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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Prague – Weekend Trip

Haley and I took a weekend trip to Prague and stayed with our friends Hector and Meagan. We went to the Hemingway bar (for some amazing Absinthe & Cuban cigars), Usudu (awesome bar), the Ice Pub, U Parlamentu (the best Czech food), and the Strahov Monastery restaurant for the best beer. We saw most of the city’s highlights such at the Tower in the main Plaza, the Castle, Charle’s Bridge, and the amazing view from the Metronome.

-Eric

How to have the best weekend in Austin

One of my best buddies since 5th grade came to visit me from Querétaro this past weekend. I love showing people around, and he could only stay for a couple days, so I crammed as much of Austin as I could in 4 days. It was epic. If you’re only going to be in Austin for a couple days, make sure to read this!

The first day was a typical Friday night: P. Terry’s double cheese burger with grilled onions, jalapeños, and extra special sauce. Afterwards we went barhopping to 6th st… I know we went to The Blind Pig Pub, Shakespeare’s, and the Aquarium, but I only have a couple blurred memories of that night haha.

The second day started out with rock climbing at the Greenbelt. I love Seismic wall, even if it is really crowded during the weekends. We stayed climbing for about 4 hours, then I took him to possibly my favorite place to eat in town: Gourdough’s! Donut Burgers… must I say more?

The third day I took him to have the BEST BBQ IN THE WORLD: Franklin’s. I cannot explain how good this place is. You have to wait in line for about 3-4hrs, but the brisket and ribs are worth every second of the wait. Simply AMAZING. I can’t say enough about this place… After filling our bellies,  we went paddleboarding on the lake for the first time. So much fun. We paddled all the way up to Red Bud Island in less than an hour, and it cost $15… After that we went to a friends apt complex to cook outside by the pool and watch the Superbowl.

For his last day, I took him to a sweaty yoga class that I love to go to at least once a week. When the class finished, we went on a tour through the capitol. Afterwards, to balance it all out, we went to the Ginger Man for Pint Mondays (another weekly tradition). After getting our pint glasses, we went to the Elephant Room for some great live Jazz.

Doesn’t get much better than that.

-ERG