Top 3 city list that is, after London and Sydney of course!
31st March- Budapest (rest day)
There’s free breakfast at this hostel and boy did I get my money’s worth! It’s a great idea, because no backpacker can refuse a free meal so it means everyone sits together for breakfast and socialises together.
I left around 10am to go on a walking tour of the city as it seems I only covered a small part of it yesterday. The tour lasted 3 hours and took us to Saint Stephens basilica, which reminding me a lot of St. Paul’s cathedral only dare I say more stunning, Matthias church, some important statues and other points of interest.
Our guide taught me a lot about the city and Hungary in general; that there are 44 letters in the alphabet, making Hungarian one of the hardest languages to learn, communism ended in 1989, the word for cheers sounds a lot like a drunken drawl “I guess I could drive”, the Rubix cube and safety matches were invented by Hungarians. These are just the ones I remember from the top of my head.
After the tour I had lunch then headed for one of the many Turkish baths with two girls I met at the hostel. My neck and shoulders have really started to ache from the cycling so I couldn’t wait to just sit and relax. Back in the day these baths are where men would come to speak about politics without the worry of spies or anyone recording their conversations. Today the old local men play chess in the pool, with chessboards on pillars in there or cards by the side of the pools. The one we visited was massive, with indoor and outdoor pools as well as sauna and ice bath- such a perfect way to spend my day off the bike. I could have stayed in longer, but my stomach was talking to me again so we left and went to what I thought was going to be just a standard sandwich shop. The guys in the hostel had been raving about this place, so I had to check it out. By the size of the line it was clearly a renowned place- cool music blaring, Star Wars themed menus and decor and omg the sandwich I had was one of the best I’ve ever eaten, I can’t even begin to describe how good it was.
Afterwards we went to a ruin bar called szimpla. There’s tonnes of these all over the city, literally ruins that have been turned into funky bars, with gravity on the walls and quirky objects everywhere. I wish I’d taken photos to try and explain better. They had shisha here and I looove shisha, so we got one for the table. There was a bunch of young Americans from the hostel who had never tried it before, so that was cute watching them learn.
Went back to the room and had the Dracula guy complaining about the noise- I don’t think he’s stayed in a hostel before!