Gratulerer med dagen! 🥳 Happy birthday! 🥳
Yesterday was the Norwegian constitution day, which means good food, spending time with people you love, and lots of champagne.
After a few hours, a few people went to the ANSA (association for Norwegians studying abroad) party, and Hege, Fredrik, Sarah, Vilde and I took the bus downtown and went to Iguana to eat dinner.
All in all it was a super fun day! I cannot say it enough how glad I am to have met the people I go to school with here, both Norwegian and from other countries. This was the first of hopefully many celebrations and days we'll spend together, and I'm super excited to make more memories ♥
This Saturday was spent doing nothing but relax, at the beautiful Margit Island... and it was amazing. We got a group of people together, brought blankets, snacks, speakers, drinks, and dogs, and just hung out all day. I haven't been this relaxed for several weeks, so it was really nice to just hang out and talk all day.
I'm still in relax mode, and I plan on doing absolutely nothing for the rest of the weekend, so I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. ;)
... Chamrousse, France! 🤩
We left Budapest last night, and just arrived in Chamrousse. It took us 21.5 hours to get there because of all the stops along the way, but we are finally settling in! We'll be here for a week, so stay tuned for lots of pictures.
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! ♥
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!
Have you ever been to an ice bar? No? Neither had I, until today... and it was so refreshing! Everything was made of ice. The walls, the "chairs" and "couches", the bar, and even the shot glasses were made of ice! There were also little statutes of a seahorse, a lion, an astronaut, and so on, which was really cool.
The weather in Budapest is beautiful, but it has not been colder than 28C since we arrived yesterday so it was nice to be in a cold room for a while, haha! If you're ever in Budapest, you should definitely check this place out.
YOU GUYS... I'M IN BUDAPEST!
I didn't taks a whole lot of pictures today, because my dad and I travelled with three (!!) suitcases, three hand luggage bags, one golfbag, and Baltus + his travel crate. Getting from the hotel to the airport was a circus, but we made it just in time... Getting from the airport in Budapest to my apartment was even worse, but hey, we're FINALLY here!!
The weather is beautiful, I'm super happy with the apartment, everyone wants to pet Baltus, and Baltus loves the attention. So far so good!
Unfortunately, that's all I have for today. We're going out to eat now, and then I have to unpack everything. I'll be back at the end of the week, though! In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions or suggestions in the comments section! ♥
Want to eat some incredible food in Budapest? Of course you do! Then you should absolutely, 100% visit Pata Negra Pest. The food was unreal! + it is also very affordable.
I went to visit Renate and Amalie on Wednesday, and it turned out Jenny (one of my childhood friends) was coming to visit them on Friday! So we decided we would all go out and eat dinner! ♥️ We ordered so much food, and I don't even know what all of it was.. but it was great! We had meatballs, spinach in sause(?), cheese plate, potatoes with dressing, garlic shrimp, duck breast, goat cheese and so many other things.
...only 5 or 6 more weeks until I officially move to Budapest! I'll probably just end up living in the restaurant, haha!
Hello all my lovely readers! We are now on day 5 (Saturday) of our trip, and it has been incredible!
Wednesday: We started the day by going on a 3 hour long segway tour. We got to see the Buda Castle, the Basilica, the Parliament, the Danube river memorial, the Fisherman's Bastion, downtown on the Pest side, the Jewish Quarter (which has 800 bars btw), one of the outdoor baths, and so much more! Our guide was super nice, and we could not have been more lucky with the weather. It was also very hot (32C) during out tour so it was nice to get the little breeze that you get while on the segway.
After the tour, we relaxed by the Hard Rock Cafe, did some shopping, and went to the street food Karavan to get some dinner. I had the spaghetti carbonara and my dad had mini hot dogs. It was very good and there was so much food! After dinner, my dad went to watch soccer on the big screen in one of the bars, and I went to hang out with a couple of my friends, Renate and Amalie. Renate is a 5th year vet student at UVMB, and Amalie is a second year psychology student. Renate came to work at the same clinic where I work for a couple of weeks last year, so it was really nice to see her again. We watched a movie, talked about school and just relaxed.
Thursday: Thursday was also great, but I barely touched my camera. I only have two pictures from Thursday.. We started the day by relaxing and not doing anything. We walked around downtown, checked out some stores, and then we went to a sky bar. Unfortunately I have no idea which one, because when I googled it I found out that there are quite a few of them!
In the evening, we went to a cute Hungarian / Italian place to get a couple of drinks and watch soccer before dinner. We had dinner at the Costes Downtown, which is the first Michelin starred restaurant I have ever been to. The food was very good!
I will probably be posting about Friday tonight or tomorrow, and then about the rest of my trip when I get back to Norway. It has been an awesome trip so far, and I'm already super excited to move here! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or recommendations of what to do in Budapest!
Good evening! We have officially survived the first day of our trip to Budapest!
We started the day off by eating breakfast at 5 in the morning, before going to the airport. It felt like it took FOREVER to get to Budapest, because I could not get myself to fall asleep on the airplane. However, once we got there I was super excited to start exploring!
One thing that surprised me, was how beautiful the hotel was! It looked so small from the outside, and the entrance was very mediocre, but it was huge once we stepped inside. Everything bright and white, 7 floors, glass elevators, funky furniture and the whole shebang. The people were also super nice! We relaxed for about an hour before we went to get a tour of the school.
...to be honest, I was so blown away by the school that I only managed to get one photo. ONE. I will, however, be going back to take more pictures and videos. I was mostly focusing on what the tour lady was saying, and I didn't want to be rude by ignoring her so that I could take pictures. For those of you who don't want to wait for me to post pictures/videos, feel free to check out the school's official virtual tour HERE.
After the school tour, we went to see my new apartment! 🤩It's a 7 minute walk from the school, with guards 24/7, a cute little balcony, shared rooftop terrace and it's already fully furnished! Then, we decided to do some exploring. I honestly couldn't tell you where we went though, because it was a mix of following google maps, getting distracted by cool things, and then turning around because we realised we were going in circles... I can, however, tell you what we saw!
First, my dad managed to find an antique watch store, which was awesome. There were so many cool watches! After about 30 minutes in the store, we decided to explore some of the smaller streets instead of just going to all the touristy places. And let me tell you, we found this awesome place with about 15 (?) little food trucks. They served everything from desserts, to 100% vegan, nachos, hotdogs, salads, and much more. It would be impossible to not find anything you like there.
After we checked out a few other places, we noticed a huge ferris wheel called Budapest Eye. And who can resist going on a big ferris wheel? At least not me... The view was absolutely beautiful, and it was also perfect timing to see the sunset!
To put it shortly, I'm loving Budapest and everything about the city so far. Tomorrow will also be exciting, and I'm really looking forward to being a super-tourist on the segway tour, haha! That's all for today. Now I really need to get some sleep! Hope you all had a great day.
Who am I?
Hi, I'm Ine! I'm 22 years old, from Norway, and I currently live in Budapest, Hungary, with my dogs, Baltus and Phoebe. I've wanted to become a veterinarian for as long as I can remember, and I'm currently a 1st year vet student at UNIVET. I'll mainly be writing about my experience as a veterinary student in Budapest, but also about my day to day life and my experience of life in Budapest.