Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
36Trip End Jun 01, 2009
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The tour was interesting, our guide took us through parts of the old town, and explained lots of details of the statues and buildings. There are lots of statues in Budapest and many different squares that seem to pop out of nowhere. We walked over the Chain Bridge to the Buda side and walked up Castle Hill and explored around there
There is this one statue that he showed us of a man riding a horse. The horses testicles are very shiny and it is said that if you rub them, you will have good luck with your relationship. I gave them a thorough rub! I did it for you Hartley! Haha. After about 10 minutes of that, kidding, we went to a cafeteria style Hungarian restaurant where we ended our tour. Here the guide showed us a good place to go out at night, so me, Claudia, Anne and Adam made plans to meet up and head to some of these places
After the tour I went back to Vaci Utca and walked down towards the Great Market Hall. This is a building that is 2 levels and sells everything from souvenirs, meat, cheese, produce and food. I picked up some souvenirs and had some Hungarian Langos. I have read that this is very typical food and needed to give it a try. It was really tasty and very cheap (about 2 dollars) and very filling! Not particularly good for you though. It is like a pizza, but the bread is some sort of pastry, with sour cream spread all over it, and covered with cheese and ham. I am so craving a salad right now!!! Walking back to the hotel I ran into two people I met at my hostel in Prague on the street. Crazy small world! We chatted for a bit and they told me that they just ran into another person from that hostel.
I needed to book an overnight sleeper compartment to Brasov for Saturday and headed to the closest train station, Nyugati (Budapest has three). This train station was a flashback of the past! It looked like it hasn't been updated in the last 50 years. All the signs were faded and peeling off the walls. I managed to book my compartment and luckily I wrote down all the details as the attendant didn't speak English very well. I am a little nervous about this train ride as when I was pulling into Budapest, I saw the train from Brasov and it looked like the oldest, dirtiest train ever
Later on I met up with Claudia, Anne and Adam and we headed out to find this one bar called Instant. We ended up circling the block for awhile and when we found it, it was closed. So we found this other bar that had some guy playing the guitar of some really bad songs. He sang the Friends theme song need I say more....The drinks were very cheap and we ordered some Unicum which is a liquor that is a Hungarian specialty. It tasted like cough syrup! We washed it down with a beer and then a tequila shot. We were headed out to this other bar and stopped at a 24 hour mini market (which are everywhere) and got a half mickey of Palinka, another drink popular in these parts, and it was worse than the Unicum! It tasted like nail polish remover. Even in our drunken stupor we couldn't drink it straight. I picked up some Fanta and we mixed it and it was a little better. We walked to the girls hostel as one was going to stay back and we ended up hanging out there for a bit. After that I was pretty tired and I headed (well stumbled) back to my hotel.