I am really enjoying my stay in Budapest. The temperature has plummeted to highs of -2°C during the day and I am thinking that in Prague I will need to wear yet another layer of thermals! To date and before today I have not felt cold anywhere other than my hands and face. Today I felt cold all over, despite wearing two layers on my legs and five layers on top. Yes, I feel the cold! I am considering wearing my ski gloves. Because I have been so rugged up I have had a really good time, but it would be so horrible without the right clothing.
There are a lot of people sleeping in the Metro whi h is very sad. In saying that, they all have really big warm looking jackets which is of some comfort.
The city is hustling and bustling all the time. At first I thought Hungarians were not friendly, because they didn’t smile. I have now realised that either (a) I thought I was smiling but because my face was numb from the cold and I actually wasn’t, or (b) they can’t smile back as their faces are numb too.
The hotel I have been staying at is very lovely. It was also a bit pricey so I would have expected nothing less! (I wasn’t planning on paying for a hotel, as I was originally going to be bunking with other Topdeckers. This plan changed early on in the piece).
The food here is good and also quite cheap. As with most of Europe they do seem to have an obsession with pastries so I have taken to buying yoghurt and muesli at supermarkets for breakfast. A pastry a day probably won’t keep the doctor away 😉.
Inside St Stephen’s Basilica https://youtu.be/3CoUdTJarnM
The XE currency app is fantastic. When dealing with a currency like Forints, which can be a bit difficult to get your head around, it sure is useful to have a currency converter that will work offline. (See screenshot below):-
I am going to be travelling to my next location by overnight train which will be an experience! Photos to follow…