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Stop 28 - Budapest


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Our next stop (after a fairly horrendous journey) was a three nighter in beautiful Budapest. Getting there took us 30 hours on various buses and trains (including a train that went on a boat) and did have us questioning our decision to complete this entire trip without a plane! The first leg, Gothenburg to Copenhagen, Copenhagen to Hamburg was pretty relaxing and fun. From Hamburg onwards however, sat on Flix buses (European Megabus equivalent) driving on long dark motorways with some screaming kids and lots of other smellyish people with pretty weird habits, we were harshly reminded that night buses in Europe are really shit.

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However on arrival we were greeted by a beautiful apartment and sunny weather and soon forgot our travel woes. A few hours later Mike's family arrived and we celebrated the reunion with a great lunch and a few beers in a pretty little square. We spent the weekend walking around the streets of Budapest, stopping for plenty of coffees and afternoon beer flavoured refreshments.

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We also climbed up a pretty steep hill to the citadel for some brilliant views of the city!

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Visited a cool old market hall which was full of sausages and random souvenir stands...

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And, amongst other interesting sights, visited the Grand Synagogue, built for the Neolog Jewish population of the area. It was actually designed with certain elements, such as a stain glass window and the rectangular interior layout, that make it comparable to a cathedral. There is also an obvious Moorish influence in the design and decoration.

Whilst visiting the synagogue, we also randomly bumped into our mates Mila Kunas and Ashton Kutcher which was quite cool. We didn't want them to be too shocked to see us there, so we did the mature thing and hid behind a pillar whispering about the situation.

All in all, we had an amazing time catching up with everyone and being treated far too much and couldn't quite be bothered to board another 12 hour night bus to Milan.

Posted by Chloemillen92 06:44 Archived in Hungary Tagged budapest danube bridge hungary tram citadel jewish_quarter 7th_district grand_synagogue

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