Monday, March 24, 2014

Budapest, Hungary

I meant to post this ages ago, oops!

But here we are nearly a month and a half after my trip.. just roll with it!

I  kinda loved Budapest.. So, fair warning, this is going to be a photo heavy post!  We ate at the coolest restaurants, we went to vintage boutiques, we toured beautiful churches, we walked across the famous Chain Bridge and explored the Pest side too. Because -- little known fact -- until 1875 Budapest was actually two rival cities (Buda and Pest) split by the Danube River.

We had a ton of fun and I loved the vibe here. it felt like an up and coming hipsters dream mixed with a beautiful architecture dating back to the Austro-Hungarian empire when Budapest and Vienna co-ruled the region. so keep on keepin' on Budapest, I like your style. 

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meet my roommate Marina, she is okay I guess :)
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during the every other season of the year, this castle is an island, surrounded by a large moat, but during the winter they dam up the pond and create a massive ice rink in front of the castle! and if the whole thing could get any cooler, let's not overlook the Hogwarts vibe that castle is giving.
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largest synagogue in Europe! also adjacent to the building is a memorial for Hungarian Jews who lost their life's during the Holocaust, plus a museum of Jewish history in Budapest. really interesting stuff.
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the basilica that was right next to our apartment
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the wall behind me said "the birth of the cool"... not quite sure I fit that description. but I did buy this hipster-y black beanie at a cool vintage shop in Budapest. So do I get cool points for that?
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^^ see what I mean about eclectic cafes? this is where we went to dinner on Valentine's day!
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it was a little blustery, it was a little cold, it was a lot of walking, but it was a perfect February weekend break! Valentines Day can kinda be the worst sometimes, so I was happy to have an adventure with good friends to keep me positive. exploring the world is what I love most at the moment, so it was a fitting valentine's weekend adventure.

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