Quaint little streets of Budapest

Budapest with BudaBEST! (Hungary Part 2)

As promised, here’s Part 2 of our Hungarian adventures. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here. I’ve got a few more photos and a video to share, but I also wanted to mention a few of the things we really loved about Budapest. Hope you enjoy!

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Highlights: Obviously meeting all the kids and sweet people in Budapest. I also loved getting to see the reactions of the kids when they were told how much we cared for them and how much Jesus loves them. Other highlights with the team include our van door not working, Scott’s “Budapest Highlight Tour,” trying to sing along to Hungarian music, Erin’s dislike of “cheersing,” the hotel room door that kept getting stuck, Spar runs, our Istanbul flight, watching three teammates do the ENTIRE “Whip Nae Nae” in front of Parliament (see video for proof), Jackie’s impression of Kelly Rippa (also see video for proof), Claire’s awesome laugh and all of us trying to figure out the Hungarian Forint. So many sweet memories for all of us and I hope these two blog posts have captured a few of them. :)

So many great city views everywhere we went.

So many great city views everywhere we went.

Thankful to have met such sweet friends on this trip and get to spend time with old friends!

Thankful to have met such sweet friends on this trip and get to spend time with old friends!

I always think you can never go wrong with a door this color. :)

I always think you can never go wrong with a door this color. :)

Loved the Castle District.

Loved the Castle District.

Trying to take a cute picture...

Trying to take a cute picture…

That'll have to do. :)

That’ll have to do. :)

Budapest Vibe: I really liked being in Budapest because it felt so vibrant, historical and energetic. There were people eating at tables outside by the street, quaint gelato shops and so many languages being spoken all around us. At times, I was reminded of Paris or London, but other times, Budapest had a completely unique feeling. Budapest has such a distinct and rich history that I really enjoyed learning about and then getting to see remnants of the past while we were visiting. I’d even venture to say it’s a completely underrated European city that should be a lot higher on people’s travel list.

I was so excited to see Parliament!

I was so excited to see Parliament!

That sky <3

That sky <3

Hungarian Parliament is a beauty.

Hungarian Parliament is a beauty.

Thankful for this guy and his map skills when we're traveling. ;)

Thankful for this guy, his map skills and his selfie taking skills when we’re traveling. ;)

Attempting a group picture, but it seems people are more interested in this "photo bombing" phenomenon than I previously thought. Haha

Attempting a group picture, but it seems people are more interested in this “photo bombing” phenomenon than I previously thought. Haha

Things to do: We loved this random (and slightly scary) chair lift that gives you amazing city views, Budapest Castle Hill Funicular, Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, Castle District, Matthias Church (one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen), Great Market Hall and the views from the Citadella. Honestly, the one thing I wanted to see in Budapest was the river and the Hungarian Parliament building they always show from the Viking commercials…haha. Mission accomplished.

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Oh, Budapest. Looks just like a Viking Cruise commercial.

The don't make doors like they used to, do they!?

They don’t make doors like they used to, do they!?

Quaint streets of Budapest

Quaint streets of Budapest

The inside of Matthias Church. Probably one of the prettiest churches I've seen so far.

The inside of Matthias Church. Probably one of the prettiest churches I’ve seen so far.

Representing his team all the way in Budapest ;)

Representing his team all the way in Budapest ;)

Food we loved: I mentioned in my last post that Hungarian food is good. I really, really mean that. Before this trip, I didn’t know much about Hungarian delicacies, but they’re definitely worth knowing about. Here are some of my favorites! Cold Fruit Soup, which is called Meggyleves and I’m attempting to make it this weekend for our Hungary Party. I also really loved their breakfast, which was bread, peaches or plums, deli meat, cheese, yogurt and amazing apricot jam. Of course, we also had goulash and kürtőskalácsAlso, I must admit that Hungary has pretty darn good pizza (don’t tell Italy). As far as desserts go, their desserts don’t seem to be as sweet as ours, so I felt okay eating a double helping. 😉 I also really loved their wine and even ventured out into unfamiliar territory by trying this crazy stuff called pálinka. Let’s just say I won’t be drinking palinka very often. It’s kinda like the Hungarian version of moonshine. Yikes.

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We found our new home. How do you like our castle!? Haha. :)

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This was a childhood dream come true. We got to climb all over castle ruins. Such a fun experience.

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Everywhere you looked, there was another pretty view.

Part of our awesome team on the last night before heading back to America!

Part of our awesome team on the last night before heading back to America!

The flight back wasn't too shabby. (See Part 1 of my Budapest post for the full story on our flight home).

The flight back wasn’t too shabby. (See Part 1 of my Budapest post for the full story on our flight home).

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Hope you enjoyed our travel photos and a few of my thoughts on our adventure. Until next time…cheers! xx

Aubrey

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