University Trip - March 2009
By Antonio Malara
Writing about a trip you did eight years ago is not simple, especially when you are a guest and you haven't planned anything. Memories are all upside down, sometimes you don't remember the name of some places, sometimes you remember thing in a different way. Editing the pictures for this post, helped me to connect memories in the right way.
Budapest has been my first time in East Europe, it was a travel planned by an University Student Association, which also involved teachers and researchers and I was invited by my sister that was a teacher at that time.
Despite I was older than the average I have to say that I camouflage myself very well, some students though I was one of them, in fact some asked me which course I followed in the University.
Being with a big group of young persons gave me the opportunity not only discovering the city during the day with teachers, but also enjoying night life with students.
We had a guide for the first two days, then as obviously we split in a lot of little groups of people.
Budapest was originally divided in two different cities, Buda on the west up on a hill and Pest on the east right on the Danube river. The first day we visited all together the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, this structure is the biggest in Europe. I realized that the locals were proud of it, so they announced the visit like a big thing. To be honest the spa is really huge and even the architecture is nice outside and inside, but as person who wasn't interested in bath I haven't been so impressed. The cool thing was to see all those people (unfortunately only old ones) in swimsuits in the pool outside, while it was so cold. In the afternoon we went to the "heroes square", one of the most important square of the city. It's huge, there is a column in the center with states on both sides and I think many events are held there. Near the square there's the Museum of Fine Arts that we visited days later.