Episode 8

World Trip I (pt. 2) – Eastern Europe

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About this Episode

In this episode, Philipp and I navigate a quirky mix-up with a bar named Szimpla. Initially landing in a lackluster pub we mistook for our target, our spirits weren't dampened for long. We soon discovered the real Szimpla, a vibrant, welcoming spot that felt like a slice of Berlin right in the heart of Budapest. This unexpected twist turned our night around, leading us into a whirlwind of social connections and fun that exemplified the unpredictable joy of traveling.

Budapest presented itself as a city of contrasts. From the initial confusion at Simpla to the awe-inspiring views of the parliament by the Danube, and a somewhat disappointing venture into a local thermal bath, Budapest was a rollercoaster of experiences.

Episode Links

  • Szimpla Kert (Budapest) — Szimpla Kert is the original and iconic ruin pub in Budapest, known for its unique atmosphere, eclectic decor, and vibrant social scene, attracting locals and travelers alike.
  • Hungarian Parliament Building (Budapest) — The official site for Hungary's Parliament Building, providing information on its history, architectural grandeur, and visitor tours along the Danube River.
  • Buda Castle & Castle Hill (Budapest) — This site offers detailed information about Buda Castle and Castle Hill, highlighting its historical significance, museums, and panoramic views of Budapest.
  • Central Market Hall (Budapest) — Central Market Hall is Budapest's largest and oldest indoor market, offering a vast selection of goods including traditional Hungarian foods, souvenirs, and crafts.
  • Gellért Thermal Bath (Budapest) — One of Budapest's most famous thermal baths, known for its stunning architecture, therapeutic waters, and extensive spa facilities.
  • @getto.gulyas — Instagram profile of Getto Gulyas, the most excellent gulyas we had in Budapest.
  • Gravita Pub and Grill (Bucharest) — Facebook page of Gravita Pub and Grill in Bucharest, where we had quite good burgers.
  • @gradinaeden — Instagram profile of the "Garden of Eden" (Gradina Eden).
  • Smokehouse (Chișinău) — Smokehouse seems closed now – but for memories, I found this blog article.
  • Notabene Cafe (Chișinău) — Facebook profile of the Cafe Nota Bene in Chișinău.
  • Ștefan cel Mare Central Park — The main park of Chișinău, including the infamous fountain.