The trip begins!
The bus got to the house at 1:15 Monday morning, and we boarded and drove to the airport. We were in Budapest, Hungary by 7:30 that same morning. The day began with a bus/walking tour of the city, which included both sides: Buda and Pest. We stopped at the largest covered market for coffee and spent some time exploring “Castle Square.” We got to see the Freedom Statue and visited two other historical squares.
We checked into our hotel and Erin, Nicole, and I headed off to the Budapest Zoo. It was kind of small but a lot of fun – I haven’t been to a zoo in forever! We stopped on the way at a little roadside stand for a quick lunch. We did zoo-type things in the afternoon and then headed off to the hot springs. The hot springs in Budapest are natural, ground springs, but they made them into a ton of awesome swimming pools -- and the water is naturally hot! The place was beautiful and a really cool experience.
After that we were super relaxed and headed back to the hotel for a shower and nap. We were beat so pretty much everyone ate dinner at the hotel that night and went to sleep early.
The money in Budapest was really hard to figure out. I’ve had to use so many different types of money since I’ve been here that I can’t keep any of the currencies straight. Basically, though, 1000 Hungarian Forints = 1 USD. I think. It was interesting to try and figure out how much we were actually spending.
The next day a group of us took the metro back to “Castle Square” so we could tour the underground labyrinths. They were really dark and a little creepy, but very cool to see. There was one room with a fountain of wine that we all liked , and a “Labyrinth of Courage” that only Linsey, Me, and Marcie went into. It was just a completely black set of caves you have to find your way around... also kind of scary but fun.
We hopped on the bus just to ride down the hill and got off to spend some time in the local marketplace. I had a sausage for lunch and we all split a really good vanilla sugary-dough-thingy.
So after 2 awesome days in Budapest we had to head back to the hotel to catch the bus to the airport. Next stop: Berlin!