Hello, Kelli here!
Meghan's and my trip is officially over and we are back in Nottingham. We spent our last few days of break in Budapest, Hungary. Here are a few highlights from the trip.
Our hostel was located literally right across from the famous St. Stephen's Basilica, so after checking in we spent some time admiring the basilica. Next we walked the Szechenyi Chain Bridge and looked at the views of the Buda side. It was super foggy, but we were able to catch our first glimpses of the beautiful Parliament Building.
On our second day, we took a free walking tour that provided us with some of the city's history and took us up to Castle Hill. From here, we could see back across the Danube to the West side of the city. After leaving the tour, we explored the Fisherman's Bastion before wandering down to see Parliament. We saw the Shoes on the Danube, a memorial to the thousands who were forced to strip naked on the bank of the Danube before being executed by firing squads during WWII.
Our third day was Meghan's birthday! We spent most of the day at the Szechenyi Thermal Bath. Budapest is the only European capital city located on natural thermal springs. In September, our group took a trip to Bath, England where we got to see the ruins of the Roman baths. It was very neat for Meghan and me to experience a functioning bath. We spent hours relaxing and checking out the different indoor and outdoor pools. That night we went to Szimpla, one of Budapest's most famous ruin bars.
We spent our last two days exploring the Central Market Hall, the Jewish Quarter, and getting ready to head home. These two days showed us some fun, less touristy parts of the city. We had a wonderful time in Budapest, but we were definitely ready to head back to Nottingham for some much needed rest.
Almost everyone has made it back to the flat, and we are kicking it into overdrive as we prepare for finals. We are all excited to start spring semester and get back to a routine.
All for now,