boodapesht | four

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Monday saw us getting up bright and early for a chilly stroll to The Central Market Hall. The cold proved the better of us, so we hailed a taxi. Four of us girls jumped in, leaving the other two girls and our resident kiwi blokes jumping in another. Turns out, our friendly local friend ripped us right off and charged us nearly triple what our fellow gender split pests were charged – the downside of being female travellers…

Situated in the 9th district, Nagycsarnok is the largest indoor market in Budapest and was designed and built by Samu Pecz around 1896. As we entered the markets we noticed the the huge variety of stalls on offer, some inviting, some….intriguing. Continue reading

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“to travel is to educate yourself. to appreciate difference and grow to accept the world around you, to be inquisitive but not to question it. to understand other cultures, other religions , other languages, other worlds within the one that we share. it will open your eyes and your heart. it will be the change we need in the world”

credit | World of Wanderlust

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boodapesht | three

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8 Kiwis, 8 huge hangovers, in the “City of Spas” – there was a light at the end of our self-inflicted dark tunnel.

Thanks to the city having more thermal and medicinal water springs that any other capital city in the world, Budapest has held the title of “The City of Spas” since 1934. There are 118 springs which provide 70 million litres of thermal water – per day! Budapest’s thermal waters were enjoyed by the Romans as early as in the second century, but it was only during the Turkish occupation of Hungary in the 16th century that the bath culture they are now famous for really flourished. Today, there are 15 public thermal baths in Budapest, with temperatures ranging from 21 to 78 degree’s Celsius – quite a contrast to the minus two degree days we were experiencing. Continue reading

boodapesht | two

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Despite a few headaches and some tired dancing legs, we got up bright and early and walked down towards the Danube River. Pretty quickly we discovered exactly why the Danube’s panorama is a Unesco World Heritage-listed site.

On our way to the river, we came across the Hungarian Olympic rings in Olympia Park, which was built as a memorial in honour of the Olympic Games. Hungary has competed at every Olympic Games since 1896, apart from 1920 after World War One when they were not invited to attend due to their alliances with the Soviet and communism. Continue reading

boodapesht | one

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Travel time!

Ryan Air started off one of many European adventures and budgetly cheaply flew us direct from Stansted airport, London, to Buda Airport, Hungary – at £90 I was neither surprised nor should complain at the lack of leg room or the gritty filter coffee I paid £7 for (!!) mid flight.

We landed at 9.30pm European time and caught a taxi to our air b&b booked apartment. Budapest is a city of cultural diversity, stunning architecture, history and thermal baths. The city is divided in to two districts; Buda – on the eastern side of the Danube river, and Pest (pronounced pesht) to the Western side. Buda is supposedly a bit more upperclass – home to doctors, lawyers and old money, with pest tending to be a bit grimey yet fun and home to students. Our gorgeous apartment was situated on the pest side, however there was nothing grimey about it. It was warm, modern, dressed in IKEA and comfortably slept all 8 of us Kiwi’s embarking on a long weekend in the Hungarian capital. Continue reading

three weeks a londoner

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Accomplishments and experiences during my third week in my new home…

* Monday night brought me the treat of an ex nz colleague. We met on regent street for a couple of (large) red’s and spent the evening catching up and laughing in the warmth of the pub. It was an amazing and slightly eerie connection that a friend from my old beloved work place was with me to hold my hand as I received the phone call about my new work place…

* Employment – tick! I made it through the rigorous interviewing process and was offered a role at an amazing integrated marketing agency in Wimbledon – I can’t wait. Continue reading