First of all we went to go and buy our tickets at the House of Parliament, as you have to buy them a few hours in advance. On our way there we saw what we believed to be the changing of the guard and it was hilarious. I did take a video but they look so far away on the GoPro. They basically all came out and did a little synchronised dance, it was cute. The outside of the building is amazing and it looked pretty gothic and moody on this grey, drizzly day.
Then we went to the Central Market for lunch which as the name suggests is a massive market hall. Inside we got some of this moussey cake for 200 HUF and a massive pizza thing for 250 HUF.
They also had more traditional Hungarian food upstairs but it wasn’t as cheap as this. Lizzy is a vegetarian so we avoided traditional food wherever we went, vegetarianism doesn’t seem to have caught on on the continent yet. I mean look at the photos they’re using to sell poor ickle ducks.
They also seem to be obsessed with paprika. And have a traditional drink called ‘Unicum’. Lol.
Our tour of parliament was really good, it is SO fancy inside. The dome is the best bit but you aren’t allowed to take photos in there. They keep the crown jewels in there with a guard either side that you aren’t allowed within 2m of, because every 5 minutes they make a big fuss of moving the position of their swords.
On our way home we spotted this, it said it was open, BUT IT WAS CLOSED. I was distraught. Heartbroken. If it’s not open then where are all the cats? Who’s stroking them? If anyone managed to get inside please tell me what it was like!
We then went to a ruin bar called Szimpla Kert. Ruin bars are basically abandoned buildings (or burnt etc.) that instead of being done up are filled with old furniture and given a ‘retro’ vibe. This one was really cool and had a massive outdoors bit too but it was really busy. We really wish we’d been on the bar crawl put on by the hostel but we were too tired all the time.
We then trekked up to Liberty Statue after sunset, which we were told had the best views of the city. The walk isn’t too steep although the maze of footpaths makes it quite hard to find the correct route but we did it, and it didn’t disappoint.
Earlier at the hostel disaster struck as I dropped the GoPro on the floor and my 3-way selfie stick/tripod broke 🙁 I tried to attach it to what remained of it but as you can see that did not work. RIP.
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