Budapest, the best!

Trip Start Jul 08, 2011
Trip End Jul 19, 2011

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Mecure Budapest Korona

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

We arrived in Budapest in the late afternoon to the Mecure Duna Budapest hotel on Sunday. It was not the best location for daytime touring activities, but once again, not a problem since we get bussed everywhere. It was however, right on the blue Danube River and the view from my room was really nice! Since we were hungry some of us decided to walk around and find something to eat...honestly not many stores around the area that were open.There is a Mcdonalds a little down the road, but I think it was closed...or we did not find it until the next day?? The good thing about the hotel location was its proximity to the night clubs we went out to. just over the bridge walking distance to the other side of the river, hang a left for Rio and a right for a whole other experience I will explain in a bit. When it was time for dinner the bus dropped us off in the a nice area with restaurants, where we finally picked a place that of course served goulash haha. That night we walked to RIO, a huge out door club. Since it was Sunday and we got there kind of early, we lounged around and also ran around (it was THAT big) dancing until some more people poured in. I don't know what the drinking age is but the kids who came in were young, and proceeded to take off their shirts! Also, it is customary to pay to use the bathroom, and the toilet paper has to be taken before you go into the stall. Don't forget to take in TP with you! Budapest has great night life, and this was definitely the one of the nightlife highlights of the trip. On our way back from the club we somehow found a schnitzel sandwich shop by the hotel (a staple every time we found one after going out) and then off to bed!
The next day was packed with things to do! It started off with a walking tour to some pretty awesome places....I don't remember the names exactly but the scenery was out of this world. Plenty of kodak moments! Afterwards was the optional tour of the Parliment, which i really enjoyed since we got to see the changing of the guards. The inside is decorated like a palace and well worth it to see. Afterwards our TM led us to a famous indoor Hungarian market with lots of traditional foods and gifts. I bought some Paprika for the fam at home...didn't have much time to spend there though since we had to catch the bus to the Szechany hot spring baths. It was nice to be able to swim in the hot weather, even though the water was very warm. There are several pools indoors with different temperature levels. One was 20 degrees celsius and kind of fun to see who could handle the cold. Not many of us haha.
On our last night of the tour, there was a really nice dinner cruise down the river. Everything was so beautiful, espcially when it got dark out and all the buildings and bridges were lit up. Afterwards we walked to a bar close to Rio. They charged us 1 euro to get in, but well worth it because the bar was basically an outdoor festival. It was the biggest bar I have ever seen. There were multiple bars, food stands, music tents, game areas with foozeball tables, tables/chairs/resting areas, a little pool where people were wading. it was amazing. They had cheap buckets of Mojitos, not as good as the ones in Prague but hey they were served in buckets. After chilling there for a while we headed back to Rio to dance some more. By the time we got back to the hotel it was light out, and some of the boys decided to Toilet Paper the bus as a going away present to our bus driver. Hilarious. What a fun group of people to travel with! The next morning everyone said there goodbyes and left to go home. So sad!!!!
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