The next city was Budapest. Budapest is a city we feel some sort of connection with. It was our last stop on our very first round the world trip together, and it was what made the last impression of our trip, and what in some way I believe is what made us want to go traveling soon again.
Going back was interesting, as this time we had quite a different impression of the city.
Last time we thought it was a rough city, but this time we didn’t feel that way at all.
I guess it all comes down to what you compare it with, but it also made me realize how traveling has changed us and how we look at things compared to a few years ago.
Coming from Eastern Europe, Budapest felt very much like the gateway to Western Europe – one example is the train system: in Budapest the trains finally leave on time – such subtle changes, but very noticeable. But the city still has that Eastern feel and tradition, where being offered a shot of plum brandy in the morning is nothing strange at all! It’s a city with many things to see and do, a place where you can come any time of the year and it will still be beautiful and you can still have fun. Read our Budapest City Guide
Returning To Budapest Hungary Travel VIDEO Our Second Impressions
Budapest was our last stop on our very first around the world trip together, which is why it felt quite special to be going back there a few years later.
A lot of things have changed since we were there last time. Not so much with the city itself, but with us – yes that is us on the right there back in 2008 —>
Back then Budapest was a part of Europe which we had never seen before, and I remember that we thought it was such a rough place and that the people were very unwelcoming.
You think you learn a lot from a “once off” trip around the world, but the truth is that your first trip around the world is merely an introduction, it’s the travels you make after that which makes you grow and learn even more.
This time around, we arrived there after having traveled through most areas in Eastern Europe, and our impressions were quite different from the previous time.
Coming from Eastern Europe, Budapest felt very much like the gateway to Western Europe – one example is the train system: in Budapest the trains finally leave on time – such subtle changes, but very noticeable.
But the city still has that Eastern feel and tradition, where being offered a shot of plum brandy in the morning is nothing strange at all!
This time we didn’t find Budapest rough, and apart from an angry woman yelling at me throwing her heavy key chain trying to hit me with it twice on the street – people were quite friendly…
It’s a city with many things to see and do, a place where you can come any time of the year and it will still be beautiful and you can still have fun.
We were there during the summer, and it was super hot outside. Wintertime is the ultimate time to go there if you want to check out the thermal baths, but during summer it’s the perfect weather to check out the rest of the city.
Budapest is a city you can spend quite a few days in and every day it shows a different side.
I’d like to describe Budapest as a city that grows on you. I liked it better the second time than the first, and I can see myself liking it even more if I go back there a third time and really give the city some time to show me its hidden gems.
I have a feeling that Budapest will become like one of those acquaintances that you never planned to get to know but happen to run into randomly every now and then, creating a friend-ship over time.