Expat in Budapest!

 

We arrived in Budapest on a cold February morning, there was snow everywhere. I’m a massive fan of the cold and snow so I was over come with happiness! We got into a taxi and headed to the apartment we booked for a month. If you read my last post you’ll know we had come straight from Rome which was very warm at the time. As you can imagine our choice of clothing wasn’t very suitable for the cold weather here in Budapest.

When we arrived at our apartment/hotel we had to wait an hour before the owners arrived. With our lack of warm clothing, we were left very cold after our wait. Honestly, we were a little disappointed with the size and the service there wasn’t great. So for anyone heading to Budapest avoid DnD apartments.

Regardless of this, we were excited about seeing the city. The first thing we did was go buy some gloves and a coat! We then decided to go for a drink and we stumbled across Gozsdu Udvar, which is a popular alley way/street with loads of bars and restaurants. We found a cocktail bar called Epic, we had a couple of cocktails..they were and still are the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted!! We ended up loving Epic so much we would go there nearly every night. We went there one night to find it was no longer there. That was a little heart breaking as no cocktail anywhere else was as good. It was probably better off that it had closed as we were more inclined to stay in and sort out what we were going to do.

Before really settling, of course, we had to go see the tourist spots. One morning we walked to the top of Citadella and watched the sun rise. It was so romantic and just a wonderful moment.

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Budapest is such a beautiful city and I would highly recommend it as a holiday destination. The buildings are magnificent, the food and drinks are very cheap. The city is very easy to get around and there are lots to do here.

 

For anyone who has no idea about Budapest here’s a little list of the must see spots;

  • Parliament Building
  • Buda Castle
  • Chain Bridge
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Heroes Square
  • St.Stephen’s Basilica
  • Széchenyi Thermal Baths

The rest you can figure out yourselves!

Anyways back to my story, I decided to start looking for work and an apartment. We found lots of apartments online and went to view two of them. The first apartment had a gym in the building, which sounded great, but the apartment was pretty small and we figured we’d only be on top of each other so went to the second apartment hoping it would suit us as we just wanted to settle in. The second apartment was gorgeous, didn’t have a gym but it was big and spacious. So we took it! We’re still in the apartment now and have signed a lease until next year. This is mine and boyfriends first apartment together. Thank god it’s spacious or we would probably kill each other!

On to the more important issue, finding a job! I went to lots of interviews and trials in different jobs. Unfortunately, there was always someone that had a driving license or spoke Hungarian, etc that got the job instead of me. I don’t speak Hungarian…it’s an impossible language. I guarantee by the time I leave here I still won’t have learned the language.

So my search for a job continued, I went months without any work. It got to a point where I was extremely depressed and almost gave up. It seemed near to impossible to get a job here. Until finally I got a job back in May. I work for a hotel apartments company as check-in staff. I mean of course it’s not a dream job or what I want to do for the rest of my life but it’s a job. The people I work with are all lovely and I get to meet different people from all over the world every day, which I love!

Boyfriend didn’t need to find a job if anyone is wondering about him. He works as an artist so all he needs is his pencils, pads, and laptop. He’s very talented might I add. I will probably post about him in the future but for now, I’ll leave a selection of drawings he has done.

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I’m going to end this post here. I have lots more to say about my life in Budapest and look forward to sharing with you!

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The holiday that never ends!

In January ’17 my boyfriend and I went on a holiday to Rome. This was exciting as it was our first holiday together and we had only started seeing each other not too long before that. It was also scary for me as I had never been on a plane before nor had I been out of Ireland since I was about 8 or 9! If I’m honest I was more scared than excited..my anxiety was strong that day. I do recall having thoughts, crazy thoughts, of breaking up with him or causing a ridiculous injury to myself so I could avoid the ordeal. Luckily boyfriend arrived with his suitcase before any silly decisions were made. The night before our early flight I had gone to see some friends and as normal people do when I left we had a cuddle and they told me to enjoy my holiday..little did we know we would not see each other for a long time!

Boyfriend and I arrived in Rome very excited for our holiday. (Might I add the minute the plane took off all my anxiety was gone.) We stayed in a beautiful hotel and felt like royalty. We went out for dinner on our first night and found a little restaurant and had some pizza and wine. This restaurant was pretty empty and it was kind of late, although I’m sure the law is you can not smoke inside restaurants in Italy, they allowed us to finish our wine and smoke in the warmth. It was a strange start. From the second day up until the sixth day we saw all the beautiful buildings and attractions all over the city.

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As the week was coming to an end we decided to stay for another week. Boyfriend was in no rush to return and I had just quit my job back home so we thought ‘why not’? Also when in Rome!

As the second week went by we somehow came to the conclusion that we should just move to another country. Just like that! We spent a couple of days figuring out where to go and I can’t remember the reasons anymore but we decided to come to Budapest. It is now the end of August and we are still here. I have not seen my family or friends since January and did not get to say good bye. As much as that tears me apart, I do still feel like I am on holiday. It just feels like a prolonged holiday.

Anyways..the point of the story is to maybe plan things a bit better because I certainly do regret the spontaneity of it all.

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Will talk about Budapest and my life here throughly in another post!

My Introduction!

Hi people of the internet, is anyone out there? Welcome to my life! I want to start off by telling you a little info about myself. My name is Magdalena and I’m from the beautiful little country that is Ireland. I am currently living in Budapest, Hungary but I will talk about that in other posts.

I’m just a girl trying to get by in life and I feel a good way to do so is to have a diary that anyone can read..how ridiculous does that sound? I don’t know what exactly will be shared on here but I will probably over share.

If anyone decides to read about the role I play in this world, wear a helmet, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!

Oh here’s a pic of me welcoming you with open arms. 

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