency here is crazy, I paid 6000 HUFs for our combined breakfast, which is about 130 Danish crowns
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