In September, Alex and I decided to go on a trip to visit a few Eastern and Central European cities instead of going home to Malaysia. So there goes all our ”hard-earned?” wages from summer jobs!
Our first destination was Budapest. We spent three nights there.
A little fact that fascinated me. Budapest, the capital of Hungary is divided into two parts by River Danube. Buda is where the castle and old city is located and Pest is where the new shopping and commercial districts are (the more happening area). Thus, together they’re Budapest! Prague, the capital of Czech Republic has a similar geography where it’s also divided into two by a river, but they aren’t called Pra and Gue. =.=”
We spent the first two days wandering around in Pest and then the third full day in Buda. However, the day we were in Buda was tremendously horrible because it rained heavily the whole day! Wet feet is the worst feeling…
Buda is where the castle is located and it’s where to go to get the view overlooking the river and Pest. The castle complex is like a small lovely town within a city, on a hill. It should be very nice to walk around if it wasn’t because of the rain! And located under this small lovely town is an underground hospital used intermittently in the last few decades and then converted into a nuclear fallout shelter. The 1-hour tour was interesting.
Hungary was part of the Iron Curtain and a former communist country, but one of the first to break away. Visiting Budapest was a totally different experience and gave a different perspective to Europe.
p.s. Yes! I made time for this post. Next is Vienna.