I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas with family and friends! This year Ben and I are in Hungary, enjoying the festivities with my side of the family. The only hard part about this is that now we are missing his side of the family. But maybe one day we can have one big Christmas with everyone being together.
(Those letters tho haha)
But for now let’s go back to the Wednesday before Christmas:
Wednesday was an off day for us. We arrived to Hungary on Tuesday and usually we spend the day after with lazy activities. Tuesday night we were so wide awake that we couldn’t go to bed until 5 am-ish so we ended up sleeping in until 1 pm on Wednesday. Not good. I always try to pay attention to not giving in to jet-lag but sometimes I slip off. I even set an alarm for 9 am but we both ended up sleeping through it and my parents weren’t home to wake us up.
I felt so guilty for wasting half a day ..ugh.
But after eating breakfast/lunch we got dressed pretty fast and headed into Budapest.
We met up with my friend and after doing a little christmas shopping we went to a Christmas market. I love Christmas markets so much! The area is always so beautifully decorated and I love having a cup of hot wine while walking around.
We decided to walk down to the Danube to check the Buda Castle. It is the prettiest at night… We literally do this same route every time we are home. My friend just said that we really have to mix the route up the next time because she is getting sick of it haha
As we were walking towards the St. Stephen Basilica we saw this beautifully decorated Christmas tree:
hahaha so cute. We believe that the story behind it is that there was one person who was responsible to decorate the tree in front of the Basilica (for pictures about that scroll down:) ) and this tree! But by the time (s)he got done with the other tree (s)he couldn’t take it anymore and lost all patience and just threw the lights up in the air and hoped for the best. And this is the best 😀
In my eyes Budapest is the most beautiful city ever and I love it during any time of the year but the christmas light add some extra magic to it. I could just walk around the city for hours, watching it sparkle.
Reaching the Basilica! So majestic.
So here is the above mentioned decorated tree:
There is an ice skating ring at the bottom of it too 🙂
They had a light show on the Basilica, sort of a short version of the Nutcracker:
After the light show we headed back to the car. Our next plan was to go and check the Rudas Thermal Bath and its rooftop hot tub so we can have some relaxing time while looking over the gorgeous view. It was the perfect plan at that point because we were freezing. I have been planning on doing this for years but this winter break, no matter what, it had to happen. I am not a huge fan of thermal baths usually but I really wanted to go and see the open rooftop area and it was absolutely worth it.
The bath is next to the Danube, below Gellert Hill. (This is not my picture but it is here to present the actual view)
We probably spent at least an hour just sitting in the water talking and staring and occasionally just silently zoning out. It was a little crowded at the beginning but we went there knowing that and with the goal of out lasting anybody in there so we can have it to ourselves 🙂
Another mission we had to accomplish was for me to not get sick in the sauna. So far it was Orsi vs. Sauna: 0-2. Both times I went into a sauna I got sick after like 3 minutes and had to run out to puke. Very awkward.
But this time we were prepared. Before we went in there, we made sure we located the nearest trash can, just in case and took some ice with me. We tried three different ones and I can proudly say that I lasted this time without having to sprint out. We felt very happy with the result, even tho we spent only about 5 minutes in each but that is a great start.
After the sauna we went back to the roof top. We stayed until closing time and now it sure got a whole lot less busy.
DO YOU LIKE TO GO TO A SPA?
DO YOU ENJOY SAUNAS?
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU WANT TO REST?