As many of you probably already know from following my twitter account @NickYoungXXX I have been living in Budapest (pronounced Boo Dah Pesht; NOT BU-DA-pest) Hungary for the past 2 years. Here is the South West facing view from my place on Vigadó tér! Vigadó tér means litterally Vigadó Square. It is some guys name I think, it has been a while since I looked it up. It is a very popular square because it is immediately in front of the national music and preformaning arts center situated facing east towards the lovely Duna (Danube) River and on the other bank are the cliffs upon which the Citadel & Freedom Statue are seated perched looking over the entire city. Here is a photo of hte Music Center
Budapest is a "Square City" it was built loooooong before the car so there are squares & parks situated throughout the city encircled by buildings. This naturaly lends to a very social culture with lots of festivals. I think Budapest should be coined the Magical City of Festivals. One thing is for sure Hungarians may almost never smile, until that is you, you give them some Palinka at one of thier many amazing festivals. Then they are some of the most party it up people on the planet.
Practically every weekend there is some festival in one of the squres from ice cream to hamburgers to beer even turkey week, the big one is Margit Sziget Festival. It takes place on Margit's Island in the heart of Budapest. It is an amazing week of fun and parties for several days during the lovely month of August. Spring and Summer are really such an amazing time here in Hungary, I think that is the best time if you are planning a visit. Winter is kind of gross, and fall is unpredictable weather, but the color change is amazing if you are into that. Winter and Fall do not stop the festivals either; they simply change the beverage of choice to a warm wine or mulled cider in the colder months. :)
Living in Europ has been a lot of fun, a lot of learning and many surprises. The first thing I will say about living in a foriegn country is that you have to let go of any American expectations immediately. This is hard to do because as Americans we have grown to expect a certain level of service, availability of products & services, and daily conveniences we cannot imagine life without. The nice thing about Europe is you are so close to so many great cities and nations that nearly every weekend you can find a new adventure be it a short flight away or simply wandering the streets of Hungary. There are many challengest too, for example can you believe there is a place on the planet where Amazon does not deliver, much less have Prime where you can get your shit in 24 hours even on Sundays?!?!?!? NetFlix does not exist, excpet by proxy and VPN, so it is a bit costly still managed to pull it off. I won't even get into the corruption here because indeed my VISA is up for renewal and I don't want problems. ;) I have decided to write a few articles dedicated to my time and travels in Budapest and Europe. Below is a sample of images from the city I love and sometimes get annoyed by once in a while, Budapest. Enjoy!
I wanted to post some pictures of my time in Budapest so far, enjoy!
above are pictures of my view frome my apartment looking towards the Erzibet Bridge and the Freedom Statue. So lovely at nighttime.
Constition Day Fire Works from my apartment! Gawd, I miss Independence Day in America; they can really put on a fireworks display.
Above and below, people Gathering for some protest against the government asking all the poor forieners to leave and not take Hungarian jobs. LOL Um, Expats create a lot of jobs and add to your economy HU! Think it through.
Istvan's Cathederal. They actually have an old dead hand from thier previous ruler on display. You can pay to shine a light on it for a better look. CREEPY!!!
Above on a clear night from my Flat facing the Duna & Freedome Statue.
A beautiful bridge (the architecture is amazing here) @ Sunset.
The Preforming Art Center @ Vigado ter. More amazing architecture. :)