Emily took me to one of her favorite pub spots called, Frank Zappa. We had a couple beers and we were able to just have some "girl time" and catch up. It is amazing to me that 6 months ago, I had no idea who she was and I am so lucky to have met her and become friends. She is an amazing person and I am so thankful we are friends. After a couple hours, we headed back to her place and got some sleep. We had a big day ahead of us (although we didn't know that at the time)
Saturday we met Kent (another American Fulbrighter teaching in Hungary) and Istvan (Emily's boyfriend) at the train station. The four of us set out on all day walking tour of the city. We walked EVERYWHERE and hit all the major spots of the city. We started with the Castle and made it to watch the changing of the guards and then toured around the grounds. Next to the Castle is the Fisherman's Wharf area. I am not completely sure but I think that during the war, the fisherman would guard and protect the castle from that area.
After lunch we walked off our meal by going to the St. Stephen's Cathedral. There is a story behind the cathedral as well (but I can't really remember it) but I do know that St. Stephen's was so popular that when he died his right hand was removed and the bones were placed in an honorary case and placed in the Cathedral. Emily refers to it as the "creepy right hand" and I definitely concur.
Our tour of Budapest was no way near to finished. Emily and Isti then took us to Emily's favorite part of the city, Andrassy street. It is a long street with many beautiful buildings and culture. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side but the gray overcast didn't take away from the vision I had of the long street with spring flowers, rows of trees and serenity (even though everything was gray and still hiding from the winter frost).