A day in Budapest

November 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

8am: I wake up in my hostel room in Budapest, Hungary. The hostel is a converted 18th century baroque residence across the street from Hero’s Square and the City Park. Thanks to it being low season my travel buddy, Kathy, and I have the room to ourselves.

10am: We return from a run in the Park, shower and are on our way downtown for some exploring.

While walking down the beautiful boulevards of Budapest we stop and sketch. While sketching a friendly old Hungarian man covered in age spots and hair growing out of his ears stops to chat. In broken English he asks about what we are studying.  He tells us a bit about his experience in California and how he was tricked by American propaganda…whatever that means.

11am: we arrive in the City Center and are quickly distracted by shopping. Budapest’s cheap prices are just too good to pass up! We stumble upon a quirky design shop where everything side is painted white. I stock up on postcards.
We continue our shopping journey and find more cheap and eclectic shops.

2pm: we are famished and take a break at our new favorite restaurant The Hummus Bar to enjoy a bowl of hummus, chicken, vegetables and homemade pita.
I am starting to feel drained, so naturally, it’s coffee time! We stop by one of Budapest’s thousand cafes and I grab a quick latte. The to-go cup has a fun sippy-cup top…perfect, they must know I am prone to spilling.

3:30pm: another great find…world class chocolate store. We spend way too long examining the overpriced and delicious sweets before caving in and buying some delectables for ‘souvenirs.’

4:30pm: we watch the red sun set over the Dunube River and head to the Central Market. The market is a historic building filled with vendors selling everything from paprika to Hungaian souvenir magnets. We spend a good two hours roaming the market and buy way too many gifts. We meet a vendor from Nigeria and have a great twenty minute conversation with him about cheese and Yugoslavia.  This is definitely the best central market I have ever experienced!

7pm: we head over A38, a docked boat on the Dunube River that is home to a restaurant and concert venue. We order hot chocolate and a chocolate streusel. Hot chocolate was what I got! The most delicious liquid chocolate in a cup topped with whip cream…all for under $2.

8pm: we head downstairs to the concert venue where Schradinova, a Dutch blues-rock-jazz band plays one of the best concerts I have ever attended.

10pm: the concert ends and we start our trek back to the hostel, enjoying the fresh autumn air and people watching along the way.

11:30pm: return to our hostel, slip on pjs and start writing all those postcards!

Now: reflecting on a wonderful day and how blessed we are to travel.

I love seeing the world.

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