We got off of the plane and stumbled to our hostel. We all were exhausted and tired and we had to take a train then walk 15 minutes to our hostel and heave our heavy bags up four flights of stares. And here's the catch-- we're at the wrong hostel. We were at Carpe Noctem not Carpe Noctem Vitae. Whoops. So we had to turn right around and carry our heavy bags DOWN four flights of stairs and then walk another 10 minutes. Joy. When we found our actual hostel, a lingerie store is directly in front of it. We were a little weirded out but as soon as we rode the elevator to the "pent-house" top-floor, to where our hostel was located, we felt like we were entering a home. Carpe Noctem Vitae is the best hostel I've ever been to and probably will ever go to in my life. It was so chill, relaxed, laid-back. I felt like I was home. There is graffiti art covering the walls and comfy couches everywhere. People are chilling on the roof-deck, playing guitar and sipping beers. There's people playing darts and video-games and just napping on bean-bags. The people who work there are all bare-foot and wearing beachy attire. The people who all work there are travelers as well. They all loved Budapest so much they couldn't leave it. And that's why they work there, because they simply can't leave. I felt like I was home. I felt warm, safe, happy. It was the best feeling in the world. We checked in and got settled in our 15 person room, which was empty of bodies at the time but stuff was strewn everywhere. So we set our stuff down and headed out to a burrito restaurant we passed on our walk.
Anyways, we happily at our burritos and then headed back to the hostel to rest, shower, and recoop. We went out that night with our hostel. Carpe Noctem Vitae is one of the 5 biggest party hostels in Budapest. When we decided to stay there weeks ago, I was grumpy. I imagined a party-hostel to be a bunch of fist-pumping tool bags who just want to get shit-faced and party 24/7. Little did I know it would be this chill, relaxed fun place. I'm so happy we decided to stay here. Anyways, we went to a little bar called Morrison's where we ordered mixed drinks and sang Karaoke and danced. The bar was beneath ground level and had 4 different areas, one for the bar itself, one for Karaoke, one for dancing, and one for standing/chilling. We grabbed a table with our new friends from our room: LAD, Trevor, and Chris and a bunch of other people joined in on our table fun. It was awesome. Everyone I met was friendly and happy and I enjoyed the conversation thoroughly. We ordered mixed drinks which was such a wonderful change of pace. We've mainly been sticking to beers because it's so much cheaper. A beer in Greece is around 2-3 euros but a mixed drink is between 8-12 euros. Here, in Budapest, it was happy-hour so all mixed drinks was the equivalent of 2-3 euros. Heavens to Betsy was that such a treat! We drank Mai Tai's and Mojitos and we all were content. Dylan was there and we ended up chatting quite a bit. I ordered Kelsey and I a "Jellyfish" drink, not realizing it was going to be the single most disgusting drink in the world. Ughh. But other than the Jellyfish, everything was delicious and it was a WONDERFUL night.
Once we were all finished up at the House of Terror, we headed over to Heroes Square to check out the monument there and then we went off to the Budapest Baths.
The Budapest was nothing like the Turkish Baths. There was no sauna, no massage, no anything like it. The Budapest bath was simply a warm pool where people were sitting in and around. Personally, I thought it was a waste of time and money but the water was warm and it was sunny so I couldn't complain too badly. I just think I wasn't quite ready to be in a swim suit yet. After eat-eat-eating all spring break long I'm not feeling all that great about my body. But, I know I shouldn't be overly concerned with that but I'm a 21 year old girl! Of course that's a concern of mine. Anyways, we laid in the water and by it for a few hours and then headed back to the hostel.
We ate dinner at the hostel because we were eating "family-style" that night. One of the staff was preparing dinner and we all were chipping in a bit of cash (about 3 euro) and we all were sharing a meal together. How cute is that?!? Hawaii, the name of one of the staff, was making dinner and she was preparing chili over rice. It was a little bland but overall, delicious. Home-cookin? Haven't had that in awhile.
Tonight is the booze cruise night. We all had signed up for it and we were pumped. We started the night off at a bar so we could order inexpensive drinks and start the night a little earlier than the boat was prepared to take off. Kelsey, Steph, and I all ordered only 1 drink: A shot of Golden Tequlia. Tequila and I are not friends. We don't even make eye contact. I'm not a fan at all. However, this was the best shot of Tequila I had ever taken in my life. You wanna know why? Throw away your salt and limes my friends, and pick up an orange and a dash of cinnamon. Now that's the way to take a Tequila shot.
|LAD, Trevor, Chris and Me!|
So we all piled onto the boat and grabbed our bottles of cheap champagne. The boat passed all the major sites so we got to cheers our individual bottles of champagne to each site as we passed it. I met a few guys from Spain, a few from New Zealand, and a few from Australia. How awesome to meet people from all over the world and to get to talk easily and fluently with them with absolutely no language barrier? It was awesome. The sites were beautiful and I enjoyed being on the water with great people.
We caught our plane with no problems other than our bags being 5 kilos too heavy so we had to super-duper-cram our carry-ons. We headed back to Thessaloniki and were all sad to be leaving Budapest but so happy to be returning to Thess. When we landed and grabbed a cab, I couldn't stop smiling. I was so happy to be back home. It was an amazing journey, a complete and total whirlwind. 5 countries in 15 days. That's a whirlwind trip for you. Not only did I learn about other cultures and other cities, but I learned about myself. I can feel myself changing, growing, shifting. It's a wonderful thing to have your eyes and heart opened in such a way.
I was ecstatic to have had such adventures galavanting all over Europe with great friends, but I was exhausted and ready for my own room, my own shower, and for a chicken souvlaki. The minute Kels and I set our bags down we headed out to get a chicken souvlaki. Here's our happy pictures of being home.