The city of Sofia lies at the foot of Mount Vitosha, which not only provides a scenic backdrop to the bustling city below, but also provides an easily accessible way to escape the urban environment and retreat into nature. And after two days battling extremely itchy bug bites and staring wistfully out of hostel room window, we were pretty anxious to get out of the room and finally see Sofia from a different angle.
The overnight bus is the cheapest and easiest way to travel overland between Budapest, Hungary and Sofia, Bulgaria. So, despite our better judgement (and our general desire to avoid all overnight travel), we took that bus. Two border crossings (the bus traveled through Serbia) meant that sleeping on the bus wasn’t any more successful than sleeping on the train. So basically, nope, we didn’t get much sleep that night.
It may sound lazy, but relaxing is one of my top five favorite pastimes. So, I really was looking forward to visiting Budapest, even months before we arrived.
Budapest is a covertly luxurious city. This Eastern-European capital’s slightly crumbly facade masks a subtle glamour and elegance that is within every visitors’ grasp. There is great food, eclectic bars, spas, and exquisite architecture. And, overall, many activities are very affordable. Here are seven ways to feel like a king or queen in Budapest that don’t break the bank.
As a HelpX or Workaway volunteer it is highly likely that you will be asked to prepare a meal for yourself, the other volunteers, the hosts, or maybe even 15 hostel guests (yes, that happened to us). Arming yourself with a couple of decent recipes before you go is really easy and will save you a lot of scrambling when your host eventually asks you to cook too. In our new series, Makeshift Meals, we’ll be sharing a few of our go-to recipes from the road. (Not to mention that we’ve found cooking for others is a really easy way to make friends too!)
Munich was our only stop in all of Germany. Which is a pretty drastic change of plans if you consider that we were initially going to spend the month of July here. In the end, we swapped one month for just four days.