New Years in Budapest

December 30th, 2018 to January 1st, 2019

jordangonen
Jan 20, 2019 · 4 min read
Photo by Karim MANJRA on Unsplash

Things I Did

  • We flew into Budapest via Brussels excited to celebrate New Years. We stayed at the Grandio Party Hostel — a true (kinda dirty) party hostel that had loads of activities, alcohol, and parties. Interestingly, the hostel belongs to a network of party hostels throughout Budapest, including perhaps the most famous one: the Retox Hostel. This meant we could go to events/parties everywhere which turned out to be a good experience. I had only heard good things before coming to Budapest and I was not disappointed. The city is beautiful! And there are tons of touristy/historical/fun things to do.
  • We landed in the early evening, dropped our bags off, and headed directly to dinner. As you may or may not know, Buda and Pest are divided by a body of water. We ate on the Buda side and were staying on the Pest side. Just a short cab ride between the two regions! Dinner was good, as I ate a traditional Hungarian beef stew that was quite tasty. I will say, though, I far prefer Asian/Mediterranean cuisine over many of the hearty stews and meals we had on this trip.
  • The “going out scene” in Budapest is an awesome experience. I’ll warn you in advance, the hostels are quite grimey but the ruin bars are really cool and worth checking out. We spent the first night hanging out at the Retox Party Hostel, where they had a party of sorts (and completed this thing called a Jager train).
  • We went to the big market, where there is tons of food and drinks to try out. I think cities can often be defined by the culture and atmosphere of their “central markets,” as there is always so much going on. The US could learn a lot from the European food scene.
  • We walked around the Jewish quarter, as it was right around our hostel, and it was definitely cool seeing all of the historic buildings.

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