On Friday, I tried to take in as much of Budapest as I could. I'd bought 48-hour tickets the day before that covered bus and boat tours and advertised free walking tours as well...so I took advantage of all 3!
But first...coffee. There were coffee shops EVERYWHERE in this city, so it was hard to choose, but I choose one that was just a couple short blocks from my apartment. I'd gotten used to the Romanian style of sitting down and being waited at in coffee shops...but sheepishly approached the counter after realizing this was not that kind of coffee shop :-) Anyway, I enjoyed coffee and breakfast there, then started my exploring.
|Walking across the Chain Bridge|
|the funicular I rode up the hill|
|view of Parliament from the boat|
|The Great Synagogue|
|Gravestones from the ghetto, in the|
|in the foreground, my tour guide. |
Behind him, if you look closely,
an orthodox Jewish man.
And behind them both, an orthodox
|Zsolt and Emese|
I got to the airport bright and early the next morning (via my host's friend, whose driving might have been the scariest part of my entire trip) and began my long journey home: 3 hour flight to London, 5 hour layover, 11 hour flight to Phoenix, customs process. Everything went really smoothly, except when just after going through security in Budapest, I realized I forgot to leave my key to my host's apartment! I tried to figure out how to get it to him, but eventually heard back from him that it wasn't urgent, so just added that errand to my schedule tomorrow: mail keys to Hungary :-)
This trip was truly amazing. Thanks for "joining" me as I've rambled about it. I don't expect to blog again anytime soon, but I'm excited to get my pictures (and my thoughts!) organized, so if anyone wants to hear more details or see more pictures, do let me know :-) I know that I will not likely get tired of reflecting on it all!