The next day we woke up, and took the bus around the city listening to our headsets and learning all about the famous mathematicians and musicians bred in Budapest. We got off at the Castle District were we saw sweeping views of the city, walked around the castle, and discovered fisherman’s bastion. It was a beautiful church with a castle surrounding, definitely one of my favorite views from the trip. From there we walked the along the river and across the chain bridge. We then returned to the pizza place, where the staff recognized us from the night before and started preparing our pizzas. We ate outside, while overhearing the sounds of the opera musicians practicing inside. From there we went to see the famous Budapest baths! We chose one that had eighteen baths and I’m proud to say that I believe we visited all of them! My favorite were the outside baths, it was great to finally take a moment and relax after all of the go-going. After spending a few hours in the baths, we reluctantly returned back to our hostel for a pub crawl. At the pub crawl we met up with Hanna, Amanda and Emma; I couldn’t have been happier to see them and had a great time with them. For some reason being in a foreign country makes you so much more excited to see friends. We toured many ruin bars, however I was little disappointed because in my mind I pictured a ruin bar to be more distinct and historical because communist leaders used to use those buildings to conduct meetings. The bars were still fully decorated, and had multiple rooms, as well as packed with Hungarians and tourists alike.
The next morning we woke up at 5:40, and hopped on our early morning train back to Bonn! While we didn’t have much time in Budapest I’m glad that we got to travel there and experience the city. It was less foreign than I was expecting from an eastern country. There was a greater language barrier there and the language was incredibly difficult due to the abundance of z’s in all of their words. It was also one of the first places that I’ve been where I felt as though we looked significantly different from the people there, I can’t describe how but I’d say through a combination of features and dress. It was another great weekend, and someplace that I really enjoyed visiting.