As you may not know, I make it a mission to blend in wherever I go, even though standing at 5’10” its pretty hard to do. But in places like London, Milan, even Cologne, I blended in pretty well. You didn’t realize I wasn’t a local until I opened my mouth and you heard my “American Midwestern Accent”.
Well, in Budapest, as soon as I stepped onto the plane at LHR to BUD, I received stares, glares, and anything else you could think of. The stewardess even asked me “so what brings you to Budapest?”. I stumbled a bit with my answer, other than the famous baths, I knew nothing of the city. All I knew was that I was meeting one of my best friends there and we were prepared to see what Budapest was about.
Night 1 was definitely interesting. We stayed in Buda, which to my knowledge is the older part of the city, its separated by a river and once you make it to this side its a pretty steep hike to the top. Buda is home to many museums, castles, and cathedrals, as well as the occasional gothic-style architecture that makes you think you left the 2000s and stepped into Dracula’s lair.
Aah, don’t fret, Dracula is Romanian, so technically not his lair but definitely a cousin whom was twice removed.
It was also the night Hungarians celebrated St. Stephens day. There I was thinking it’s completely normal to greet every American with fireworks… This party was not for me, I was the girl who showed up uninvited… but I had my dancing shoes on and I was going to dance!
Walking around Buda felt a lot like being transported into a portable time capsule. While everything was somewhat modern, there were so many remnants of the past. Like these vintage Houdini posters for a magic show that was held at the shop we refused to go into. (Sorry not sorry, those flyers did not look very welcoming)
Actually, now that I think about it. The statues didn’t look very friendly either but I assume that’s the point. Cool to look at, but don’t touch! Fear invoked, good job.
One thing we thoroughly enjoyed was visiting the Gellért Baths. A must if you plan on visiting!
Welcome to the vibrant and hip side, Pest. I feel like once we moved to our Airbnb in Pest our attitudes changed immediately. Moving to Pest reminded me of spending the summer at your Gran’s house, then a week later your cousins show up. Pest = Cousins. It was so refreshing and felt less vampy. Even the people hosted more smiles on their face.
After being acclimated to the change in culture, the days and nights were filled with adventure, fun, and lots of Rośe.
All in all it was a great trip for us. Thanks for keeping it weird Budapest, we’ll be back 🙂