Spending a month working, living and everything in between in Budapest felt magically unreal. The stunning, picturesque architecture, unique culture, and the breathtaking views made me one happy gal.
One of my favorite parts of the city is that you can pretty much walk the entire thing (fully accomplished getting those steps in during my time here 😉 ).
Any city you can use your feet as a main source of transportation quickly gains points with me.
Budapest is basically split up into 2 cities – Buda and Pest which is separated by the Danube River. You can easily walk across the many bridges to fully explore each side. There are thermal baths sprinkled throughout the city that each have a unique personality of their own. I can’t compare them to anything I’ve been to before so you have to experience them for yourself and let me know what you think.
When I travel to a new place, I make a playlist for each city. These songs always bring me back to exactly the time and place I was. I’ll be sharing my favorite songs as I ventured through the streets of Budapest at the end of this post.
I have to admit that my relationship with Budapest was not quite love at first sight, but this city’s alluring charm grew on me.
Once I first arrived, I felt a strong longing for Berlin (my favorite city in the world thus far). These two cities couldn’t be more different, so instead of comparing the two I learned to embrace every part of Budapest’s deep history, romantic surroundings, and bit of a dark past.
I have to admit I am somewhat behind on blogging my travels. I have needed time to be introspective on the first part of this journey as I transitioned into being a full-time nomad (aka glamorously homeless / living out of my suitcase 😉 ). This lifestyle comes with a lot of ups and some downs. I needed time to process all of it within myself but I’m ready to share more and share it often with you.
I’ve had to shed a lot of preconceptions I have had about this lifestyle. This has allowed me to live with more freedom while I release all that self-judgement I’ve been carrying around. This life is far from conventional, but it’s the life that makes me the happiest thus far. Some people say I will get tired of traveling and that I will eventually need a permanent address. I have yet to align with feeling this way.
Like you, I am trying to finding my way in this big, wide world of ours.
And as time goes on and I explore more of this world, I’m in awe of truly how vast it is. My journey has led me to move around, expand, discover new pieces of myself, and also let go of some things I’ve been carrying around that I no longer need. I’ve only just started.
Now that I have made the decision to not return back to the states and live as a full-time world wanderer I can go back and reflect on my time in each country. Also, my photos are desperately seeking a home instead of just taking space up on my hard drive.
This month was full of adventure, magical sisterhood, falling back in love with myself + my business. If you read my last post about Berlin, I talked about how my business started feeling foreign to me as I ventured into this new lifestyle.
My work needed time to catch up with all of the changes. Budapest is where some new ideas sparked about my business and new digital store I just launched a bit ago.
I got my business mojo back and actually have been on a roll ever since. I’ll always thank Budapest for inspiring this!
This bar was my absolute favorite in here in Budapest – Pontoon. This was one of the most magical spots to watch the sunset and have cocktails. The best part is that it has swings!!! Yes, you read correctly – swings! Sit on swings, lay in a hammock, or sit on the edge of the Danube River and soak up all of the beauty the city has to offer.
I learned the importance of loving and accepting people where they are it. We’re all trying the best we can with what life experiences we’ve picked up along the way. I realized the importance of friendship, sisterhood, and letting people in. I’ve always been reluctant about letting people get too close. I learned to fully embrace old and new friendships here in Budapest.
People can come and go quickly so learning to appreciate the fullness of the experience is something I’m constantly trying to grasp.
I can look back and value each and every person I have crossed paths with. I know each human that comes in my life on this journey around the world is there to teach me something. Whether it was someone I’ve been traveling with for months or someone I crossed paths with for one afternoon.
I lived in a yellow apartment in Budapest that I like to call a yellow submarine. It was a strange apartment and a bat even flew into the living room on my first night there (uhhh… seriously terrifying!) but a couple days in I was back to having my daily dance breaks like normal.
I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of doing touristy things instead I prefer to feel the vibe of place by living like a local. I can be in a city and not see some of the most important “things to see” and I feel completely satisfied.
I used to feel pressure when people would say, “you’ve been to Budapest and haven’t seen _______?!” Now I can just look at them and politely answer yes and I probably won’t. Haha! Sometimes it’s fun to play tourist for a day, but I enjoy doing it on my own terms.
I knew this city had too much to discover for me to not fully play tourist for just one day. So I took myself out on a photo date. With my camera in one hand and a croissant in the other, I was on a mission to capture this charming city from a different angle, hopefully.
If you’re staying in Budapest and want an amazing grocery store, make sure you head to Culinaris. Amazing selection of chocolate… which is clearly the most important thing in life. But if your diet doesn’t only consist of chocolate then they also have a great selection of fruits, veggies, gourmet sauces and other goodies. I went here often 😉
Yes, this looks like a fabulous museum but this is actually a bookstore/cafe called Book Cafe. If you’re in Budapest, you must venture here to feel like you are dining in a beautiful and eclectic cathedral. The food is amazing and I hear the cakes are heavenly. I sat here with a new friend and we talked the entire afternoon about boys and business 😉
Since I’ve left the states, I’ve had a lot to process. Process a new way of living and making peace with my past. When I first started my adventure, I may have been running away from certain things I didn’t want to deal with. I overstuffed that time and space with everything – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I took it all in and I wanted to feel every part of it.
My time in Budapest I began (but didn’t fully conquer this yet) to not fill the space with distractions like tinder dates and socializing 24/7. My time to reflect happened mostly on my runs. Running has always quieted my mind and allowed me to always take a deeper look into what’s going on in my life. It’s always been a meditation for me.
My favorite place to run in Europe so far was here along Margaret Island. You can head over to a bridge and run around the entire island on a paved running track.
I spent a lot of time at a magical rooftop bar called 360 Bar. I do have to admit that this place has probably the worst service ever, but the breathtaking view here makes up for it.
Some of my favorite moments in Budapest was meeting up with some lovely people that my friend connected me with. It’s wild when you meet up with people half way across the globe and end up having a handful of mutual friends.
Most of all during my month in Budapest, I have learned to let go of attachments – both physical and emotional. Out of practicality, I am forced to let go of my attachment to physical things… especially clothes because I currently have about 5 outfits.
Living out of a suitcase forces you to come to terms with how much you truly need and how much you can live without.
I have also learned to let go of attachments to things I’ve always believed to be true, relationships that grew and others that changed shape. When I let go of these attachments I am able to truly receive all the deliciousness each present moment has to offer because in the next second it can all go away.
I’ll always look back on Budapest with major gratitude as this marked halfway through 6 months of traveling with a program I joined back in July. It’s a place where this nomadic lifestyle started feeling somewhat normal and functional. Budapest – I do love you.
Budapest Soundtrack –
Do It, Try It (The Blaze Remix) – M83
Naturally (feat. Jenna Kyle) – BAILE
This Girl – Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners
Home (feat. Eleni Drake) – EMBRZ
Four Walls – Broods
Follow Me – Jasmine Thompson
Got It Bad – LEISURE