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Budapest – Day (well, really night) One. September 13, 2015

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I finally arrived.

The apartment I had planned to stay in didn’t work out. The proprietor didn’t answer his phone, there were no markings at the door, the neighborhood didn’t quite look like where I would want to stay and it was getting dark. So I made a change.

Staying at a cute hotel much closer to the Danube River. I even took a quick walk tonight to stretch my legs before grabbing dinner and walked across the bridge to the Buda side. I just want to say how beautiful what I could see was and how impressed I am with this city already. I can’t wait to explore tomorrow.

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My new crash pad is a single hotel room, which means I have a twin bed (common in Europe) but it’s also equipped with a mini fridge, full bathroom and lots of storage (some I don’t even need). My windows open to a central courtyard. The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating, and it’s centrally located to lots of restaurants and shops, as well as most of the tourist attractions.

I had dinner tonight at Ristorante La Botte which was delicious. After a bunch of protein shakes and airplane food, I was in the mood for a fresh slice of margarita pizza, and I ordered the small size but have enough to eat for lunch/snacks for the next couple of days!

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Off to bed, after a glass of cabernet and a LONG travel adventure in airports, I’m ready!

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Fluidity of Travel Plans September 12, 2015

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So it’s been a part of my plan to contribute something to assist the Syrian refugees while I am traveling. I’m not sure how just yet. I was planning on trying to collect soaps and washcloths and toothbrush/toothpaste to distribute, but that didn’t work out last minute, so I am attempting to instead spend a day doing whatever may be necessary or helpful, possibly as a volunteer.

Trains have been shut down from Budapest into Austria effective yesterday, so my initial travel plans of moving easily to Vienna may be thwarted, but I’ve been doing some research as to how I can make it over there with a slight change of travel plans, and bonus, I get to add a country as well (which came recommended highly by a passenger I met on the plane).

I’m sitting in the Admirals Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) since our initial flight was delayed, I missed my Budapest connection flight and now will not arrive until closer to dinnertime. At least I know I’ve got a great studio apartment waiting for me when I arrive!

I’ve just notified the hotel of my later arrival, so I hope that it won’t be a problem, as the proprietor didn’t speak English, so I had to send him a note with the assistance of Google translate.

Sipping on my protein shake and about ready to take advantage of the shower option here to freshen up before my next leg of the trip. The best news is that I know I have a great bathtub waiting for me at the apartment for later tonight!

 

Off to explore the world again… September 11, 2015

Filed under: Travel — nashvegasaudrey @ 10:54 pm
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I’m sitting in the Nashville International Airport and getting ready to board my first leg of the flight, heading to Budapest, Hungary. I’m excited to have booked this trip last minute and hope to be able to share many photos along the way via Instagram (@nashvegasaudrey).

I didn’t “plan” this trip. Budapest, Prague and Vienna have been on my short bucket list for a while, and an acquaintance of mine offered me lodging (then last minute – less than 24 hours before departure- yanked the offer after the ticket was purchased – how rude) if I wanted to book a flight… and I took him up on it when I saw the flight cost was way more inexpensive than I had thought it would be.

Yesterday, I made quick arrangements for my very own cute little studio apartment in Budapest (on the Pest side), that was VERY affordable. Most of the time while traveling in Europe I use booking.com to book hotels, hostels and even apartments/rooms. I’ve also had luck walking around a city and just finding something on my own! It has a kitchen, wifi (all important these days) and is centrally located to transportation as well as tourist attractions just a short ride away.

I’m debating whether to stay in Budapest for the majority of the trip OR look into the possibility of visiting Vienna, Prague and possibly Krakow too (on my way back to Budapest for my return flight). One of my favorite sites is Seat61.com, because he gives you some great options for connections and allows you to figure out some of the cheapest rail travel possible. This comes in very handy on the fly.

For those of you who don’t know me and happen to read this… Travel is a major passion of mine. I love to explore the world and I often do it on my own. Friends and family members have occasionally told me I was “brave” or insinuated that it was risky to travel solo, but I assure you that it’s safe and it’s very enjoyable! I meet so many more people than I would if I was traveling with a friend because when you’re on your own, you have a tendency to be a little bit more open to opportunities and are easily approachable in conversation. You’re not on anyone’s schedule but your own, so it’s very freeing and relaxing.

I’m looking forward to exploring Budapest. On the short list so far are Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge, the thermal baths (multiple ones!) and walking along the Danube River. There’s also Gellert Hill Cave which looks really interesting- a church in a cave!

I’ll be sure to post more while traveling, but wanted to share that this trip will also be done on a major shoestring budget (remember that I wasn’t initially planning on spending ANYTHING on lodging when it was planned), so I’ll be sure to keep track of what was spent and share how inexpensively travel to Budapest (and possibly elsewhere) can be.

Stay tuned! -Audrey

 

 
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