We have arrived safely in Budapest! The bus ride wasn’t bad at all. Brooke and I sat in the front row and there was free wifi the entire 3 hour ride, so that was awesome. Wifi is like gold abroad. So we got dropped off at the Budapest international bus station. Yeah, it was a little sketchy. The gypsies here are dressed like cowboys, it is so bizarre. Most people don’t speak English here so communicating is a little difficult at times. We asked for directions from the bus station to our hostel. We are staying at the Wombats in Budapest. The woman at the information desk told us how to get here by using the metro. So we went downstairs, and figured out which metro we needed. The metro here is not even half as nice as the metro in Vienna. This city is noticeably more poor. Oh, and the currency…forget it. It’s impossible to understand. 250HUF (Hungarian money) is equivalent to $1. So when you see something for like 5,000HUF it’s like $20. It’s just so confusing.
We got off the metro, and figured out the direction to Wombats. It started snowing really hard which was no good. We found our hostel, put our stuff in our room and then walked around and grabbed a bite to eat at this traditional Hungarian restaurant called Kantín. Brooke and I had some appetizers, and split Chicken paprika and Mushroom paprika and had dessert and coffee all for the equivalent of €10 each. This place is cheap. While eating, we devised our game plan for our stay in Budapest, we made an itinerary which you will hear more about in the coming blog posts. After our meal, we walked by the opera house which was beautiful. We got to go inside and warm up for a sec which was great.
We walked back to the hostel, got some wifi then hung out for a little then came down to the “Wombar” and socialized with some other hostel people. We met a group of Mexicans and Turkish people that are all studying abroad in Barcelona and a group of girls from Belgium that were here on a school trip and only spoke French. Brooke and I then made our way over to this wine bar called DiVino in the blizzard. It was right by the basilica which was so beautiful at night and in the snow!
We met some strange people from the Netherlands at DiVino and some students from Germany that were studying in Budapest. The Dutch people were showing us card magic tricks…it was just such a strange combination of events. Now we’re back at the hostel and about to go to sleep. We have a big day of touring for tomorrow!