Budapest, Hungary

Trip Start Feb 23, 2010
Trip End Jun 21, 2010

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Well, I believe I last left off saying that we were leaving a day early for Budapest. The intent was to leave Thursday, May 20th, on a night train, but because of the flood in Krakow, classes were cancelled so we decided to leave Wednesday, the 19th instead. Turns out it was a good thing we left a day sooner because our train that was suppose to arrive at 8:30am, didn't arrive until almost 1pm because we had to wait for a connecting train that was stuck somewhere due to the flood. Megan (A girl who goes to Simpson College in Iowa but is spending the semester in Krosno, a town 3 hours away from Krakow) came the following day and the same thing happened for her. So by the time we got to our hostel and cleaned up it was after 3, so we just walked around the city for a couple of hours.

The next day we took the free walking tour, which had a crazy, but awesome tour guide! This was a great way to see the main points of the city while hearing some stories and history of it as well. Which, by the way, I learned that the rubrics cube originated in Hungary! Also, Budapest is not pronounced as buda-pest, just as it looks…but in Hungarian, the "s" actually has the sound of an “sh”, so it would be pronounced as Buda-Pesht!

Anyway, because Megan’s train was late as well we met up with her after the tour, grabbed something to eat, and then walked around for a while again. Then Saturday we spent most of the day at one of Budapest’s most popular baths, something Budapest is known for! We got the pass for access to all of the pools and saunas. This place had about 13 indoor pools and 3 outdoor ones. We stayed outside the entire time because it was actually hot and sunny out, something we hadn’t seen in Poland for quite some time! Each of the three pools outside were at different temperatures though, which was really nice! After that we walked around for a while again, saw Hero’s Square, then went out on a pub crawl that night with our hostel.

Sunday we went to Europe’s largest synagogue, hiked up Gellert Hill (the highest point in Budapest) for an AMAZING view of the city, then walked around some more main attractions. We then took the night train back to Krakow, arriving early Monday morning.

Budapest was a beautiful city and I would definitely love to go back again sometime. It’s just such a big city, there was soo much that we never even saw. Overall it turned out to be a great weekend in a sunny place that we unfortunately had to leave and go back to the rain and gloom in Poland.

That week and weekend, though, we stayed in Krakow. It was getting to the end of classes so we actually had to do some homework…haha! But it was ok, because then we were off to Barcelona, Spain…which is my next entry!

Take care,


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Cassie on

Long time, no chat, dear! I think your parents are over yonder with you, though, so I'm hoping that's good! Can't wait to see you when you get back! I want to hear you explain all your pictures in person! Love you!

chelseahackman on

Oh thanks dear, you are like the only one that ever leaves comments anymore, so thanks! haha! My parents aren't here yet...they will be in 2 days though!! I'm soo excited! I will be home in 2 weeks from today! Can't wait to see you then!! Love you!! :)

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