AAAHHH, where do I even begin?? Hi, hello, I'm sorry I went MIA... But here I am!
The past two months have been more than just a little hectic, but also so much fun! I have a lot to tell you, but right now I have something really excited to share with you all...
...this is Phoebe!
Phoebe and her family (mother, two brothers and her sister) were abandoned because the owner of their mother didn't want the responsibility of raising puppies, nor did they want to pay for the mother to get spayed...
One day, I was going through the instagram page of a Hungarian animal shelter called FAPF (which is the most risky thing you can do as a dog lover...). As I'm going through pictures, I noticed they had added something to their story. It was a picture of Phoebe, and when I saw her, I just fell in love.
I don't know what came over me, but I emailed them right away and said that I wanted to foster her until she could find a forever home. She arrived two days later (Sept. 7th), at 3-ish months old, and I guess everyone knew within 10 seconds that she wasn't going anywhere...
At first, everything was scary. If Baltus walked towards her a little too fast, she would scream and wet herself. The doorbell was awful, people were huge and scary, toys were too loud, the food- and water bowls were intimidating, and other dogs seemed to be the scariest of all.
...but luckily she became tough and confident very quickly, thanks to my amazing friends who have helped babysit, socialise her with their dogs, played with her, and especially thanks to Baltus who has been be best big brother ever! They love each other ♥
After about a month, I finally adopted her! She and Baltus are best friends, she's sweet, funny, smart, super weird, and just fits perfectly in our little family. There's really no way we could ever give her back.
Phoebe is now 5 or 6 months old (ish), and she has gone from being an insecure, scared little baby, to becoming the toughest little ball of fluff I have ever seen. Trains, no problem, buses, no problem, coming with me to class with 100 people, no problem, other dogs, no problem. She's wonderful, and I'm so happy that I sent that email!
FAPF is an amazing organisation, and I'm forever grateful that they let me adopt her ♥
Welcome to the family, Phoebe! ♥
This entire week was incredible! I mean... I'm a vet student!! This has been my dream since I was 4, and all of a sudden I'm here?!? It's insane, fantastic, overwhelming, scary, and exciting.. but it's happening. And I'm SO happy!
Nothing! Maybe that the week went by so fast??
I'm so happy I got to know people before school started! Starting a new school in a new country with new people is scary enough as it is, but luckily I've gotten to know some amazing girls through facebook, mutual friends, and at the entrance exam in March.
I love this picture! This is from the ANSA freshmen week. ANSA is the official organisation for Norwegians who are studying abroad. They arrange pub quizzes, May 17th celebration (the Norwegian constitution day), freshmen week and so on! This year, because I'm a freshman, I got to take part of the freshmen week... But I'll tell you more about it in a separate post! ♥
Today, Sara, Synnøve, Hanna and I went out for brunch.. again, haha! And, okay, I know what you're thinking... "Is eating the only thing they do in Budapest?"
Well, the answer is no.. But Budapest has so many incredible breakfast/lunch/brunch restaurants. ++ It's cheap, so students can actually afford going out for breakfast once in a while, haha!
This time, we went to the Blue Bird Cafe. The Blue Bird Cafe is a cute little restaurant in the 7th district, and if you look it up on facebook or trip advisor, you'll find a great variety of reviews to say the least. So I have to be honest and say: the service sucked, the waitresses were rude, they forgot one of our drinks, they took forever to find us a table so we found our own, and we had to go and get our own menus because we got tired of waiting... but the food was great though, haha.. Really, I mean it. It was a cute place and the food was great, so I'll probably go there again. I'm just warning my readers that if you go there, you can expect good food and an instagram worthy location, but nothing more, unfortunately.
When we had finished eating, we went to check out the market right next door, which had so many cool things! Old money, handmade jewellery, old cameras, flowers, paintings, typewriters, food, picture frames, and pretty much everything else.
...thank you for taking pictures Sara! ♥
It's Sunday. The last Sunday and the last day before we become veterinary students to be specific.. Therefore, Karoline, Synnøve, Lina and I decided we would celebrate our last day of freedom with pancakes! We had strawberries, raspberries, yogurt, scrambled eggs, bacon, banana and peach with the pancakes, and it was so good!
...we should totally make pancake Sunday a thing, don't you think???
Today, I went out for lunch with Hanna, Sara, Karoline, Ole, Lina and Synnøve to Budapest Baristas. + All our dogs, of course! ;) The weather here is always perfect for eating outside, and I've come to realize that the best meal in Budapest is breakfast. So far, I've tried maybe 5 or 6 (?) breakfast / lunch restaurants, and the food is always sooo freaking good! From omelet to toast, to pancakes to salads; breakfast in Budapest is always good.
Today, Synnøve and I went out for breakfast to this super cute place called Á La Maison Grand. Budapest has so many incredible breakfast/lunch/brunch places. Especially the one we went to today!! ++ We love exploring, so why eat at home when you can discover new places?
So far, Á La Maison Grand is my absolute favourite breakfast place! They're dog friendly (this is important, haha!), fair prices, the place is really nice and clean, the staff is super friendly, and the food was super good. 10/10 if you ask me! ♥
Last week, my dad, my brothers and I went to the famous Széchenyi thermal baths, and HOW freaking gorgeous it this place? The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in all of Europe, and its water is supplied by two thermal springs. There are a total of 21 one baths, several saunas, spas, a bar, and more! The pictures say it all. The weather was perfect, the baths were beautiful, and we had a great time!
I'm definitely going back, and I can't wait to try it again in the winter time!
Happy Thursday everyone!
I know I've been a little absent lately, but I've just been so busy exploring Budapest, making new friends, relaxing, finishing everything in my apartment, and finding a groomer for Baltus. But I'm back now! ++ I have LOST the charger for my camera!! I can't find it anywhere, so I have to find out where I can get a new one. In the mean time, you're all gonna have to accept iPhone quality pictures...
Anyway, I'll be posting about the Széchenyi thermal baths tomorrow, so don't forget to check back in! And, on a totally unrelated note, here's a picture of last night's sunset. Budapest is absolutely gorgeous!
Definitely the Széchenyi thermal baths! It was unlike anything I've ever seen. Calm, relaxing, warm, beautiful... I'm definitely going back soon!
My dad and brothers went back to Canada :(
Mixed feelings this week... I wish I moved to Budapest earlier so that I'd have more time to explore, but at the same time I don't know why I moved a whole MONTH before school starts.. Also, I start school in only 3 weeks, which is crazy to think about!
Tacoooooo! My dad and I found this awesome taco place a few minutes from my apartment, and we went there for lunch twice in one week, haha! I don't remember what it's called or where it was, because my sense of direction is non-existent, but one day I will find it again. + I will tell you the name when I find it, because the food was soooo good!
Hahah, HOW cute is he? Baltus and I have had so much fun exploring Budapest. We went to the City Park, found a few pet stores, we've been to several cute cafes for lunch, and we've been to the university. He is definitely loving Budapest! Everyone wants to pet him, and he loves the attention!
Who am I?
Hi, I'm Ine! I'm 21 years old, from Norway, and I live in Budapest, Hungary, with my dogs, Baltus and Phoebe. I've wanted to become a veterinarian