Monday, July 9, 2012

Budapest Lessons

*Photos courtesy of Kasey's phone. No laptop means nowhere to upload the photos from my camera to.

What I've learned in Budapest thus far:

1. The city is divided into two sides. The Buda side and the Pest side. Everyone will tell you that you'll like the Buda side more, but this expectation will result in forming the opposite opinion. Buda is nice and pretty, but Pest is authentic, lively and active. I prefer the latter.

2. Hungarians will deep fry everything, even their pizza. It's important to just let go and enjoy regardless. Read: ignore the feeling of your arteries clogging and just go for it.

3. Hungarian goulash is delicious, but it's the other traditional Hungarian meals (with names I could never hope to spell or pronounce) that are true magic.

4. Budapest is the most walkable city in the history of ever and buying a train pass is stupid.(Read: We bought train passes. Stupid.)

5. Ask a local where the locals eat and drink and go there. Will yield wonderful results.

6. Medieval Catholics will consider a naturally mummified arm a miracle and put it on display in a church for all to see.

7. If there's ever a building that gets bombed out in a war, I shouldn't reconstruct the ruins, I should just stick a bar in it and call it grundge chic - I'll get rich real quick.

8. In Hungary, saying "Thank you" to a waiter before getting your change back is the equivalent of saying "keep the change." And beware: once given, no take-backsies.

9. Communism sucked.

10. Three days is truly not enough for this magnificent city. I'm quite sad to be leaving so soon...and will certainly be back.


Jenna said...

Looks beautiful and sounds like you're having a wonderful time :) I loooove eastern Europe and would love to do a three month backpacking trip through all of it one day. So far, just Croatia and Bosnia - just enough to leave one craving for more! Can't wait for more pics!


Robyn said...

brill- looks fab

Daily Photo 2012 said...

I know this is weird, but I just never thought of going to Budapest before! Now it's quickly climbing up my list of places to see! - Jenna

jackie said...

is it bad that i don't even know where Budapest is? i love that you're so well traveled and are learning things in every city- that's going to be something that your babies just love about you. happy traveling!

engquist said...

isn't it amazing how much you can learn in just a few days of being someplace new? I love that aspect of travel! looks like an amazing trip!

eighteenthofmay said...

The architecture in these photos looks amazing! And I love your skirt :)

Mimi Finerty said...

Oh I am jealous that you get to sight see a whole new wonderful city and I am mostly jealous about the food you are consuming. Deep fried anything is worth the artery clogging feeling, anyway there's a rule...your on holiday so anything goes!

The Adventurer said...

A. You are just pretty frakkin' cute in that lace top. That you know, I love.
B. I am in on this bar in a bombed building business plan. Just saying.
C. You had me at artery-clogging. Boom, I'm headed to Budapest.

photography4thecreator said...

I absolutely love your blog, and hearing of your most glorious travels around the world (although I must say I am quite jealous ;) oh, and I absolutely adore your style so keep the inspiring posts coming!

Janelle - J.P Photography

bhrett @ lost in relocation said...

Have you eaten Paprikás Csirke?! You must eat the Paprikás Csirke!

K. said...

Aww Budapest is a magical city!

Madeline Grace said...

My sister lives in Budapest! Once again I'm so jealous of your adventures! I do get to go to Budapest next year though!

Sara Louise said...

I'm definitely going to keep #8 in mind because that would totally suck!

Alex Butts said...

Budapest was my favorite surprise in Europe thus far! And too funny about the waiters. And isn't their currency crazy?? The Forint is just overwhelming math wise


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