Budapest is a city that feels lived in: an urban center that isn’t manicured, where the people you meet, even in the city center, are often as likely locals as visitors. It’s a place where people unapologetically sit back and enjoy the summer, and although it has an inexplicable amount of advertisements for “Thai massage,” it also has an optimistic amount of gelato stands. Budapest is a city where entire crowds spontaneously climb up and lounge upon the massive steel beams of Szabadság híd (Liberty Bridge). After witnessing such a scene, we’re tempted to say “Enough!” with all of the liability nonsense espoused in other countries. If people want to climb all over potentially dangerous public fixtures, then let the people climb! Spending a week scouting out Budapest’s best places to kick your feet up and relax is the perfect way to start off a trip, for above all else, this city reminds you that every once in a while, it’s okay to just stop and take a breath.
MEET THE RESEARCHER-WRITER
Antonia is a rising sophomore living in Quincy House. She spent her summer pretending she knew a lot about wine and collected tourist keychains she had no use for throughout Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Germany. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she spends much of her time shlepping through the wilderness and enjoys backpacking, kayaking, and low-pressure longboarding (because she's just not good enough to brake efficiently so crowds make her nervous). Catch Antonia eating carbs, looking fly in white Crocs (Crocs is the most innovative company in the world), and pleading for her mom’s REI dividend. Her interests include running a very dedicated Instagram for her dog @lily_the_alpine_pup.