City Review : Budapest, Hungary 2011
August 31st – September 2nd
Where I stayed :
Retox Hostel. Located in the middle of the action. Price was around $12 per night and has okay wifi with two public computers. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable about the city. Every night an event was planned to party hard. They had the grand opening of a new bar that is part of the building and was very busy, however the nightly events they plan are always somewhere else and you have all of your hostel mates to party with.
I slept in a room with 7 bunk beds. I felt generally safe and had a free locker to put my stuff. Although I really enjoyed my stay there, the main downside was that it was kind of hard to sleep during the day because the room was very bright and too hot to sleep.
Forint or Huf. 100 huf = .50 cent.
Beer Factor :
In general, beer was about ($2) 400 huf for beer draft beers in nice bars and restaurants. I really enjoy all of the different local Hungarian beers that I tried on draft. Among the top 5 countries with the best beer in the world.
Food Factor :
Burger King was ($6-7)1200-1500 for a medium size combo meal. Other food included pastas, goulash soup, and lots of dishes with meat and bread types. Prices range from 800-200 on average. My favorite food there was actually late night beef gyro wraps. I had plenty of them, 600 huf each.
Female Factor :
Being in the main tourist area for my visit I was disappointed that I didn’t get to meet any locals. However I did randomly end up with a quick video of a local girl while I was testing my new HD cam.
Most Overrated :
Goulash Soup. Everyone talked about how good this traditional Hungarian dish was and I was recommended a good place to try it. I won’t be having it again.
Personal Trip Summary :
I really enjoyed the city of Budapest. Octagon square, the area we stayed in, was loaded with bars, people and restaurants and everything was easy to get to, no taxis, buses or trams needed. We saw a lot and never had to spent more than 5 minutes walking to anything. This is a place that I could go back to and live for a summer.
Two short blog post from my Budapest Trip.