Thermal Bath Raves, Food Markets and Copious Alcohol.
To celebrate/cry about the end of university, my Uni friend Lauren and I went on a much needed 3 day boozy trip to Budapest.
For this trip, and very unlike me, I had done next to no research about the city, but was super excited nonetheless.
Szechenyi Thermal Bath
We landed at 9pm and after 1 long hour of walking around hopelessly looking for Vodka, we were bikini’ed up and ready to walk to the famous Thermal Bath Spa rave at the Szechenyi baths.
By the time we arrived it was around 12.30am and we thought we may have missed last entry! We hadn’t got our hopes up that the party was going to be good as literally no one else was walking in the same direction as us. But, as soon as we walked through the entrance we could hear the booming music and screams of very drunk tourists. We knew we were in the right place.
On entrance you get a wristband which gives you access to a locker for your clothes. You are then directed through some sliding doors and come out in front of a massive glowing outdoor pool filled with people. To be honest, as two girls on their own we were not left alone in the pool even for 5 seconds. It seemed a lot like all the boys there only had one thing on their mind…
We stupidly thought that the bath spa party would provide towels, so we had to literally shake ourselves dry! We also forgot to bring any spare underwear so we had to walk home with our wet bikinis on, and then just shorts and a top! Unorganised doesn’t even cover it!
Unfortunately I don’t have one single picture of this night, but it was one of my favourites!
Way Too Hungover
Due to us being out each night, I don’t really feel we saw the best of what Budapest has to offer. We did walk over the liberty bridge, across to the other side of the river, to see the magnificent parliament building head on. This building is so cool and it’s no wonder why it is one of the iconic pictures of Buda. I’ve also always seen pictures of Budapest mainly in the evening, so we went for a walk down the other side of the Parliament Building to see the amazing riverside view all lit up, before it chucked it down with rain.
We were super lucky that a food market was on the whole weekend, so there was an unlimited amount of traditional Hungarian food, burgers or hot chocolate.
Italian restaurants were of no shortage in Budapest which surprised me. There seemed to be as many Italian places to eat as there are pubs in England. I am ashamed to say that on one very hungover day, we fancied some pasta (or any carbs really) so badly that we picked our favourite/cheapest one, ‘Eataliano’, and sat down for a massive bowl of carbonara. It’s strange to say but it was honestly the best pasta I have ever eaten, rivalling pasta I’ve had actually in Italy.
I’m not sure if my hungover state blinded me to how good it actually was, but I hope not!
I will definitely return to Budapest in the future but the aim to have an amazing weekend filled with nightlife was certainly achieved!