My eyes saw the
ocean scenery, saw the mountains, palms and cactuses, yet my
brain was still in trance and couldn’t process the information. It refused to
believe that I was on the Canary Islands. And no wonder! I haven’t had much
time to prepare myself emotionally for this vacation. That’s why looking at the
Tenerife landscape I felt like I was in a dream, a beautiful magical dream. It felt
surreal. And I was afraid that if I close my eyes even for a moment it will all
I wanted to make sure, so I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, counted till ten and opened them again. To my surprise, it was not an illusion, it was real. I was in Paradise!
Usually when we are planning our holiday, we go through the hotel and apartment options given to us by the ebookers.com. And before ordering accommodation we always check reviews on TripAdvisor to avoid unpleasant surprises. Lesson learned, London, lesson learned! Anyways, if reviews are good or average, we book the place. I call it travel accommodation hunting. And just like any other hunting it is time-consuming, and it takes a lot of patience. Now, when you are buying a last-minute holiday package like we did on aurinkomatkat.fi, there is not much to choose from, and you just take what is offered. Sometimes it’s like buying a pig in a poke, or cat in a sack, if you will. And in our case, it was Vigilia Park Apartment hotel, located in Los Gigantes.
Should I spend my vacation at home? If so, what would I do? Eat potatoes and sign every time I look at the grey depressing landscape through the window? Day after day… Or should I waste all the money I have left on a trip? A little getaway that my soul, mind and body are desperately craving for? Although, I most likely will have to eat potatoes there as well. But it’s not a big deal. I think. In any case it’s better to eat potatoes with the ocean view than at home in front of the TV. Yes, as long as there are three holiday essentials – sun, palms and the sea – I don’t really care. I should definitely go. I must go. I need to go!
We were standing in the airport, waiting for our ride. I looked around and noticed a local young woman dressed in jeans, T-shirt and light winter coat. A guide as understood. She was surrounded by the group of tourists, mostly youngsters. It seems they’ve just arrived in Budapest and were very excited to be here, they all were smiling and discussing plans for the holiday. Meanwhile, woman was writing down their names and collecting money. Banknotes were unfamiliar to me. “Maybe Croatian”, I thought. “Or Romanian”. But why would they use wrong currency in Hungary? And then it hit me… Currency wasn’t wrong, it was Hungarian!
We didn’t eat much outside during our stay in Hungary. Mainly because this time we had the whole apartment at our disposal, and we could cook at home at any time we wanted. And as I mentioned in the first Budapest post, closest food market Lidl was a couple of hundred meters away. So, we prepared all our breakfasts and some dinners in our small kitchen (this is one way to save money when you travel by the way). Nevertheless, we managed to visit few eateries. Some were good, some were brilliant…
One morning we decided to go to the Hungarian National museum. But it turned out to be closed that day. Which was weird because I’ve checked opening hours in the internet, and it was supposed to be open. We didn’t have any specific plans, so we stared thinking what else we could do today. And then I remembered reading reviews about the historical Metro Line 1 (yellow M1, also known as Millennium Underground), the oldest metro line in Budapest, and the second oldest in the world (opened in 1896).
hat Budapest has to offer. Part 1
Normally I would
make a list of the things I want to see or go to during our travels. But as
soon as I started reading endless TOP-5, -10, -20 things you must do in
Budapest, I quickly came to realization that it will be impossible to check
even one tenth of all the cultural and historical sights this city has to
offer. And we had only five days, even less than that because of the flight
schedule. “So, we’d better make the most of it”, thought I while packing my