Thursday, June 28, 2012


A 6 week posting in a lovely small town, a place i still miss intensely...

view from my window



doesn't get any more quaint than this

brayford wharf

I want to go back so badly :( Highly unlikely, but fingers crossed i get posted there again for senior rotation...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

buda of budapest

Previously there was a narcissistic little rant here about this and that irrelevant thing, first world problems that are embarrassing enough that I decided to grow a brain and delete my childish complaints. I can be so ungrateful sometimes. 

So - Budapest day two!

Because I left hostel bookings to the last minute, I couldn't find a place that would accommodate us for all 4 nights which meant we stayed in Bell hostel the first night, 2nd night at Honey hostel and last 2 nights at Rodza's Apartments.. All 4 were beyond awesome but I'll just rave about Honey hostel in this post. Location was alright, not as amazing as the other two, but still an acceptable walk to the tram stop. Room was huge, you could have fit two double beds and a sofa in the room and still find it spacious, lovely big windows, only 3 (or was it 4?) rooms in the whole hostel which is always nice. No breakfast included but nice fancy teas, lovely vibe to the place, amazing homemade honey, super clean, loads of privacy and quiet, all for one of the cheapest prices for double rooms in budapest city center... plus they did our laundry for free, which melted my heart and warmed my soul, me being the cheapskate that I am.

Maybe I should write more about what we did, but I am so very tired. Besides, Budapest is more of a wandering around city..

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Budapest day one

Szent Istvan
We spent 5days in Budapest. Was it too much? Did we get bored? Far from it. 

First night was meant to be spent in 2night hostel on szent istvan street, but they messed up our booking and didn't have a room for us when we showed up. Not very impressive, but it happens. This however turned out to be a blessing in disguise as they sent us off to another hostel nearby (Bell hostel) which was sooo much nicer than 2night.

Bell hostel is actually a wee bit pricier than some of the cheap backpacker places in Budapest, but if you have the cash to spare, it is worth it. Clean, quiet, amazing location, well furnished, so comfortable and so much of privacy. 

We got the attic room at the very top of the building, so stick your head out of the slanting window and you'll be looking at the roof - bottom left of the pic above. This also meant very nice views at night since Budapest seems to be illuminated in this warm golden light at night. No harsh fluorescence lamps for them..

Buda as seen from Pest!
We didn't do anything much that day, just a nice filling meal cooked in the hostel and a long walk along the Duna/Danube, into Vaci utca and the surrounding area...

one of the many gorgeous bridges along the river

the compulsory cheesy sun-on-water photo

The Parliament