We didn’t have any specific plans of what we wanted to do on the island, but that didn’t last long. We saw a bike rental shop and went to take a look. Who could resist the opportunity to rent a bike cart and ride it around an island? Not us! It was so much fun. We rode all over and probably embarrassed ourselves, but we didn’t care, we were having a great time.
A lot of the men wear short shorts here. I think it’s great. There were also a lot of old men wearing loincloth type things and playing handball in the park. I’m not exactly a fan. We would have taken a picture but we didn’t want to be too creepy…
On the way back to the apartment we stopped for ice cream. There are ice cream stands and shops all over the city. It seems as though every other person I pass walking home from work every day is eating ice cream. I’d successfully resisted the temptation until Saturday. Now I understand why everyone is always eating it! It’s amazing and so inexpensive (320 HUF or $1.50 for a small, but not really small, cone).
Saturday evening we went out to eat an Italian restaurant in Liszt Ferenc tér (Franz Liszt Square). The US vs. England game was on, but I’m so blind I couldn’t even see the score! (There are giant screens in a square closer to the river for watching all of the World Cup games. I’d like to go watch a game or two there before it’s over). It was a delicious dinner and just a great time, overall. I kept thinking how strange it is that we all met in Chicago and have not been able to meet up in the United States but we’ve all come to Hungary this summer.
Then we headed to Szimpla- my favorite bar ever. It’s amazing. We didn’t stay very long because we were both exhausted after such a long day. I’m sure I’ll be back several more times before I leave Budapest. (Going to Szimpla was one of the things on my To Do List, but I'm not going to cross it off yet because I plan on going again).
Sunday morning we woke up in search of freshly baked pastries. (Beata is a pastry connoisseur with very discriminating taste). Unfortunately, we could not find a single bakery that was open! What a shame. Not much is open on Saturdays and even less is open on Sundays, very typical for Europe, in general.
After getting our caffeine fix, we decided to walk around Lipótváros (Leopold Town) near Parliament because it was fairly close (our feet were dead after walking around last night for several miles in heels). There was some sort of marathon/relay/run going on- those people are crazy for running long distances in this heat! Here’s what we saw:
A statue of Imre Nagy