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Thursday, 30 June 2016

TRAVEL: Budapest





If my trip to Barcelona last year was defined by the value Catalonians place on their art, then visiting Budapest showed how Hungary can exemplify the best of grandeur and grassroots, and seamlessly integrate both into daily life. With pubs in the middle of ruined buildings a block across from the gilt and splendour of the most beautiful cafe in the world, although its recovery from the past is slow it feels like nothing can stop Budapest flowering for long.

I spent four days and four nights just soaking the place up; it's my first visit to central Europe and it has a very different vibe from the Mediterranean. Though I found that really difficult to get used to initially, I pretty quickly fell in love - Budapest has the extensive and detailed history that is characteristic of the area, and I split my days learning about it in the day then visiting the ruin bars in the evening.

Depressing as it was to return to the real world and wake up to news of a Brexit, I'm really keen to try the rest of the Hapsburg triumverate soon (regardless of whether I'm going to need a visa or not).


Has anyone else been away recently? What's happening in everyone's lives? I've been sleeping enough for three after graduating and moving out and finishing work all in the one week, but I want to know what everyone else is doing!


     


6 comments:

  1. I know what you mean. In March I got back from two years of my life in Job Corps, a sort of...vocational, educational...bah, to sum it up I lived on three campuses in the past two years and...yeah. Lots of sleeping, lazing about and weight gaining ensued after leaving. I'm now trying to get back into the swing of things...

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    1. Yeah, it's really hard to into good routines once you get out of them. Definitely worth it once you do, though!

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  2. I enjoyed looking at your pictures on instagram. seems like a cool trip! I'd love to go to Europe again

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    1. Thanks! It's definitely worth a visit.

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