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