Under the spell of Budapest

Someone once said: ‘A memory is never finished, if you really think about it.’ That’s my feeling after exploring the city. Budapest has a mysterious charm that strike wonder into all who visit it. It will remain forever in my heart.

Through her Erasmus experience, Silvia made a lot of wonderful memories around the city. Budapest became not only a home, but a dream place. It reminds her of three of her favourite movies: the Before trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight). ‘Budapest is getting lost in the city living something like Celine and Jesse’s love story. This Hungarian city is where romance and history breath in every corner.’

‘If there’s any kind of magic in this world it must be in trying to understand someone, and sharing something.’ Through this ‘virtual trip’ we would like to share the uniqueness of Budapest with you, under the spell of the love story between Silvia and her dream city.

* THE HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT

‘I guess when you are young, you just believe there will be many people with whom you will connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times.’ It makes it virtually impossible for us to describe what we felt the first time we admired the Hungarian Parliament. This neo gothic building was built in 1904 and it’s the second largest parliament in the world. Furthermore it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, which is not surprising!

*ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA

‘Isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?’ That could be the reason behind the name of the biggest church in Budapest as Stephen was the first King of Hungary. The square where this neoclassical building is located becomes a magical Christmas market during December.

‘I think that if I could just accept the fact that my life is supposed to be difficult. You know, that’s to be expected, then I might not get so pissed-off about it and I’ll just be glad when something nice happens.’ That’s the lovely Budapest Christmas approach. It seems a cold place, but it will surprise you.

*BUDA (Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion)

‘Like sunlight, sunset, we appear, we disappear. We are so important to me but we are just passing through.’ This is what we thought the first time we visited Buda but that is the place where time stands still. You could spend all day admiring that picturesque view.

One of the most exciting things that happened to me is to meet somebody, make that connection.‘ And, when the sun goes down, you will understand that we are not just passing through our lives, we are the owners of our destiny and you will finally feel that special connection.

*DANUBE SHORE AND BRIDGES

‘Life is hard. It’s supposed to be. If we didn’t suffer, we would never learn anything.’ We always have to learn from history because those who dare to ignore their history are doomed to repeat it. The Shoes Monument is a memorial of 60 pairs of shoes, located on the bank of the Danube, in memory of those jews shot by Arrow Cross militiamen and thrown into the river during the Holocaust in 1944-1945 .

Even though it’s a sad story, you could breath in all the Hungarian history by having a walk through the Danube shore. During the night is even more symbolic as you will have a breathtaking view of the brightly lit bridges. ‘If you want true love, then this is it. This is real life. It’s not perfect, but it’s real.’

*RUINPUBS AT NIGHT

‘It’s like our time together is just ours. It’s our own creation. It must be like I’m in your dream and you’re in mine or something.’ Szimpla Kert is one of those ruin pubs that are vintage locals with a peculiar touch and that have become an icon Budapest.

Never before have I experienced something like that. Getting lost in that psychedelic atmosphere, dancing, drinking and admiring all those vintage and unique objects while the music plays. Guessing what is real and what is just a product of your imagination. And, once you get home you will always have ‘that feeling that it’s either a memory or a dream.’

‘You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful, specific details.’ Budapest, the «Pearl of the Danube«, cannot be compared with any other city. There could be many stories in all it corners that deserves to be told but it almost the time ‘before sunrise’ and Buda’s sick landscape is waiting for us.

Have you ever been to Budapest? Do you have any other recommendations for this city? And If you liked this ‘virtual trip’ through Silvia’s Hungarian experience, stay tuned for the next posts to discover more unique places around the world. Meanwhile, you can read the other episodes.

Thank you Silvia for sharing with us your most meaningful places in your Erasmus city and for inspiring me through the Before trilogy.

Ángela Serrano

PICTURES: Ángela Serrano

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