Ok, so it wasn't so much luck as it was that everything that could go wrong, didn't go wrong. I suppose I'd heard, and continue hearing, all these horror stories from friends and classmates about their travels and Alana and I never ran into the kind of things that could have happened.
|View from the Danube|
Anyway, on to the things you actually want to hear. And I promise, I will write more about those horror stories later because if they weren't true they would be almost comical.
On the bus ride to our hostel in Budapest, or more specifically Pest since we were staying in that side of the city, I could already see a marked difference from Italy. I don't want to say it was greyer, but...definitely a bit more rundown? Not in a bad way, but more of a "I could see this country used to be in the Soviet Union" kind of way. The city itself definitely didn't reflect that though, and it was absolutely not what I expected it to be.
|Inside Matthias Church|
Our hostel itself was nice, the building it was located in was...not. It was located on the 3rd floor of an apartment building whose lobby was run down and graffitied and they had the tiniest elevator I've ever seen. The rooms were nice, though, and the hostel had free breakfast so we couldn't complain.
We got in around 6pm or so and were so tired all we did was eat a dinner at this tiny cafe down the block and took a night walk around town before passing out. Our walk was actually incredibly beautiful, we made our way to the Danube after stumbling on to Szent Istvan Bazilika (St. Stephen's Basilica) and saw a lot of the important landmarks prettily lit up at night.
|Ceiling View of Szimpla Bar|
|Dat view tho|
|St. Stephen's Hand|
More on that next post.
P.S. If anyone is planning on going to Budapest, it's a wonderful trip and I highly recommend it. But please be warned, their escalators move super fast and will either traumatize you or ruin you for all other escalators (I mean, really, who decided that the standard speed of escalators should be so slow??)
P.P.S Hungarian is impossible, do not attempt.