Let’s Go Home – Part 2

My final few days in Budapest were euphoric. My mother and I felt beyond blessed to be content with our companionship; i.e. not random mother-daughter arguing! We really enjoyed our quality time and it was astoundingly joyful.

My mom is my favorite travel buddy. I love how we travel. We find the best cafes and shops. Little bits of magic and old spots of nostalgia. We are a discovering duo.

I wrapped up the last of our adventure, and I am home in Charleston missing it terribly. I have an awful lot to share about being present and I plan to do so soon. Thank you for reading, texting me you love me, and the sweet support. I am a lucky lady! Love you all.

D A Y 4 ~ M O N D A Y

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Buda beauty
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Villa Bagatelle

Lunch: Villa Bagatelle. Modern vibes yet you feel like you are a little girl in a castle. Gluten free friendly. I ate a lovely chicken entree for lunch, followed by rich hot chocolate and fresh gluten free bread from the bakery below. Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset

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Cozy in my turtleneck. Upstairs at Villa Bagatelle is a quaint space that can be rented out for parties! Great spot to do just that!
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Bakery beneath Villa Bagatelle. Gluten free bread can be found here !!!
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Dark & rainy at a “castle” in the hills of Buda
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always

Dinner: És Bisztró. Located at the Kempinski Hotel. Sometimes people are scared away when restaurants are in a hotel but this is not the place to be afraid of. Gluten free friendly ~ they even had a gluten free bread roll for me before dinner!

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Started with grilled baby vegetables with herbs and fresh goat cheese.
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Grilled pike perch with pumpkin letcho. (Squash frequently refereed to as pumpkin) Sadly the acidity of the tomato was a bit intense, but that is probably just my sensitive stomach. & a glass of Hungarian wine (few exist!)
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The obvious gluten free choice. It exceeded my usual expectations of crème brûlée. The custard was light and sweet instead of dense; complemented by sorbet- dessert delight.

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Post dinner we wandered around the hotel and relaxed by the fire with hot tea and our books.

D A Y 5 ~ T U E S D A Y

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Stopped by GGIS (where I attended school as a Budapest bebe) I worked on a project for school and said hey to some old teachers. Sweet memories.
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Not gluten free.

Lunch: Déryné. We love it there and were able to meet up with a dear friend and some of her friends! I had risotto. Gluten free friendly. 

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She smells like gluten.
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Risotto. Forreal tasted like mac n cheese
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Favorite words & favorite tea.

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Shop: Decolabor

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Giddy because there was no Hungarian old lady to yell at me because my feet are on the seat. hehe.
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House of Terror

Visit: House of Terror. An intense museum, but well done. It is nearly entirely in Hungarian- love the authenticity but confusing. I left knowing that I need to learn more about communism in Hungary. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

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the smell of old books…
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Love.
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Being cute with the momma!
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BEST GELATO EVER. YES, E V E R.

So… this gelato. Initially, my goal was to get gelato from Gelarto Rosa once a day in Budapest. It didn’t happen. I did indulge the two times I had the opportunity to go! This trip to Gelarto Rosa, I had several helpings. Due to a  complication involving spicy chocolate instead of dark chocolate, I had 3 servings. They were incredibly kind about the confusion but I did not care because I was stuffed with gelato. Gluten free friendly. And friendly!

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October

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D A Y 6 ~ W E D N E S D A Y

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Blue Budapest. Mom and I went on a short morning stroll, and we gazed at fall in full bloom. I really did not want to leave. I had the motivation of returning to Econ and a presentation, which honestly really helped me get on the plane. My sweet as ever mom ubered to the airport with me and took public back into the city. I wanted to be with her for every possible second.

I love Budapest. I love the people I saw. Conversations. Adventures. Laughter. Love. This trip was a huge blessing and I returned home overflowing with the love I had received. I know it is a long journey for a short trip, but it was worth every second of agonizing jet lag. I am young and full of energy. Now is the time for these trips. Especially a trip home, to a city I love with a mother I cherish.
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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetPictures by me. all iphone.

Budapest October 2015

6 thoughts on “Let’s Go Home – Part 2

  1. I love everything! The descriptions you wrote, the pics you took, the mom you love, the heart you revealed, the unique relationship with God you have. Your posts always bless me. Thanks so much.

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