Budapest - it’s a hell of a city! Days blur into nights, nights blur into hangovers and said hangovers start to become the only truth you know.
Spend long enough here yourself and you’ll find plenty of kindred spirits - the left behinds - the lucky lost souls that call Budapest home, at least for now.
As an outsider looking in, or a newly arrived tourist, you might be asking if it’s really that good? What exactly is it that pulls people in and holds them tight? Well, let us tell you.
Dat nightlife though…
Yeh, we rave about it in just about every post we write - but it really is that damn awesome. Go on! Travel the length and breadth of Europe and find another city that has as many bars as we do, open as long as ours are, and with quite the hectic atmosphere that ours possess.
Actually, don’t bother. You won’t succeed. Instead head down to Szimpla and marvel again at the eclectic piles of junk that somehow make this place the best bar in the world. Then go strike up a conversation with some randos at the bar. Suggest a shot of palinka… or three, then move on to another place. Rinse, repeat, rinse repeat… and when the sun comes up, smirk produly at another night successfully smashed.
Something resembling a job…
Of course, we’ll be the first to admit that the constant party train that is life in Budapest does take a toll on one’s wallet, and you’ll find that most of the long-termers have found themselves something at least resembling gainful employment.
Luckily, there’s lots of it to be had, no matter your skills, interests or relative ability to wake up at the same time the sun does.
Whether you work at a hostel, lead pub crawls, teach English, or do city tours, these are all great ways to meet fellow travelers, interact with locals, see the city, make a little cash and generally never have a reason to leave the city.
Lots to see and do… and no time to do them
Did you know, Budapest has a park full of old Communist statues, underground caves, a pinball museum, Europe’s largest ice skating rink, 24 hour tanning salons, a pizza slice shop every 15 metres, the second oldest metro line in the world, an unhealthy obsession with sour cream and a weird Easter tradition where it’s totally fine to sprinkle women with perfume - and that’s before we count up all the museums and such that there are to visit.
Yep, there are cultural quirks and interesting attractions in abundance here in Budapest and any long-termer will tell you just how excited they are to go see all these things… eventually.
Yep, that’s right ladies and gentlemen, with hangovers factored in, a stay of anything less than a few years won’t give you a chance to see everything that the city has to offer. And in that time, they’ll probably build more stuff anyway. I guess you’d better stick around!
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