Well. Today something very annoying happened. Brooke and I got up and the plan was to go to the big central indoor market and then to the Gellert Baths for the day. So we went to the metro, we get on the train, and when we got off, metro system officials were randomly checking tickets, AS WE GOT OFF THE TRAIN. So of course I can’t find my most recent ticket and I got a ticket and got fined…8,000HUF, about $40. I was so pissed. Who checks tickets AFTER you get off the train?! So byeeeeee $40. I have to look on the bright side though and thank god if was only $40. If you don’t validate your ticket on the main trains, you can be fined like €300 or more. In Vienna, if you are caught without a ticket, you are fined something like €1,000. All the European transportation fines are ridiculous. So yeah. That sucked. Also, thank god it was only money and I didn’t get arrested or anything like that.
So then we walked over to the market, and ate some breakfast/lunch. We got this Hungarian bread/pizza/sandwich called a làngo. It was dough, sour cream, and cheese. Interesting. Then we also split a sweet cottage cheese strudel and a poppy seed strudel which is a traditional Hungarian pastry. The poppy seed was interesting also. The cottage cheese one kind of tasted like a blintz. In total, we spent like $3 each on everything.
After the market, we crossed a bridge, and went to the Gellert Hotel, a big natural hot spring bathhouse. It was interesting. It is considered to be the “nice” one, but I guess it’s all relative in Eastern Europe. We changed into our suits and sat in all the different temperature pools and went into the sauna and steam rooms. It was beautiful architecturally. The tile work was really nice. Unfortunately, I don’t have photos because you aren’t allowed to take pictures inside. The people that were there were strange, and this place didn’t seem like the cleanest place in the world. After a few hours in the pools, we got messages. Again, not the best message, but they were only $20, so I guess that explains it. Overall, awesome experience. So glad I saw it and did it all, but it was a little dirty and smelly hahaha.
We showered after our messages, then went to a cafe to grab coffees and some wifi. I got a Facebook message from Dylan Sklare asking about Budapest because him and his friends were coming to Budapest next on their spring break, and his location settings on his messages said that he was in Budapest. They told us that they were coming on Thursday, but they were wrong and they were in Budapest a day earlier than we thought! Great news. So the boys came and met Brooke and I at the Wombats hostel and we all went to dinner together at our favorite place, Hummus Bar. After dinner, we hung out at the hostel and then went back to the crazy bar Szimpla Kert, where we went the night before. After Szimpla, we just went home and said goodbye to our friends again.