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Day 59, Budapest

sunny 30 °C

We didn’t leave the house until 1200, reading about the disturbing events in Vancouver. We walked around in the very hot sunshine for a while ending up back at the market. This time we bought paprika to take home and a few jars of honey as well. We found a purveyor selling cut up kielbasa, we took 200g they placed in a bag (which we tore open immediately) it cost us 1 euro! Amazing stuff, I wish we could bring it home. On our way back to our room we stopped at a DM and bought shampoo, soap and toothpaste (all American brands) for 7 euro. What an awesome deal!
We got home and grabbed our bathing suits and a towel. We walked the very long walk (I’m scared of public transit here) to the City Park looking for Szechenyi Baths. We paid the 13 euro each, although it was a steep price we had heard really good things. The bath waters are supplied by two thermal springs. They have various minerals in them which are said to be good for a wide variety of different ailments. It’s housed in a gorgeous early 1900 building and it’s hard to believe when you look up at the beautiful and ornate ceilings, you are in a bath.
The first two swimming pools we tried were outside. You don’t actually swim in them, you just sit around and enjoy. The temperatures were 38 and 32 degrees. We decided to pool hop the pools inside the building. They were a wide variety of temperatures, from 20-40 degrees. We loved it so much! I didn’t think I could ever get so much enjoyment out of soaking in a tub with strangers! There were people of all shapes and sizes stuffed into swimsuits to tight for their bodies. And I saw my first thong bikini, disgustingly enough worn by a girl who couldn’t have been more than 17 years old. I couldn’t take any pictures because we were advised not to bring any valuables, which is a really unfortunate thing, it was exceedingly beautiful!
We left 3 hours after we got there, walking a long way home. We got more money and went to dinner. It was a restaurant in a basement under an inn. Everything, including the low archways was covered in brick. If you took away the tables and nice floor I’d imagine it looked a lot like this 500 years ago. The food was great, traditional Hungarian and as a bonus we were the only people there, it was like a private dining room. It was a fantastic day.

Posted by s-a 09:04 Archived in Hungary Tagged budapest

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