Eastern Europe

Hungry in Hungary

Vlog #1: Contiki Eastern Europe: Budapest, Hungary

One of the best parts of traveling to other countries is trying out their local cuisine. Unfortunately for me I have one pretty lame dietary requirement, I cannot have dairy. In Southeast Asia it was not a problem but in Europe I kinda suspected that it might cause me a bit of grief;  however, I never knew to what extent. Eastern Europeans use cheese and cream in everything. Basically I have had nothing to eat here but salads, plain vegetables, meat (no sauce) and fruit bowls for dessert. While my waist line is probably going to thank me in the long run, I feel like I am sincerely missing out on a great European experience. Oh well, at least I have espresso shots!

Coffee- Budapest, Hungary

Coffee- Budapest, Hungary

Hero’s Square

For our first day in Budapest we started off with a short city tour of a couple key points around town.

Hero Square- Budapest, Hungary

Hero Square- Budapest, Hungary

Church of St Matthias

Chuch of St Matthias - Budapest, Hungary

Hilltop Buda, where we got this magnificent view of the city! It somewhat reminds me of the planet of Naboo from Star Wars. Yes, no?

Hilltop Buda- Budapest, Hungary

That evening it was wine tasting time! Wine tasting is always a bad idea for Nadine as she usually tastes a bit too much on an empty stomach before dinner. Now I  actually had video footage from this tasting; however, I have no idea where it went and therefore you only get these photos to look at. I’m sorry :(

Wine Tasting- Budapest, Hungary

Wine Tasting- Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Parliament Building

The next morning we bused over to the Parliament building in Budapest. Although it might seem lame, parliament buildings are generally one of the most preserved and prestigious buildings in a city.

Budapest Parliment Building- Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Parliment Building- Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Parliment Building- Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Parliment Building- Budapest, Hungary

Thermal Baths

That afternoon it was off for some relaxation in the local thermal baths, which are essential public pools filled with tourists and hairy Hungarian men. Yea, I know I didn’t make it sound too appealing but it was still a pretty cool experience. There was a mixture of hot, cold, indoor and outdoor pools as well as some spas and massage places.

Budapest Baths- Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Baths- Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Baths- Budapest, Hungary

Then that evening it was time for a fancy boat cruise along the Danube River complete with a buffet, wine, and an international DJ. Although it was really just one of the guys on our tour who had a mixing board, regardless it sounded great!

Hilltop Buda- Budapest, Hungary

Danube River Cruise- Budapest, Hungary

Oh hey look, it’s Parliament again! Craziness.

Danube River Cruise- Budapest, Hungary

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    david
    June 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

    hey Nadine again a nice article .
    here in the netherlands you can have the same dinner as everone els
    you just to tell them that you dont like or cant have things in your food and they will leave it out
    (before you order something) wird that it is not in all of europa :P
    i have learn something new then.

    David.

  • Reply
    jimmbboe
    June 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    You look great, Nadine! It’s a shame you can’t sample much of the local cuisine

  • Reply
    Dorina
    July 19, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Hey there, kisses from Budapest! :) It’s so good and strange to see my hometown in your video, feels like I’m a tourist :) Next time you’re here you must try our cuisine with all the spices and the sour cream and the meat (no wonder why all Hungarians are fat). Meat with meat.
    You’re very inspiring, hope I’ll get the chance to travel like you do! :)
    Szép napot! :) (Have a nice day!)

    Ps. Here’s my Youtube channel :)
    https://www.youtube.com/user/dododngraz

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