What can we say? Well it was certainly a PARTY! What else did we expect when we booked three nights at Grandio Party Hostel? The title of the place says it all. It certainly is a party hostel and a good time. We landed on Friday 28-Sep 2012 and our bags fit carry-on on Ryan Air (a mighty fine accomplishment if I don’t say!). We walked into Grandio and it was already popping in the hostel bar/garden area. However, one thing you don’t want to hear when you are checking into a hostel is a guest complaining of “tiny specks of blood” on his sheets! Ha ha! What did we get ourselves into? Luckily we got a private “room.” Notice the quotes around “room”…that is because this thing…while private…was about the size of a closet. It was one giant bed (two twin beds together under a queen size sheet) and about a 2’ x 3’ space! But hey, we are likely the only ones in the hostel who got any sleep and an unlimited supply of linens thanks to Mace.
Our first night we decided to join the pub crawl, which was a 2:15 female to male ratio. Us being the 2! Ha ha. We got to see many pubs all in one night, met lots of cool people from all over the world, and took many hilarious photos! I ended the night by watching the start of the Sydney Swans game at Retox w/ Shan and Daniel, before Daniel passed out face down on the table. Ha ha. But I also got to chat w/ “Snoop Dog” (I actually don’t know his real name). That dude was one of the funniest people I’ve ever chatted with! The next morning, we got a knock at the door at 12:30pm telling us to finally get up! Like I said, we were the only two who were awarded any sleep. Thank the lord for earplugs and eye masks. We actually had a great nights sleep!
Day two we headed out for a walk around town. First, we had a typical Hungarian lunch at Menza, which was lovely and dirt cheap! Next we started on a 5 mile walk all around town. First a walk down Andrassy and a quick metro ride to Batthyany Ter. Once we walked out of the metro, we were greeted with a beautiful view of the Parliament House. Stunning. We then walked up to Mathias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. Next stop, a walk around The Castle and there was even a little market and concert taking place. After a quick stop for delicious cake ball, we started our trek back to the hostel walking across Erzsebet hid bridge. As we approached the hostel, Jamie had a great idea of getting our hair professionally washed at a hair salon! Great pampering idea after 8 days backpacking with limited beauty supplies! We were all ready for our next adventure, a harbor cruise, with the hostel! Again, the female to male ratio was hilarious! We ended up taking tons of “couple” photos with random strangers. I can’t imagine how many facebook profiles we are on! Ha ha! Cruising around the harbor at night was absolutely beautiful and definitely worth it. We ended the night by docking and entering another boat, which is actually a club. Strange concept…I know…but definitely an experience!
Day three: we started the day with a coffee in the bar area where we decided we were going to visit the baths. It first started with us and our new friend Aron and we were going to leave in 20 minutes. 20 minutes quickly turned into 40 when we decided to add another two people, Irina and Robbie, to our group. When we were about to leave, Lisa, finally decided to get up and by this time we were already drinking beers so we decided to wait “15 minutes” more for her. About 30 min later we were finally ready to leave, then Luke decided to join our group. Then we all needed to finish our drinks and get more for the walk. So about 2.5 hours later we were finally ready for our departure. Then we all decided to get hungry at varying points (and picked up some Burger King hats) and again needed more drinks for the walk. I think we arrived sometime around 5pm. Ha Ha. Such a randomly fun day we our new 5 friends! We finally got to Heroes Square for an impromptu photo shoot that also included a group of guys from Ireland! We took the best photos ever and it was FINALLY off to the baths. Jamie and I, of course, didn’t know that we should have packed bathing suits (for which I blame Mickey. He assisted in my travel arrangements and completely failed to mention this key fact). However, we didn’t let it get us down. We created our own outfits. Nikki in a pink sports bra of Irina’s and black undies…oh and because my ankle was still jacked…I wore my tennis shoes when walking from bath to bath. So basically I looked like I was in a photo shoot for a work out video! Jamie wore a black tank top and undies (and the Burger King hat). Do you think we looked like travelers? Ha ha! It was great fun hopping into the varying baths…until Jamie got us involved in a game we coined “Toss the American!” Jamie decided we’d go be social and since I could barely touch the ground of the bath, she carried me. Then caught sight of a dude’s bathing cap and tossed me off to an Italian man fitted with gold chains, a full back of hair, and a bathing cap. He then proceeded to toss me back and forth between him and his friends while yelling “I love your country” into my ear. Where was Jamie you might say? Oh she bailed once she got the bathing cap. After laughing at me for a good 5 minutes, Luke finally came to rescue me. Thank you!!!!!! We ended up closing the place down while chit chatting with fellow people. Where did we go next you might ask? Well Jamie decided we needed to take our non-American new friends to Hooters for wings, beer, and football! So there we were. Disasters stuffing our faces with food. Very disappointed they were out of fried pickles, because “they didn’t arrive.” I’m not sure why they couldn’t go to the store and fry some up…but apparently they are shipped in. After we stuffed our faces, we headed back to the hostel to celebrate Peter’s birthday. Then we went to sleep after reading like good little girls.
Budapest was definitely the perfect end to our adventure. It’s packed with beautiful sites, cheap deals, and tons of people looking to party! We met lots of super fun people including, but not limited to “Chicago,” Daniel, Shannon, Aron, Lisa, Irina, Luke, Robbie, “Snoop,” "Canada," and the Grandio hostel crew: Mace, Nick, and Peter. Thanks for an amazing time!
If you ever get a chance, go there!