the first bath we went in, Gellert Baths
After Prague we continued SE and headed into the strange country of Hungary, not really knowing anything about where we were going, including a single word of hungarian, which unfortunately i still don't know. The language is nothing like anything in the rest of the area or even europe, apparantly its closer to finnish but even then still has almost nothing to do with it. However thats the only bad thing about the city we found, except for an unbelievable amound of drunken bums passed out all over the city, sleeping right in the middle of the streets usually. Our hostel was another guys apartment but he was a great guy. and our room was equally great, only about 5 minutes from the train station and all the godo places to eat and go out.
THis is the biggest one in the city, 11 baths
The city is beautiful, right up there with Paris and Amsterdam, split in two by the Danube river, with one side called Buda and the other Pest. Buda has a gigantic castle and churches built up on the mountains overlooking the river and Pest, where most peopel live and most of hte action of the city occurs. Picture more liek the NOrth Shore as Buda and Vancovuer as Pest. Another cool thing about the city is that its built on a series of hot springs like in Harrison, which the hungarians have taken advantage of creating enormous bath houses all over the place. Each one is quite different from the other, with different type of architecture and tempuratures of water. However each one is essentially like swimming in a church turned into a giant hot tub.
500 years old, with all natural light
It was an awesome way to spend the last few hours of each day before eatting and heading out. Our first night was a saturday, so we asked Adam the guy who runs the hostel of a good place to go out for the night, he recommended this place pretty far out of the main night district and his description was that its an apartment building with trees, which we thought was kind of strange and it was kind of out of the way, however he really stressed we go so we felt we should check it out just so we can make him happy. On our way there we felt we were definitly lost or he sent us to a place we really didn't want ot be going, it was down a dark alley in what looked like we wandering down toward the east side of vancouver. then we saw flickering yellow light above an opening that used to be a door in a decrepit old concrete building, cautiously we walked up to the doorguy who said nothing and walked through the entry and through a series of concrete hallways, until we reached what was the coolest looking bar i have ever seen.
from outside, imagine darker
It was actually just as adam had described, an old abandoned concrete apartment building, about 3 floors of small rooms and huge atrium in the middle, all decorated with crappy chairs and tables which were there purely to not be expensive for when they break, but strangely it made sense with the building. The whole bar seemed to be like an underground bar which wasn't completly legal but only people that were told would know, truly a really cool place. Above the first floor was a netting with all different plants growing on it (look at the bottom for a picture, so it seemed like you were in the rainforest room at the aquarium with the dj up in the middle of this and lights going all over the place. We stayed there for the rest of the night taking pictures like idiots for a while, but hte peopel there were all really nice and relaxed so we fit in after a while. The next few days we spent just looking around the city, which was all in all a great palce, and completely more then we expected.