Thursday evening and I am completely exhausted. Had a long day in school today finishing up a group project. Been having a headache all day and just feeling a bit out of it in general. Plus it's been one of those days when nothing seems to go quite right. Oh well, not all days can be great ones. And tomorrow I have my last class before summer, so I'm not feeling completely miserable. If everything goes as it should, I'll just have two more essays to write and a defence, and then I'm done for this semester. Summer vacation is really all I can think about right now. I just want to go home and relax, spend time with my family, sleep as long as I want, eat lots of good food, read for hours because I want to and not because I have to, spend my days next to the pool soaking up the sun. I just want a really, really chill summer. Soon! Now I'm gonna watch an episode of The Bridge and then get myself some beauty sleep. Sorry if I wasted your time reading this post about absolutely nothing, haha. Just felt like writing something. Here's a picture of my view right now to make up for it.
Pictured above: me a couple of weeks ago when I went back to Stockholm for almost a week. It really put me in a holiday mood and I am so ready for vacation. Good morning, by the way! Or actually, good afternoon. I just realized how late it is already. Been having such a lazy day so far. I've kind of been struggling a bit getting back into the study rythm after my little escape to Sweden. Got a bunch of deadlines before the I'm done with school for this block in two weeks. But right now I'm actually taking courses that I really enjoy and find super interesting, which obviously does make studying a lot easier. Today I don't have any classes but I'm meeting up with my team in school to work on a report later this afternoon, so I better get started finishing my parts of it. Hope you've all had a great start of the week so far!
April 20th, 2019. Saturday morning in Budapest. I wake up by sunlight suddenly hitting my face when mom pulls away the heavy curtains closing off the outside world. As always waking up the first morning in a new bed, it takes me a moment or two to realise where I am. I look outside the window, and for a second I wonder if I'm still dreaming. I have woken up to a fairytale world. I'm not trying to be poetic or anything, that is really what it looks like outside the window.
Fast forward a couple of hours, when we've all managed to get out of bed and get some breakfast in our stomachs. We take a taxi over the river to the Pest side, and one of the major shopping streets. I have one of those days when I try on a bunch of stuff but nothing really seems to fit right. Any other day it would have put me in a proper mood, but today we are on vacation, in a new city, with so much to explore. We walk along the street lined with big brands and tourist shops, in the direction of the big market hall.
The Central Market Hall is absolutely packed with people. We walk around a little, looking at all the different little food stalls. I'm trying to take in the impressive architechture of the building, but all I can think about is getting some lunch. At first we had planned to eat at the market hall, but as we get to the food court section one floor up we realize we need to rethink. It's almost impossible to move in any direction, and sitting down to have a nice lunch seems next to impossible. So with some local delicacies to take home in our bags, we decide it's time to move on.
After walking past place after place with tourist menus we decide we'll have to consider ourselves defeated and just go for something. You know those tourist places with unappatizing pictures of overpriced food and menus in 10 different languages? That's where we end up first. But we look through the menu and realize we probably picked the worst place on the whole street. So we smile appologeticly at the waiters and get up to leave. "Unbelievable", they yell after us as we walk away. Best decision of the trip so far, because we find this little place on a side street that doesn't look like much, but was absolutely amazing. It didn't even matter that the language barrier and nervous waiter resulted in getting our drink orders wrong and my mom's dish not arriving until way after we finished ours. Because I had paprikash with deer and the meat was so tender and the sauce so full of flavor and I still dream of that dish.
When we've finished our lunch we take a taxi back towards the area of our hotel. It is located right next to the Fisherman's Bastion, which has an absolutely amazing viewpoint. We stop for some pictures and then just walk around for a bit, taking in all the beauty around. Stop for some ice cream, and some more pictures, before we head back to the hotel for an afternoon nap before dinner.
In the evening we walked the ten minutes to a restaurant we got recomended by the hotel, and apparantly this was my lucky day. Because I had one of the hands down best restaurant meals I've had, ever. Truffle risotto with roasted duck liver (I know, I know.. don't hate me) and parmesan flakes. It was just this perfect combination of flavors and textures and I also can't help to love anything with truffle. And that, my friends, was the end of the first full day in Budapest! Promise I'll try to remember posting about the rest of the trip as well. I know it's been way too quiet here.