You know you are in Budapest when…

1. Your dog gets offered a bowl of water at a cafe or restaurant before the waiter even thinks of taking your order.

2. Your “házi” lemonade somehow costs the same as a beer.

3. You find yourself constantly wondering who the hell is Széchenyi and why everything is named after him.

4. The smell you most associate with the city is that of a slightly damp ruin pub.

5. You’re either preparing for or coming off Sziget.

6. A tourist just stopped you to ask where Szimpla is.

7. Going to the Buda Hills is pretty much like visiting the countryside.

9. Your life revolves around the 4/6 tram line and if something is outside of the Grand Boulevard, it’s almost too far away to imagine.

10. You’re overwhelmed by the variety of architectural styles. Art Nouveau? Tick. Gothic and Neo-Gothic? Tick. Renaissance? Tick. Baroque? Tick. Classicism and Neo-Classicism? Tick. Romantic? Tick. Socialist-era style? Tick. The place even has Roman ruins and Turkish baths, for God’s sake.

11. You walk out of Fogas Ház at 4am and you see more kebab shops than people.

12. You wake up with a roaring hangover, check the damage you’ve done and realize you’ve spent a record low amount of money on Dreher.

13. You can get a two-course lunch for 990 forints, but a three-course lunch is only 1090 forints.

14. All the tourists talk about is thermal baths, underground cave networks and how the Jewish District is home to Europe’s biggest synagogue.

15. Every building in the city has a plaque on the front saying that this or that famous poet or painter lived there.

16. There’s always a dog barking its head off next to you while you’re trying to enjoy your espresso.

17. It’s not just 19-year-olds wearing daisy prints and tattoo chokers. Everyone under the age of 45 is still rocking the 90s style.

Roger Fenton

Roger Fenton, (28 March 1819 – 8 August 1869) was a British photographer. He is considered as one of the first war photographers. After graduating with an arts degree he started to be interested in painting and photography.

Between 1851/52, he began photographing and exhibiting his own images. From there, he became a leading British photographer. He was a founding member of the Royal Photographic Society.

In 1854, London print publisher Thomas Agnew & Sons commissioned him to document events occurring in Crimea. He became one of a handful of photographers to cover the Crimean war.

The equipment at the time was large and cumbersome. For him to photograph anything, he needed a horse-drawn cart and an assistant capturing via long exposure.

He shot with a large-format camera like every other war photographer at the time. That is why almost every image of soldiers were posed photographs. There weren’t many captures of motions at the time because of the limitation of the negatives and the size of the large-format cameras.

He captured the landscapes as he wanted to avoid photographing dead or mutilated bodies.

The below image is of ‘The Valley of the Shadow of Death’, named so after the Charge of the Light Brigade and the poem by Tennyson.

After returning to Britain, he travelled across the country, recording landscapes.

Climate and weather in Budapest

Budapest is quite fortunate in terms of weather. It has a continental climate with four seasons and an average annual temperature of 11.0 ° C/52 ° F. Extreme weather conditions are very rare. Winters are mild with relatively small amounts of snow, while summers are hot and sunny. The city’s hottest months are undoubtedly July and August, when record temperatures can reach as high as 38-40 ° C /100-104 ° F. The coldest month is January when the average temperature stays around -1 ° C / 30 ° F.

Due to the effects of climate change, however, it’s not uncommon to have a bit of snow even in the months of spring, while summers are becoming hotter. Winters on the other hand are much milder with record temperatures of 18 ° C/64 ° F. September in the recent years often surprises with a beautiful Indian summer when the weather of Budapest stays quite warm in spite of the changing of the season. The wettest month of the year is November.

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Even if you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, you probably know that hostels are a type of shared accommodation that helps your travel budget go further. But what you may not know is that the uniquely social nature of hostelling will transform your trip.

We think this quote from travel blogger @glographics sums up the hostelling experience rather nicely:

“With a hostel, you get to pay half the price for twice the fun.” ?

If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, allow us to debunk some crazy myths and answer all the questions you might have around what is a hostel. Here’s everything you need to know about hostelling and hostel life. Buckle up, because your travels will never be the same again…

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