We arrived in Budapest yesterday afternoon around 3. After getting settled into our apartments, a group of us went to a local pub to eat and watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The local food here is a lot like Vienna; lots of sausage and pork. Last night we went to a famous ‘ruin bar’, where the bar/club is situated in ruins! They are huge establishments, the one we went to had 6 bars and about 7 dance floors on 3 stories! Today we did a lot of touring, starting with a visit to the big market here in Budapest. The market is indoor and has many shops selling items ranging from souvenirs to meat to fresh squeezed orange juice. We then toured Budapest with the group, going to Saint Stephens Basilica, Saint Mathew’s Church, and a viewpoint that looked down on the city.
Budapest is an amazing city with many modern amenities. The architecture is different from the other cities we have been to because here there are many newer, taller, spiral buildings instead of ancient ruins. It feels more Eastern European. The people are all very nice and speak very clear English. The Danube runs through the middle of the city, separating it into two sections: Buda and Pest. The weather isn’t too bad, ranging between low 30’s – low 40’s. I’m excited to spend 3 weeks here and explore it even more!