Hungarian capital appeared to be a pain in my ass. But a very beautiful one. Don’t let me be misunderstood: I just was cycling too much 🙂
The road reminded me on Ukrainian so much: sometimes cycling ways were suddenly ending up with quite big border stones, or the paths in the parks were like at the picture right down… Anyways, I like it a lot!
And my enthusiasm to explore more about Budapest was a good anesthesia, as well as the warmest welcome I got from Eszter and her family. Meeting her was one of the best things which could happen to me, so my hugest köszönöm again and again. Besides that, I knew some more nice pipol’ in the city, so basically I’ve never walked alone.
Having used my usual approach “get lost on foot and get lost on bicycle”, I’ve seen quite a lot of “must-see” places. What should I say… A well known thing: it is a really beautiful and diverse city. It’s relatively cheap. People speak English quite good. Shields in Hungarian almost always have English “dubbing”, so it’s a bit better that Catalan/Spanish ONLY in Barcelona 🙂 Old ladies look very similar to Ukrainian ones, can’t explain why. Same about metro wagons – almost like in Kyiv, seriously. And it seems like 1/10 of the population works as public transport controllers 🙂 You are controlled everywhere, really!
Bathhouses in Budapest are really good. I’ve been to St. Lukacz Bath, tried every single pool (two + jacuzzi outside, +24, +27, +32, +37 inside), and left after 3.5 hours very satisfied. Can’t tell anything about prices, because I bought 48-hours card for 7500 HUF. It gave me “free” public transport, two city tours (in Buda and Pest), entrance to 4 museums and the bathhouse, and also discount for this bicycle rental. There are much more options, but I had 3 days only, so it was already something.
What really impressed me, was not the castle, not the Parliament, not party opportunities, but Jewish part of the city. It was an affection from the first sight, first piece of pita with hummus and falafel… Probably I’ve tried more of Jewish food than of Hungarian one during my trip, but it was just impossible to resist. In Hungarian cuisine there are a lot of meat dishes and different kinds of pastry, so I was a bit limited in choice; the same, actually, I can say about Poland… Those are the places where one gets fat if one tries everything, not just Georgia 🙂
In general, Budapest gave me a strange feeling of being the most touristic tourist on Earth. I’ve never felt like that since a long time, and I wouldn’t say it was a pleasure. Probably it was upon the language and need to check out the map more often… Anyways, those three days were not enough, and there is a serious need to come back and see more of the country!
Btw, people write those things on t-hirts about bad boys and Budapest, and bad girls and Germany… I don’t think I am that bad, but Germany is experienced with making miracles. Follow the updates, there will be interesting things 😉