I definitely had this conception that spring in Budapest would be a dull affair. Partly because in New York, the idea of a slow and steady rise in temperature to summer is nonexistent. It will be eighty on a day in February before snowing in April. And just when the weather seems like it’s getting nice… BAM it’s summer and every day is an exercise in avoiding heat strokes in muggy ninety degree weather.
So it’s been nice to experience something like what I imagine spring SHOULD be: warm, sunny, maybe a little rainy, with steady temperatures ranging from 50-70 degrees. Spring in Budapest is BEAUTIFUL.
It’s hard to stay inside when the weather is so nice. Studying outside may be a little counterproductive, but you gotta maximize your time in the sun somehow.
So I’ve been walking more instead of taking public transport, going to parks, etc.
Also, the statues scattered throughout the city look more regal cloaked in green (or whatever…)
In terms of some concrete recs, I have three, ranging from easiest to hardest to get to. First: go to the ELTE botanical gardens! The gardens are in Pest, an easy tram ride away, and the student price is only 600 forints. If you go on a weekday morning the gardens will be relatively empty and you can study/read/chill/admire the greenery to your heart’s content. One caveat though: weekdays are also the days school kids take field trips to the gardens, so be cognizant of that!
Second: head to the Buda Hills! Some friends and I went to Normafa for Labor Day and picnicked there before hiking around the hills. It was honestly kind of shocking how beautiful it was given how easily accessible the hills are from downtown. Also, picnic food is the best food (proof: all things are better outside in 60-70 degree and sunny weather, therefore, food is better in nice weather outside).
Finally, I can see why everyone raves about Pécs. With wide plazas, a Mediterranean feel (must’ve been those occasional palm trees), and tons of art and history scattered through the city (also Roman ruins) it’s just a cool place to walk around. We took a day trip to the city and had a lovely (albeit also sweaty- should not have worn jeans) time taking in the sites, views, sun.
It’s weird to know that the semester is wrapping up, and weird to think about the fact that I’ll soon be leaving Budapest with no idea if/when I’ll be back.