The week before midterms my parents decided to come to visit me in Prague and then travel with me to Budapest for the weekend. I was very happy to see them and show them all I have learned about the amazing city I had decided to study abroad in. My parents decided to make the most of their trip to Europe, so they visited Rome, Italy and Paris, France before taking a flight over to visit me in Prague, Czech Republic. I made it a priority to try and finish as much work as I can before they arrived because I knew I would be busy with them all week and was not going to have that much time to study for exams and complete upcoming homework. Lucky, I successfully completed the majority of my work, so I was able to revisit all of the historic places in Prague with them such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square. Each night they stayed in Prague, they took my friends and me out to dinner which I greatly appreciated because I was able to save some money and spend some quality time with them.
A few days after my parent’s arrival in Prague, we hopped on a train and headed for Budapest. We took a three and a half-hour long train ride with one of my roommates and his Mom and then headed for our Airbnb. The apartment we booked was clean and spacious which we were all happy about. We were also located a to minute walk from the Central Market Hall which is one of Budapest’s most popular spots. This market is two floors packed with food, clothes, and souvenirs. The first day we were there we bought a pass for the “hop-on-hop-off” bus which makes stops at all of the touristy sites around the city. Using that pass, we saw the Budapest Parliament building, Fisherman’s Basin, St. Stephens Basilica, Matthias Church, and Heroes’ Square. The second night we were there we got a boat tour of the city which was fantastic because we timed it up so sunset was right in the middle of the ride, just as we were passing the Parliament building.
Saturday night my friend and I decided to ditch our parents and check out the nightlife in Budapest. We each bought tickets to the “Sparty” at Széchenyi Thermal Bath which they offer every Saturday. When we got there, we met up with two of our friends who study abroad in Prague and go to Middlebury. We hopped in our bathing suits and had a great time drinking and dancing in the warm pools that were packed with people. After we were a little tired of the bath party we changed into our clothes and hopped in a taxi headed to a club called “Instant.” We had a great time at both the Sparty and Instant. The next day my parents got on a train headed to Vienna, Austria and I got on a train going back to Prague. It was really hard to say goodbye to them, but I knew I would see them soon and I was excited to be back in Prague. Overall, I loved Budapest. My only critique is that the city is big so some of the bus rides we took were really long.