First off, the weather in Budapest was perfect. 65 degrees was about the average, I could finally walk around without a coat for the first time since coming abroad! To embrace the sunny weather, we took a walk around the city to see some of the famous sites. My favorite was Parliament, which happens to be the largest parliament building in all of Europe!
|Selfie with Parliament!|
Here are some more pictures from our walk along the beautiful Danube River!
|Random Ronald Reagan statue|
We also saw the Shoe Memorial. This was a memorial for the lost lives of the Jews during World War II. Hundreds of Jews in Budapest were walked down to the river, forced to remove their shoes, then shot into the river.
After our walk around the city, we returned to our hostel (shoutout to Carpe Noctem Vitae for having the best staff in the world!!!) to get ready for our night out. Budapest is known for their ruin bars, which are old buildings around the city that have been converted into really cool bars. That night we went to a place called Szimpla, which is actually ranked as the third best bar in the world! Here's a picture of the outside.
|Katie & I and our life-changing sandwiches|
The most memorable thing I did in Budapest was definitely caving. About 30 minutes outside the city is the largest cave in Hungary. We got suited up in jumpsuits and headlights and prepared to go deep into the cave.
|Accurate depiction of how we felt in the cave|
|Crawled through spaces 5x smaller than this|
|New friends getting cozy with the rocks|
That night was my favorite night in Budapest, the river cruise. Everyone received a bottle of champagne upon arrival and had a blast dancing and cruising along the river. The views were spectacular and something I will never forget. So that was my spring break in a nutshell! Happy Easter everyone from gloomy St. Petersburg!
|Cheers to the best spring break with the best people!|
|♡ Budapest, I will be back ♡|