Day 24 – Goulash

I didn’t sleep much on the train last night – the bed was too short, and the rocking a bit too vigorous for that – but it was all worth it when I woke up in an extremely frosty Slovakia. 14 hours travelling through Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovakia, before arriving in Hungary, and I felt like a real adventurer. I’ve never done anything like this before.

I’d visited Budapest before so I’d seen the main sights, this time I thought it would be interesting to see to what new things the city had to offer. I quite like the idea of exploring the city with a curious and open mind. As my mum and sister were arriving in the evening, I had the day to myself to discover a few new things. I decided to go on a ‘free’ tour around the city, which wasn’t really free as a tip was kind of expected, but I was more than happy to pay when the guide was so informative. We walked from the centre, up to the castle district, which gave us an amazing view of the city.

The funicular journey up the Buda hill

I would have liked to have explored around a bit more but it was so bitterly cold, that I had to find somewhere warm to eat as soon as possible. I hot-footed it back across the river and found the Drum Cafe, a place specialising in Hungarian dishes. I opted for the most warming thing on the menu and tried the goulash, something I’d surprisingly never tried before. I’m being a terrible vegetarian!

A bit steamy, but this was so warm and comforting – and only cost €4!

Exhausted, I went back to the Airbnb (which was incredible and cheap), curled up on the sofa with a blanket and a book, and relaxed in the warmth trying not to fall asleep before my family arrived. A successful and full first day.

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