Friday, May 24, 2013


May 24, 2013 6:50 PM—Budapest

Yesterday morning we left Zagreb and set out for Budapest. We had quite the journey. Our train which was supposed to take 6 and a half hours ended up taking 9 and a half hours (I thought stuff like that only happened in Uganda...go figure). Because they were fixing the train tracks we had to get off the train at one point and get on a bus to get to the other side. This involved the border crossing (which took forever) and it took about an hour and a half. When we arrived at the station on the other side we apparently missed the train we were supposed to take and we got one that was leaving shortly after we arrived, but it took forever. There were some stations in the middle of nowhere that we would sit at for about 20 minutes. Don't ask me why...

Needless to say we arrived at our hostel at about 8 PM last night. This morning we set off early. We must have seen everything in this city. We started by taking our own little walking tour. We walked across the river to the Buda side of the city and then we crossed back over into Pest. At 11 AM we took a free walking tour of the city, which was 3 hours long. And then we really saw everything. We saw everything from the Opera house and the 2 main churches to the bridges, the castle and the changing of the guard at the presidential residence. It wasn't the best free walking tour I've ever been on, but it was pretty good nonetheless.

The Danube River

The Opera House

Inside the Opera House

St. Stephen's Basilica

Matthias Church

The Changing of the Guard


Our walking tour ended on the Buda side of the river, so we crossed back over to Pest and went to see the inside of the main cathedral. After that we walked back down towards our hostel to go to a museum called The House of Terror, which is where the Nazis and the Communists both set up camp in Budapest at different periods of time.

Now we are back at our hostel relaxing for a short time before we go out to get dinner and see the city by night. Today was really exhausting but totally worth it. Budapest is amazing! I really wish I had more time here. There is just so much to see and do. I could have spent a week in Budapest alone. But we are leaving here tomorrow. We are taking a short day trip to Bratislava, which is the capital of Slovakia and then we are continuing on to Vienna where we will be spending 3 nights. So far, I'm 1 month in and still going strong. I can't wait to see what the rest of this trip has to bring.

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