My first impression of Hungary was not a good one. As I drove down the littered road from the Ferihegy Airport into Budapest, the buildings were run-down, the fences were crumbling, the bumpy road felt like Indiana Jones’ wild adventure ride at Disneyland. I asked the driver if she had a helmet. 

photo by Lennart Guillet

It’s been said that Budapest is the type of place that grows on you. And when it does, the city will squirt divine soda water into your blood. Well, I know exactly when that divine Budapest soda bottle blasted my aortas. It was the moment I first beheld the movie-set panorama where Buda meets Pest. All at once, my eyes popped, my eyebrows rose, and nose smushed against the glass as I tried to take it all in: a castle, a river, a waterfall, statues, spires, bridges, boats. There was only one word to describe it: breathtaking.

After ten years of living in this Magyar metropolis, that magnificent Danube view never ceases to take my breath away. Whenever I drive across a bridge or walk along the river, I still get tingles. Those tingles – merely divine soda bubbles.

5 thoughts on “Bubbles

  1. That is so true…I feel that way every time I come to visit! I’ll miss that view from the balcony – at night it was especially breathtaking and magical!

  2. I love reading your stories. There are not words to tell you how much I enjoy reading your posts. You make me want to get on a plane and head for Budapest. Thank you for sharing your world.

  3. The first time I went to Budapest was while it was still quite Communist and I traveled by train. It was Summer and as soon as I saw the city I went WOW even back then. I hear you about the road from Ferihegy into town. I flew into Budapest in 1990 and traveled in an old Lada, everything was gray, the old terminal, EVERYTHING and if I had any kind of gall or kidney stones they were probably dislodged by the time I got downtown the roads were brutal and I learned the word “lenge’szcsi’la’pi’to’” shock absorber! Again I said WOW. And everytime since, when I either drive from the east or the west or the north or south, (haven’t flown into the new terminal yet) I still say WOW. Budapest is a city that does it to you. And when you are in the city, exploring, getting to know it, there is no other in Europe that can quite compare.

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