Spending my 21st in Budapest was a dream come true; however, waking up with a massive hangover wasn’t precisely what I had imagined. After giving ourselves a long morning to recover, we decided to get brunch at a cafe that had been recommended called bluebird. It looked amazing and was filled with delicious looking cakes.
However, this wasn’t our morning as the service was awful. I mean the worst I’ve ever experienced. It took about twenty minutes for them to take our order for food and drinks. Then after waiting for almost an hour and asking our drinks, never arrived. Our food was given to the wrong table and then when we went it ask it was finally given to us cold. We had been in the cafe for over an hour and a half and received nothing. After getting increasingly annoyed and not help what so ever from the waitress, we decided to leave. I had never walked out of a restaurant in my life, let alone on my birthday when all I wanted was breakfast. Harrie went inside to inform the waitress their service was dreadful and we were leaving.
She then ran after us down a busy street full of restaurants to tell us to pay for the drinks we never received. This caused a bit of a scene, and all I wanted was some food and less of a hangover. We sorted it out and found a nice American cafe around the corner to have brunch finally. It’s a shame because it looks like a great cafe and it has amazing reviews. We might have just had a bad waitress.
The bulk of my birthday we had intended to spend at one of the thermal spars Budapest is famous for. There are so many to choose from. We spent a while debating between them before we decided to go with the most popular and the oldest, Szechenyi baths. We knew this also meant it was the most crowded and expensive, but it was such an iconic part of the Budapest experience we decided to go for it. Although after our eventful morning we were running slightly behind schedule and from reading upon them, we knew that in the height of summer there can be very long queues to get in.
Budapest does have all of its transport covered if you can stand how rundown the metro is, everything is in easy reach. It was just a short metro ride away, and we managed to make up some time. However, there was a reasonably long queue and a one in one out policy in place. In total we queued for just over an hour, thankfully I have amazing friends who in my hangover birthday state allowed me to sit in the corner while they kept our place. Thanks, guys! I think the later on you go this would be more avoidable but obviously your then paying for less time.
When we finally got in, it was worth the wait, we set up our spot with towels to sunbathe and went to check out the pools.
It was what we had anticipated and had great fun trying all the different temperatures. Although to Lucy’s disappointment, there were only certain pools you could really swim in as most were more of chill-out and slash around vibe.
There are a few proper swimming pools set up however you have to wear a swimming cap to go in. This caused a great deal of amusement watching frustrated lifeguards attempting to stop people going in. You can purchase lockers and swim caps downstairs although I would recommend bringing your own or getting one from somewhere cheaper.
We spent the rest of the day sunbathing and enjoying all the different pools it was the perfect hangover cure, everything we had expected and a great relaxing birthday.
With all that drama I’m not going to be forgetting my 21st anytime soon!