I made it! I may have missed my connecting flight in Germany, but I arrived in one piece. I am still in awe that I live in this beautiful city. It took a couple times getting lost, but I am finally figuring out how to get around using the public transportation. I am living on the Pest side of the city in the Parliament region. The first week I had a Hungarian survival class and was able to learn some basic phrases. I was also able to see some of Budapest’s beautiful attractions…
The pictures above are of the stunning Parliament building by the Danube River.
These pictures are of St. Stephen’s Basilica. I was able to climb to the top to see the most amazing view of Budapest! The inside and outside of the cathedral are absolutely breathtaking as well.
We were also able to visit a memorial of shoes on the Danube River, as shown above. During World War II, Jews were forced to remove their shoes before being shot so that their bodies would fall into the river. Their shoes were left behind on the river bank, as represented by this memorial. It was hard to stand here and feel all of the emotions that result from such a sad moment in history. We were able to light candles to commemorate those who cruelly lost their lives on the edge of the Danube.
As we were leaving the Basilica, we were asked if we wanted to try out a segway, which was insanely fun! The tour guide let us ride around this big square for about five minutes. He tried to sell us a segway tour guide, which I would consider doing in the future!
The first week abroad was a major success, and I am so unbelievable grateful for the time I am able to spend here. My classes start on Tuesday, and I am excited to continue exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Let the adventure continue!