Why It’s Taken Me So Long to Write About Budapest

March 18, 2016,

Have you ever travelled somewhere completely new (to you) but come to find that upon your arrival, it was as if you were home? There’s not much about Budapest that you’d mistake it for Montreal – it’s more that upon arriving in Budapest I felt incredibly safe, protected, peaceful and at home. How had I not been here before? It felt like I knew this place. I arrived quite late at night but the next morning, I woke up early and set off to explore the city. Again, this city felt oddly familiar to me – I learned the streets, and the routes fairy quickly. I must admit Budapest is a well-designed city, and quite simple – which is maybe why I caught on so quickly but I still found that there was something like a déjà-vu going on (in the best way possible).Andrássy út Avenue in Budapest // on happiestwhenexploring . com

Despite the familiarity of the city, there was no shortage of excitement and awe. Budapest is incredibly beautiful – the Art Nouveau architecture is something special, Andrássy út (Avenue) is a charming boulevard (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Chain Bridge, the Parliament Building and even the rickety, old yellow trams are something to admire.

It’s taken me so long to put my reflections down in writing on the blog because I feel an incredible affinity with Budapest. I didn’t know what I could “say” about the city that would inspire the feelings I had. I did not want to limit the city to a list of must-sees or must-dos. I feel as if the city itself is the entity that needs to be explored and pondered over, as you would a historical artefact or building – like an opera house (which BUD just happens to have an important one, Magyar Àllami Operzház).

Gelato in Budapest // on happiestwhenexploring . com

I will be writing more posts about Budapest sooner than later, having now shared my feelings about this special city. But I want to hear from you – what do you want to know about Budapest?

It’s your turn! I asked – what do you want to know about Budapest?
Even better, if you have been to Budapest already what was your experience?Why It's Taken Me So Long to Write About Budapest: Reflections of Budapest // at happiestwhenexploring . com 

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  • Reply Ilena C. March 19, 2016 at 2:53 am

    I’m travelling to Budapest in June 2017. I wonder if it’ll have the same effect on me? I will let you know!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring March 21, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      <3 I can't wait to hear about it!!

  • Reply Celia March 27, 2016 at 2:29 am

    I want to go to Budapest for its beauty and that ice cream cone

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring March 28, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Budapest is really wonderful… I know you will love it! I see you there 🙂 Also, thanks for the tip on the ice cream.. you’re the one that told me about the cool gelato in BUD 😀

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  • Reply Caitlin May 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I went to Budapest a few months ago and I have to say I really did have a similar experience! It’s one of my favorite cities that I visited in Europe. I didn’t know much about it before I went and honestly didn’t have high expectations or anything but was blown away by how fast I fell in love with the city. It felt like home to me as well but that could be because of the wonderful hostel I stayed in and the great group of people I met there. I have to go back!!! Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring May 1, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      hey Caitlin!

      It’s so cool to hear that you had a similar experience in Budapest… <3 Sounds like you had a magical time here!

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