Warning: Extreme Sappiness Ahead

Tomorrow I leave Budapest and in 24 hours I’ll be physically back in the home country. My room is basically empty, my suitcase is basically at capacity, and my heart is basically overflowing with love for this city.

There’s a phrase I’ve see a lot on signs or rugs in tacky home goods shops. It goes something along the lines of “home is where the wifi connects.” Today as I wandered around I was slightly amused to see how many areas of the city my phone seemed to be at home in. It was a little technological memoir of my time here, and it was nice to know that I covered so much of this place in such a small amount of months (it’ll also be nice soon to not have to ask for the wifi password everywhere I go).

I don’t have words to sum up my experience here, so I’m going to tell you about the #2 tram instead. Why you ask? Because it’s the most fucking beautiful ride you will ever take. Not because the tram itself is beautiful (it’s actually an ugly yellow colour) but because the view across the Danube is absolutely breathtaking. If you google it I think it’s been ranked in the top ten best tram rides in the world, so there ya go.

I took this ride 2 times a week to get to my internship, which was at the very end of the line. I got pretty familiar with the trip but the view never failed to impress the hell out of me. I saw it on warm sunny days and cold foggy mornings and it was never any less spectacular. I didn’t take any pictures though, because I was too busy looking out the window so you’re gonna either have to take my word for it or come to Budapest yourself (I highly suggest the second option).

Over the course of these commutes I started compiling songs that evoked the feelings I felt while on this tram looking out at the beautiful scenery. Eventually it expanded to include how I felt walking around looking at the beautiful architecture too, and culminated in a playlist of #budapestfeels from the semester.

I’m listening to it now and I’ll probably listen to it every day while crying a little bit after I return to the states. I’ll also probably get sick of the songs soon but for now they very much sum up Budapest for me (and no, I didn’t include George Ezra).

Anyways, I thought I’d share it here as a last farewell to this extraordinary city.

Viszontlátásra, Magyarország ❤ ❤ ❤

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Keeping Up With the Hungarians

I’m here, I’m alive, and so far so good. This place is really cool, and not at all what I had expected. Even though I don’t actually think I had any expectations. It’s really interesting because the streets are squeaky clean and beautiful, but the buildings range between very decrepit and very new. The signs on some shops are kind of beat up and scruffy, and they kind of remind me of overcrowded signs on stores in India, but less crowded.

The city is beautiful in both the day and the night, but I have to say the night gives it a certain quality that is indescribable. A lot of the buildings get lit up from below so you can see all the cool shadows created in the enclaves of the buildings. The Parliament at night is one of the coolest things I’ve seen. Not necessarily because it’s gorgeous as shit, but because the lights attract dozens of birds that end up circling around above, lit up from beneath. From far away they look like small paper birds being sent up from the roof of the building. Check out photos on Facebook re: birds, even though I couldn’t fully capture the beauty of it.

I had my first Hungarian class a couple days ago and I kind of like the language. I didn’t understand the pronunciation method at first but once you sit down and someone shows you, it’s more intuitive than you would think. I can now say that I am an american student (amerikai diák vagyok) but I think my favourite word so far is probably pingvin (guess what that means). Also fun fact the inventor of the Rubik’s cube, Rubik Ernő, is Hungarian and he’s still around and teaches at a university here. I still can’t solve those little buggers though.

As for the nightlife, this city has some of the coolest bars I’ve been to. I don’t know a whole lot of Budapest’s history yet, but I do know it’s been burnt down/destroyed way too many times. Because of this there are at least a couple ruin bars where bars have been built among ruined buildings. They’re sort of outdoors and have strange decor and furniture and vibe is absolutely fantastic.

Basically, this city is awesome and I’m so glad I’m here for a while so I can keep exploring. Obviously I’m going to travel other places in Europe, but having this place be my home base is probably the best idea I’ve ever had.

Classes start on Monday so stay tuned for some history and art lessons in the near future!

Also if you’re feeling particularly generous, feel free to mail me stuff! My address is:

Dharani Persaud
Corvinus University of Budapest
ISP – CIEE Study Center
Room 140
Fővám tér 8
1093 Budapest
Hungary

And send me your address if you want a postcard or something. I haven’t figured out post offices or stamps here yet but it’s on my to-do list.

Until next time!