Budapest Weekend Trip

As usual, we started the trip with the free walking tour to get a good short intro to the city. We saw pretty much all of the Pest side of the city, and ended up at Parliament, which is definitely most intrinsic and beautiful building in town. Afterwards, we had some great hungarian food and took off on a night boat ride on the river. After a couple drinks, the tour ended, and we headed back to the apartment that we rented. Then we went to one of the coolest bars I’ve ever been to: Szimpla Kert. It is one of the “Ruin Bars” of Budapest. These bars are built in the old Jewish quarter in the ruins of abandoned buildings. The neighborhood was left to decay after WWII, so it was a perfect place to develop an underground bar scene.

The next day we headed over to the other part of the city across of the river, Buda. There we climbed our way up to the top of the hill, saw the castle, cathedral, and the fisherman’s bastion. After that, we headed over to the Gellért Baths & Spa. It is full of thermal waters from Buda’s mineral hot springs. The 35 °C water contains calcium, magnesium, hydrocarbonate, alkalis, chloride, sulfate and fluoride. There were also  saunas, plunge pools (ice cold water), steam rooms, a wave pool, and an effervescent swimming pool. It is possibly the most relaxing 4 hrs of my life! Later that night we went to another popular Ruin Bar called Instant. A lot of fun as well, although my favorite was the other one. After just those 2 nights, I can tell Budapest has an amazing nightlife. Our last day we just went to the Heroe’s monument, walked around the park, and also went in the Contemporary Art Museum. Great weekend trip with the gang!

-Eric

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The Ultimate 2-Week UK Roadtrip

We landed in London and stayed there for a 3 full days and got to see all the highlights. Kensington Park, the Free Walking Tour, went for mass at the Westminster Abbey, the bridge, London Tower, the Natural History & British Museum, Brick Lane, and our favorite pub (and oldest in London), the Cheshire Cheese.

Afterwards we went to Oxford and a friend of a friend showed us around town. It was pretty much a pub crawl that started at 12pm. The next day we went to Bath to take the free walking tour, and we went in the church for the Tower tour which was great. Later that night a friend of a friend gave us VIP treatment at a bar he used to work at… free tequila, espresso martinis, food, a Lamborghini drink… the works! Those two guys that showed us around were way too nice to us.

The next day we picked up our rental car, and after I figured out how to drive on the wrong side of the road, we headed down to the SE area of the UK. We drove through Exmoor national park, Lynton (best Fish & Chips ever!), and then made it to Penzance where we stayed at an old Castle that was turned into a YHA hostel.

In the morning we checked out St Ives, then an old roman settlement called Chysauster. Later that afternoon we went to Minack Theatre and St Michaels Mount. That night we stayed in Falmouth, a small fisherman town. It just so happened to be Monday Madness at our hostel, so we had great pizzas and cheap drinks.

The next day we went to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and then to Tintagel Castle, where the legendary King Arthur was born apparently.

The next day we drove all the way up to York and caught the free walking tour there. Amazing city, with a really great street called “The Shambles”. The next day we walked through Durham for a couple hours, and we left the best for last: Edinburgh.

There we took the free Walking Tour, went to our favorite bar in Edinburgh, The Queens Arms, had Haggis for lunch, and at night we went Scottish Dancing, which has to be the funnest way to dance in the world. The next day we walked around a little creek, had a picnic, then walked through New Town until we reached Calton Hill for the best views of the city. The last day we went to the Art Gallery and walked the whole Royal Mile. During our 3 days in Edinburgh, we tried at least 25 different Scotch Whiskies, and pretty much all of them were AMAZING! Our favorites were: Aberlour Abunadh, Auchentoshan 3 wood, Laphroaig Quarter Case, Bowmore 12, Balvenie Doublewood, and Lagavulin 16.

It was a amazing 2 week trip. Now back to classes!