Budapest: It’s never too late to remember

When we picture one year in Europe, we automatically imagine London, Paris, Rome… I did all of them, but with a twist. Since college times, when once I read the book Budapest from the Brazilian singer/writer Chico Buarque, I grew an enormous curiosity inside me about this city. And I arrived there expecting the clear images which the novel built in my mind: the dark green Danube, the mysterious people, the crazy language and my favorite character: José Costa (a ghost-writer that moves from Rio towards Budapest and says that the Hungarian language is the only language in the world which the devil actually respects). I’m not sure about this information, but I did find José Costa in Budapest, and I payed enough attention to the language. But to me, Hungarian sounded more like a classical music, that I didn’t want to stop listening to.

We stayed in Budapest only for 24 magic hours: it was like a cozy break between our Christmas in Vienna and our New Year’s Eve in Prague. But one day was enough to get to know all the main spots in town and to try the sweetest cherry on the cake: the Szechenyi Gyogyfurdo thermal baths (you can check the official website by clicking here). I got speechless after this unique experience: -2 degrees outside the pool and you’re on your bath suit – unbelievable. The water is completely amazing in its 38 degrees, and it just makes you feel better than you ever felt before. After this, a yummy goulash at the hostel’s bar, Kiado Kocsma, and a comfortable bed to prepare our bodies for the next day of walking and a six-hour trip by bus to Prague.

Can I come back?

19 thoughts on “Budapest: It’s never too late to remember

  1. Great post! I love your story about the writer. Budapest is one of my favourite European cities, but I didn’t have the chance to try the thermal baths while I was there. I’ll have to check them out next time!

    1. Please do it, Ben! It’s one of the best experiences in my life, so far! Go at night, and have a goulash after. And some beer, if you like 🙂 The story about the writer is much bigger and interesting, but it was not possible to write everything here. If you can, read the book. Chico Buarque is an amazing singer in Brazil, and did it very well as a writer too. 🙂

      1. That sounds like a perfect evening! I really enjoyed the beer there. Lots of people told me it was really cheap, but really bad. But I thought it was really good! I’ll have to look into that book, I’ve not heard of Chico Buarque before.

      1. Unfortunately, I am a life-long monoglot – so all languages besides English have a strange sound to me – but you are correct, some have an inherent beauty.

  2. My mother’s side of the family are Hungarian immigrants (to the U.S.). I grew up listening to the language and even had the chance to see Budapest both during the communist socialist regime and after. You hit the nail on the head about the language. It’s bloody murder to learn, but beautiful to listen to in its musical cadence.

    1. I can imagine how hard it is to learn… This book I mentioned is about a Portuguese ghost-writer which, for some reason, decides to move to Budapest. And the story is all about his struggle in learning the language, and then he decides to write the new words he learns day by day at the body of a woman he fell in love with.

  3. Did not have enough time to check all of your photos out, but those I’ve seen until now are pretty amazing! Cool 🙂 Now I feel even more appreciated 🙂 Keep it going! See ya somewhere in the world! You should try to visit Poland during the spring!

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