Oh my god, I did so much yesterday I didn’t really have all that much to do today! Sure, there are still LOTS of things to do here in terms of museums, churches etc. but at this point these kinds of things are sort of wasted on me. I’m finding myself just going through the motions sometimes, and not really absorbing what I’m seeing. There is only so much room in my brain to take in so much, and me thinks my vessel is overflowing! I’m eager to move it along, get to Istanbul and have my mind blown by the history, culture and beauty of the place. And Greece. I’m so excited to meet up with Deb there for 24 glorious days of sun, food, beach and ruins. It’s going to be incredible!
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So I was going to start off today by walking to the top of Gellert Hill and checking out the cave church on the way up but it was so muggy and sticky today that I just didn’t feel like walking up a steep hill to see a view that I had seen a day before from a slightly different vantage point. Instead I took the metro to the opposite end of town to go to this place for lunch that I’d read about called The Hummus Bar. For some reason, I really needed some hummus. And falafel. I was just craving it! So I totally made a special trip to get some. I was greeted at the door with a cup of mint iced tea on the house and ordered my plate and went and sat outside. It was delicious. Not as good as my hummus, if I’m going to be honest and totally not humble, but delicious nonetheless! The House of Hungarian Art Nouveau was in the same neighbourhood so I thought I would be interesting to go have a look at since Budapest has a lot of Art Nouveau buildings and influence. Unfortunately, I was wrong. It was kind of a lunch bag letdown. It cost approx. 6 euro to get in and essentially it was a weird little store that was kind of disguised as a museum. There were a few interesting things in there, but I think I spent *maybe* 10 minutes in there. Oh well, you win some and you lose some!
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I went to Vorosmatry Square to do a little shopping. I wasn’t doing any exciting, fun shopping but more “errand style” shopping. I desperately needed new underwear and a white bra. The white bra that I brought is sadly no longer white, no matter what I do to it, so it was a necessity. And I just happened upon a Birkenstock store… I wanted to buy a pair when I was in Germany but I couldn’t find any that I liked so I gave up on it. This shop had a pair that I loved, and it was the last pair in my size! It was meant to be so they are now mine. And my FUGLIES are in the garbage. Finally. I just couldn’t bear walking around in shoes that I couldn’t stand seeing on my feet any more. I can’t wear my flip flops 24/7, so the Birkies are the new go to shoe. I know I’m silly, but shoes and hair are my 2 weaknesses!
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My day ended with a lovely grocery store meal. I was feeling a little on the poorer side after spending my money on underwear and shoes, so a little cheese and melba toast did the trick. They have Emmenthal cheese slices here (you know, like Kraft slices?) It was so delish! I opened up my complimentary bottle of wine from my hotel and had a lovely dinner at home.
What the heck?
The Hungarian House of Art Nouveau.