It was never in our plan.
My friend and I were working late at night when we simultaneously decide to travel to Amsterdam. Her program was cancelled for the following day so she had nothing to do. She decided to go then convinced me to accompany her. I was completely broke so she paid my fare for now. So there we were, at 1 AM running towards the train station to get tickets. We left for Amsterdam after three hours. It was quite tiring because we had to change trains and buses four times ( one bus and three trains). I did expect it, after all it was last minute.
After a month of traveling around Europe, I have reached my main destination at last. The conference is the reason why I was able to visit Europe. Since I had a complex time in applying for Schengen, I opted traveling around so my efforts will not be wasted.
My final day in Budapest was more of a quick tour. I do not really like rushed explorations however it is better to explore rather than do nothing at all. Personally, I would have spent at least a week in the city.
Budapest was an unexpected trip for me. I have given up on going to Budapest while I was at Vienna since train tickets were expensive. However, we got really lucky while in Prague. I accompanied my roommate who was planning to buy a bus ticket to Poland. There were plenty of deals, Budapest included.
So, I took the chance. My other roommate ( who was also going to Budapest), decided to forego his train ride, instead opting for the bus trip. Luckily, he got the full price back for that train ticket. We headed to Budapest that midnight.
Sleepy and dazed, we finally arrived in Budapest. We slept for another three hours before exploring the city. I was lucky that my roommate already knows his way around so I pretty much got a free tour.
I remembered eating goulash while I was in Vienna. During my stay there, I was quite disappointed that I would not be able to visit Budapest despite being so close, so I had my fill of goulash. The train prices were too ridiculous to even consider taking that trip. However, I found myself in Budapest after a day in Prague. It just hit me, I visited three countries in three days. Of course I was awestruck as I’m a first -timer, but I guess this is normal for European residents.
Anyway, I would like to write about that later on and instead focus on the wonderful Central Market Hall.
I was planning to spend three days at Prague however due to a wonderful deal, I manage to squeeze a trip to Budapest. The trip was quite easy, reaching Budapest after just five hours.
When I came back to Prague, I only had a day left to explore the city. This time I was alone as my roommates went to their own destinations.
Cobblestone lanes, old cathedrals, and castles are abundant in the vibrant city of Prague. I was even more impressed with the bohemian spirit that exuded in the city, with plenty of quirky places to visit, most particularly bars, beer gardens and art shops. Indeed, many have said that I should avoid Prague because there are plenty of tourist traps however I find this notion ridiculous.
Prague is a beautiful city and yes, it is quite touristy especially peak hours at noon but just like the golden rule say, always visit during early mornings, at least several minutes before sunrise.