Traveler’s Guide to Budapest, Hungary

“In Budapest, you’ll find experiences like nothing else in Europe: Feel your stress ebb away as you soak in hundred-degree water, surrounded by opulent Baroque domes…and by Speedo- and bikini-clad Hungarians. Ogle some of Europe’s most richly decorated interiors, which echo a proud little nation’s bygone glory days.” – Rick Steves

Budapest is a magical city. Every new street I walked down, I fell in love with a new building, a unique statue, or the smell of fresh pastries. I would put my headphones in and dance-walk everywhere I went. I couldn’t help it! I felt so much joy each time I discovered something new.

I feel like you could never spend “enough” time in the city, as there is so much to discover and explore! I tried to experience as much as I could so I could really share my best places and reviews with you. I am sure I missed a few things, but this should be a good list to get you started if you plan to visit Budapest.

(Pssst… one of my favorite things about having a blog is sharing my talented friends. I used a mix of my fellow remote’s photos – be sure to check them out on Instagram)

Where to eat?

Most – I loved this place, especially the lunch prices! This restaurant is located near the basilica and opera house, with a large outdoor patio and adorable views inside. My group never had an issue with any of their meals. I was especially fond of their mint elderberry lemonade.

Deryne Bistro – I told everyone about this place! My good friend, Rachel, and I were out taking photos on the Buda side of town before any of the normal tourist restaurants were open, so we had to go venturing further into town to find some breakfast. We were grateful that we did! As soon as we sat down, we were offered a variety of fresh squeezed juices. Everything we tasted was amazing and they even offered us wine (at 9:30 am, I might add). I’d go back in a heartbeat.

Menza – This place is super funky! It has this great 70’s feel to it. My roomie and I came here one night and did a bit of work between courses. They don’t really have any good vegan options, but everything is pretty traditional Hungarian and we enjoyed it. Plus, the wait staff is pretty good lookin’ 😛

Kozmosz Vegán Étterem – Yay! A vegan place! I am super bummed I only visited this place once because their entire menu looked amazing. I was really craving a vegan burger and was super excited they had a blackbean one on the menu. (Side note: Most “vegetarian burgers” in Europe are a patty of fried cheese…) However, when I went to the restroom, I smelled and saw everyone else’s food and it all looked bomb! Plus, they have good wifi.

Other places: If you are into dessert and good instagram photos, don’t forget to stop by Mr. Funk and Mrs. Bagel for some ridiculous amounts of sugar. Budapest has a chain restaurant throughout the city called Hummusbar and I was a big fan. There is also the Budapest Bisztró that most people loved, but I honestly didn’t find much food I could eat each time I visited.

Also, do not forget to stop and try a chimney cake. Thank me later 🙂

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Where to drink?

360 Bar – This is a great place to grab some fancy cocktails and enjoy the stunning rooftop views of Budapest. Seriously, try the cocktails! They are amazing and worth the price. This was a pretty regular hangout for a lot of our crew.

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Pontoon – Loved this atmosphere! This bar is located right on the river by the suspension bridge. They often have live music and the view of the bridge and water at night is really grand. You can also do what my friends did – have a few cocktails and then walk across the bridge to get the gorgeous site of the parliament building lit up at night.

Ruin barsRuin bars are all the rage in Budapest and some travel writers consider them some of the best night life in Europe. They are definitely unique! These bars are built in an area of town that was pretty destroyed by WWII and they transformed old homes, apartments, and business buildings into multi-level mazes of dance floors, smoky bars, and endless entertainment. I really loved getting lost in Instant, but Szimpla Kert is definitely the best known and a popular spot for the group.

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What to do?

Museums – There are so many incredible museums here! I really enjoyed the history museum within the palace. There is an art museum in the palace as well, if that’s your jam. I would highly suggest a visit to the House of Terror, which will walk you through some of the darker pieces of Hungary’s recent history, including the actions of the Nazis, Arrow Cross Party, and the communist parties to follow. I was also told to visit the Hospital in the Rock, which is a nuclear bunker museum that I never had the chance to visit.

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Free Walking Tours – I did the generic free walking tour of the city, which walked us through parts of the Pest and Buda side. I had an incredible tour guide and left with great knowledge of the city that I was showing off the anyone who would listen. The same company has a variety of other free tours, but I have heard excellent reviews about their Jewish and Communist tours. Don’t forget to bring a tip!

Visit Monuments – There are so many incredible buildings in Budapest. You can enjoy a stroll around many of these sites and venture inside, if you would like! I highly recommend a walk inside of St. Stephen’s Basilica. There is a suggested donation of 200 HUF (about $1) to visit or a fee of about 1600 HUF to go to the top (about $5). Go to the top! It is stunning.

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I also suggest a visit to the Parliament building, said to be the most gorgeous in the world. While you are there, walk down to the water and see the Shoes on the Danube, which is a moving monument for the lives taken by the Arrow Cross Militia. Matthias Church near Fisherman’s Bastion is another incredible building, as the roof tiles are colorful and something completely different from everyday rooftops. The views from the Bastion are wonderful because you can see the parliament building from the opposing side of the river.

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Photo by the talented Rachel Yancey: @rachelyancey

Take a hikeGellert Hill offers a variety of walking trails to stunning monuments, such as the Citadel. I loved how green the park was, such trees that hang over the walkways, and the smell of fresh air. In the middle of the city! Amazing 🙂

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Visit a bath house – 100% do this at least once! I believe the largest and most well-known bath house in Budapest is Széchenyi. I only went there at night for a giant event called a “sparty,” which I wouldn’t really recommend doing for the price. There is a bath house at Gellert Hill for those who want to visit both places in one day. I enjoyed the massages at Kiraly Medicinal Bath, which had incredible prices.

Things to do outside of the city

Outdoor adventures – Did you know that you can go caving underneath Buda? Did you know you can canoe or paddle board down the Danube River? I chat about all of this in detail in this blog post about Outdoor Adventures in Budapest.

Visit Lake Balaton – Lake Balaton is a gorgeous fresh water lake not too far from Budapest. The color of the water is this memorizing shade of aquamarine and the lake is surrounded by cute towns and wineries. I wish I had enjoyed more time at the Tihany peninsula which had great views and adorable shops.

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Visit other European cities! If you have a lot of time and want to see more, visit nearby countries! I spent six days exploring outside of Budapest and loved it.

Nomad life – Work & Stay Fit

Work – I spent a lot of my working life at the co-working space called KAPTÁR. This is a great place to get a membership too if you plan on being a Budapest for a little bit and want to do some networking. I enjoyed sneaking away from the busy city setting to escape to the adorable patios and calm energy at Magház Restaurant and Teahouse. Also, if you are into cats, you can work from the cat cafe near KAPTÁR!

Stay fit – In complete honesty, I was not very active in Budapest and received the majority of my fitness through walking around the city or yoga at home. However, a couple of my fellow remotes really enjoyed the gym at the Marriott Hotel. If you are into jogging, there are gorgeous trails on Margaret Island. Is biking your jam? You can rent Bubi bikes for about $2 a day, which is a fun way to see the city.

Final Thoughts…

For not being much of a “city girl”, I absolutely loved Budapest! I enjoyed the energy, the people I got to know, and the gorgeous buildings. I seriously could not help but smile at my luck for the opportunity to enjoy a month here.

Have you visited Budapest? What was your favorite things about the city? Do you have questions about anything I did not address? Comment away, my friends ❤

I’m off to explore some of Lisbon for the day! Thanks for reading!

Namaste, Taryn

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5 Ways I Practice Self Love

This is a repost from my old blog: Yoga Mats & Cowboy Hats, but with a couple updates ❤

I  have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival. – Audre Lorde

In the majority of my yoga classes, you will hear me mention “love yourself” or “self love” at least once. Often times, I mention self love and self care and receive some eye rolling and laughs from people. This breaks my heart! There are some terrible messages out there telling people that self care is silly or self improvement is for losers. This cannot be further from the truth! Media and society fill the world with lies, claiming “once you have a better body, you will love yourself and be happy” or “with this shiny new car, you will feel confident” or “once you find the one who ‘completes’ you, you will be happy”. These are LIES! Happiness is found when we are able to find it within ourselves and acts of self love will help you get there.

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The other big lie we hear about self love is that it is selfish or narcissistic. I’m pretty tired of hearing these two words being used so casually. Being able to take care of ourselves will help us take care of others. It is about replenishing our own resources so we can continue to share, or we will deplete ourselves to the point of helplessness and will be of no use to anyone we care about. When we practice self love, we can push through the limiting beliefs that the world has put on our shoulders and we can live life radiantly.

Self love is a daily practice. Some days are easier than others. Some days, we face challenges or hear lies about ourselves (both within our heads or through the opinions of others) and we let it consume us. The biggest thing to remember about self love is to NEVER beat ourselves up when we have off days. Shit happens. We must continue to talk to ourselves with pure kindness, embracing ourselves when we are down, and lifting ourselves back up, ready to try again.

Ready to start showing yourself some love? Take a deep breath in, give yourself a tight hug, and remind yourself: I AM WORTHY OF LOVE. Let’s get to it 🙂

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HERE ARE FIVE WAYS THAT I PRACTICE SELF LOVE AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO:


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1. Eat like you care! Be honest about this one. How much time and consideration do you put into your food and eating habits? Are you eating because you are bored, upset, or hungry? Are you eating foods that are high in grease, fats, and sugars? Or are you filling your body with colorful, nutrient rich foods designed to fuel you up?

Your body is craving for nourishment. One of the best ways you can express love for the body is by giving it the tools it needs for success. Listen to your body’s needs. Slow down and really enjoy the first 3 bites of every meal. Contemplate the texture, the taste, the richness of the different flavors. And give appreciation. If you can change anything about your eating habits, simply slow down and be grateful!

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2. Repeat affirmations DAILY. This is a big game changer for me and it sounded really stupid to me in the beginning too, don’t worry. I challenge you to make a habit of saying loving affirmations to yourself aloud at least once a day (preferably first thing in the morning). I also encourage you to say these things to yourself while looking into a mirror. Trust me, it is not as crazy as it sounds. There are many affirmation ideas all over the web. You can also purchase affirmation cards, books, signs, etc. You can change it up every day or you can pick one affirmation that truly speaks to you and use that same one daily. If you like the idea of consistency, try taping the affirmation to your bathroom mirror or you can make your own piece of pretty artwork to display and remind yourself.

Here are some super simple affirmations that really click with me:

  • I am worthy (of love, abundance, beauty, etc.)
  • I am enough
  • I am valuable
  • I am perfectly imperfect
  • I can accomplish anything I put my mind to
  • I love my body. It is strong, beautiful, and capable
  • I am grateful for the abundance in my life

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3. Enjoy stillness. It is important to take time for rest and quiet. I know we are all busy and we are filled to the brim with obligations and to-do lists, making it difficult to set aside time for ourselves. However, it is absolutely necessary to our self care. Make this a priority. Maybe wake up a little bit earlier, while the rest of the house is still asleep, or explain to your family that in order to do more for them, you need ten minutes for yourself and go lock yourself in a room. I can promise you, everyone can handle at least 10 minutes without your help. Of course, if you have toddlers home, you may find it a little more difficult to them to fend for themselves. However, you can make it a priority to take ten minutes for yourself when they are down for a nap before you start on a list of chores. This should be non-negotiable. Stillness can be anything that involves quiet and peace. You can spend some time in meditation (guided or silent) or relax into a steamy bath with luxurious bubbles or salts. It doesn’t mean you are not moving at all, just that you are moving peacefully. You can enjoy some creative work, tend to your garden, color, read a book. But it is time for you and only you!

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4. Enjoy movement. As important is it is to slow down and find stillness, it is just as vital to find energizing movement. Hopefully, something that you love! The gym may not be your thing, yoga may not be your thing, hiking may not be your thing. However, there is some kind of movement that will excite you, you simply need to find it! Create a fun family workout routine, go for a jog, go play kickball at the park, go to a Zumba class or kickboxing class or crossfit class, go hiking, go dancing, do yoga. I don’t care what you do, but move! With movement, you will learn more about your body and everything it is capable of. Do not focus on its limitations, but find amazement in what you can do. If your movement gets you outdoors, even better! We all need a little more vitamin D in our life.

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5. Date yourself. This is my favorite act of self love and probably the one that sounds the silliest… I decided a long time ago that I am more than capable of doing things for myself and I should. I buy myself flowers, with no shame! I write myself love notes to put on my desk. I get dressed in my favorite clothes, put on some bitchin’ lipstick, and wear some yummy perfume; just for me! I tell myself, “Damn, you look good!” Selfies encouraged!

I make it a habit to take myself out. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. I go to the movies, to dinner, to the park, on a solo day trip. Sometimes, I just stay in and do something I love.

Dating yourself is about treating yourself with respect and having some fun along the way. I dare you: write down a list of things you LOVE to do, new things you want to try, or places you want to go. Now, pull out your planner and start scheduling your date nights. I aim for at least one per month. Put it on your planner with a pen or even a permanent marker. This is your “me time” and it is not selfish. It is essential.


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It doesn’t matter if you are single, dating, married, divorced, etc. Make it a priority to take time out to practice self care. Enjoy your own presence and become your own best friend. It does not make you crazy, it makes you better connected to your mind, your body, and your soul. Understanding who you are can help refresh all the relationships around you, learning how to step away from those which are not healthy and how to show sincere gratitude to the friends and family that nourish you.

I would love to hear what you think. Have you ever been on a self date? What did you do? How do you like to practice self care?

Happy Wednesday, y’all! Namaste 🙂

Taryn

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Yoga for Lower Back Pain

“It is not your history but your presence on the mat that matters.” – Sri Krishni Pattabhi Jois

I just got back from a gorgeous weekend away from Lisbon in the adorable city of Sintra. I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of time I have been spending in big cities and needed to disconnect. For me, being able to find quiet moments in nature truly allows me to find a sense of groundedness and re-connect with myself.

Sintra is full of gorgeous greenery, ornate gardens, and castles straight out of a fairy tale.

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I took the time to find quiet and journal. I explored the wilderness, the castles, and the city center. Plus, I had the opportunity to film a yoga video for y’all!

My remote year group has decided it is fitness month and I have been working it a bit harder than normal. I am feeling a bit out of whack all over, but mostly in my low back. Back pain is my number one complaint from students, so I wanted to share a practice for releasing tension in the low back and to gently open into the hips.

I hope this helps some of you find relief this week. Let me know what you think ❤

Taryn

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Vegan Potato & Chickpea Curry

“Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable”
― Gary L. Francione

I often get asked about how I enjoy being a “foodie” when eating a bland, vegetarian diet. This always makes me laugh! Why does vegan food always translate into “boring food”? SO WRONG!

I truly enjoy cooking vegan meals for my friends because I like to show off how flavorful vegan food can really be. I often cook recipes that are inspired by traditional Thai, Mexican, or Indian style foods because they heavily rely on the flavor of the spices, rather than the flavor of the meat.

This is why I fell so in love with this recipe for Chickpea & Potato Curry from Recipe Tin Eats. This is an easy recipe and full of flavor! I just add a few tweaks, such as the addition of coconut cream.

I am not able to find all the spice ingredients I like to use overseas, but I am finding a way to make it work. The good thing to remember is that if you are not able to find a spice or there if a flavor you don’t particularly enjoy, feel free to skip it! The dish will still be packed full of flavor.

Vegan Potato & Chickpea Curry

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 50 minutes total
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Caribbean curry from Trinidad that tastes very similar to tomato based Indian vegetable curries.

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Ingredients


Ingredients
3 tbsp cooking oil (I use olive)

Flavor Base
1 large onion , diced (brown, white, yellow)
2 large garlic cloves , minced
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp All Spice powder
1 tsp nutmeg powder
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (or ordinary paprika)
2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 tsp cumin powder
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp white pepper (or 1/2 tsp black pepper)

Curry
1 1/2 cups potatoes, cut into cubes
28 oz canned chickpeas, drained
14 oz canned diced tomatoes
1 cup of vegetable broth
1 cup of coconut milk/cream
2 tbsp fresh parsley , finely chopped (for garnish)
Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add the Flavor Base ingredients and cook for 3 minutes until the onion is
  3. translucent.
  4. Add the potatoes and cook for a further 2 minutes. If the spices start to stick to the bottom of the pot, add a tiny splash of water.
  5. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, vegetable broth, and coconut milk. Bring to simmer then turn down the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked and the sauce has thickened. Add salt to taste.
  6. Serve with rice and/or sauteed veggies.

A big thank you to my incredibly talented Rachel Yancey for making this incredible video!

❤ Taryn

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6 Days in Vienna, Prague, & Berlin

“I love the feeling of being anonymous in a city I have never been to before.”

Man did I have a crazy six days just a week ago. My good friend, Flick, and I decided to head away from Budapest for a few days to visit some other European cities. We ended up planning an exciting trip of one night in Vienna, two nights in Prague, and two nights in Berlin.

We definitely had an interesting trip. Things did not go as planned and I ended up getting pretty sick, but nothing held us back from having a grand adventure!

Thursday – BUD > VIE

After throwing a bunch of random clothes and my work stuff into my backpack, I met Flick for a quick snack before heading to Vienna. We had booked a Bla Bla Car which is a sort of carpooling app that is pretty popular in Europe. Unfortunately, our driver never showed up and we could not get a hold of them! This was after we took multiple cabs to the meeting place (our first cab drove us in the wrong direction and then kicked us out of his car because his app wasn’t working). This was a bit annoying, but we booked a bus and headed out only a few hours behind schedule.

Once we got to Vienna, we realized that our sim cards were not working for data in Austria and we had no euro… so we ended up taking a pretty long walk in the sun without water to our hotel.

We were lucky enough to be meeting up with some other remotes from a different group and shared a bedroom at the Marriott in Vienna. So nice to sleep in a comfy bed again, btw! We did some work from the hotel room before heading out to wander the city that evening. We had a nice dinner, a bottle of wine, and headed back for a good night’s sleep.

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Friday – VIE > PRG

Friday morning, I had booked a walking tour online. However, my sleep deprived and wine-silly self had booked the walking tour for Prague, rather than Vienna. Whoops! We ended up finding a different tour anyways and wandered around a bit of old town.

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During the tour, our guide mentioned a gallery nearby that featured the work of some of Flick’s favorite artists. We quickly headed over to the Belvedere Museum to see the beautiful work of Klimt and other artists, such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Beckmann. Plus, the Belvedere Palace and Gardens are absolutely gorgeous!

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We headed to the bus station only to find out that our original bus had been cancelled. Instead, we were booked for a different bus five hours later. This was super frustrating, as we wouldn’t be getting into Prague until midnight!

However, we decided to make the most of our time and visit the Schönbrunn Palace, which is well-known for its extensive and memorizing gardens. We wandered the grounds, napped on a park bench, and found an adorable beer garden nearby to grab a bite to eat before heading back to the damn bus station.

 

Midnight, we “landed” in Prague and headed straight to bed (we had swapped rooms with the other remote girls we had met up with in Vienna). We were supposed to go out with some of the remotes living in the city, but sickness had caught up with me and my throat was rudely swollen beyond an ability to easily guzzle down beer. We figured it would be better to sleep it off.

Saturday – Prague

Saturday morning, we enjoyed a nice breakfast with another new remote friend named Bharath. Then, we headed out to the free walking tour. You know, the one that I thought I had booked the day before… It explored part of the old town, the lesser town, and the grand castle.

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Afterwards, we frolicked over to the John Lennon wall. This is pretty much necessary for a photo lover like me 🙂

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We walked along the river, enjoyed some cider, and picked up some wine and cheese to munch on until dinner. We were invited to join a few of the local remotes (Meraki) to a fancy tasting dinner. As a veg head, I am not into tasting menus much, but it was fun.

Afterwards, they took us out to the coolest underground bar in Prague! It felt like we were in a giant tree house, with live music featuring a didgeridoo, and hippies. I fit right in. Then, we wandered around to a few more bars before heading to bed…. at 5 am… nbd.

Sunday – PRG > BER

Needless to say, we did not really wake up in time to do additional sight seeing in Prague, but we had a quick bite to eat and headed back to the bus station. We were super pumped for our next stop, Berlin!

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We arrived in Berlin late into the evening and found our way to our hostel, Singer109, which was super cute and had the coolest bartender in town, Connor. Connor was incredible enough to make me his special drink for sore throats and it worked wonders! Pride weekend had just ended and he advised us over to some fun gay bars for the night. It was a fun time.

Annddd… bed time ❤

Monday – Berlin

We had breakfast in the hostel and got some work done before heading out to meet up with some other friends who were in town. We wandered over to Alexanderplatz, lunch, and on to more shopping. I was on the hunt for some birthday presents and was not at all disappointed by the unique and artistic selection of stores in Berlin.

 

We said adios to our friends, Sadie and Andrea, before heading around the city and over to the East Wall Gallery. This is an amazing display of artwork on what was a section of the Berlin wall. We walked along the wall, watched some street performers, and stopped by a cool bar for pizza on the way back to the hostel. Berlin has these incredible bars along the river that are a hippie’s paradise. I loved it!

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We went back at the hostel, needing to get more work done #digitalnomadlife. We had plans to adventure out to one of those nifty outdoor bars, but our planned were crushed by rain. Boo! We still headed out for a couple drinks before getting some amazing falafel on the way home.

Tuesday – BER > BUD

Woke up super bummed to see the rain was still ongoing and my throat was still angrily swollen. However, I had booked a bike tour of the city and was determined to see more of historic Berlin. I said goodbye to Flick, who has visited the city before and needed to work, and crossed my fingers that my sneakers and cardigan would keep me somewhat warm.

They didn’t, but at least the biking tour guides were able to sell me a cheap plastic poncho for a euro. This helped… but a couple people in the group snickered at me for being “unprepared for the Berlin weather”. I shrugged it off. I was determined to see the day through.

So glad that I did! The bike tour gave me a ton of great stops, such as the oldest church in Berlin, the memorial for the burned books, Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten, Museum Island, and more. I freaking loved the tour.

 

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I headed back to the hostel for another amazing drink to warm up, courtesy of Connor. We got some work done before catching the flight back to Budapest.

Enjoy a video of my trip ❤

 

Such a fun trip with unexpected twists and turns! I definitely need to go back and spend some more time in Berlin. I feel like there was much more to be explored.

As always, thanks for staying tuned in to my travels ❤

Love, Taryn

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Outdoor Adventures in Budapest

“Live in sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” – Emerson

Quick post today friends! I have just gotten back to Budapest after a 6 day trip to Vienna, Prague, and Berlin (can’t wait to tell you all about it!) and I am a biiiit behind on work. Digital nomad life still requires a lot of work time, btw. 🙂

I have had an incredible time exploring within the city limits of Budapest. There are so many things to see and do here that, even after a month, I feel like there are still things to be experienced! This makes it a tad stressful, especially knowing I move to Lisbon on Saturday (gasp)!

While the city is amazing, some of my greatest moments this month happened outside the city, out in the glorious nature of Hungary.

Remote Year is super rad because on top of everything else they do for us, the most valuable thing they do is getting us connected with the locals. Each month, we have the opportunity to participate is city “tracks”. Track events are designed to get us out of our comfort zones, experiencing new cultures, and enjoying opportunities that may not have been possible had we been traveling on our own. (I chatted about my tracks in Croatia last month in my blog post of local movements)

Exploring the Caves

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Did you know that Budapest has a ton of caves under the city? According to caving.hu, “Budapest is the capital of caves. It is the only capital in the world which has caves of significant size and length underneath its buildings and streets. More than two hundred caves are known under the Buda side of the town.”

Cool, huh? I had an incredible time exploring these caves for a couple hours. Forewarning – the experience was way more than I bargained for! Often times, we had to army crawl our way through tiny spaces or do this fabulous move called the “superman”. It is hard to explain, but pretty much you are laying on one side, arm up in Superman position, and using one of your legs to push you through narrow tunnels. It’s intense! #growthzone

Watch my exploration of the caves here:

It’s a bit long… but I really just enjoy everyone’s faces when they get out of a tight crawl space – such relief!

I definitely would not recommend this if you have severe claustrophobia. We had a couple people really have a hard time on this track and not enjoy it as much because of the lack of light and the teeny spaces we had to push ourselves through. However, if you are not too worried about the army crawls – do it!

Canoeing the Danube River

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Somehow, I have never really canoed before. The only thing we tend to do on the rivers near Phoenix is lazily float down it with a case (or two) of beer. Cheers to trying new things!

A group of us grabbed some canoes and a few incredible locals showed us the way upstream towards lunch. Canoeing upstream was more challenging than I would have imagined. My arms and abs were pretty tired, but lunch was worth it! Our new local friends cooked traditional Hungarian food over an open fire in the coolest location that overlooked the river.

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Such a fun time! While we did this through our great friends at Remote Year, it looks like there are ways you can take a canoe tour while you are visiting Budapest as well. Who wouldn’t want to join this fun canoe tour of the Danube River?

More on Budapest to come…

Want to know more about my recommendations in Budapest? Don’t worry! I will be working on a guide, just like the one I made for Split, Croatia.

Don’t forget to follow my Instagram to stay up-to-date in the every day happening of traveling abroad, the realities of working remotely, and some yoga inspiration!

Love ya lots, Taryn

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Quick Energizing Yoga, Lake Balaton

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” – Albert Einstein

I invite you to share a beautifully peaceful day with me near Lake Balaton in Hungary. Plus, I have a quick practice for you (at a winery) to boost some energy.

Before visiting the larger lake, we stopped for a quiet morning in the thermal waters of Lake Heviz. According to the locals, the lake has healing capabilities and was filled with people looking for their share. Their website explains that it is due to the type of microorganisms living in the water and the minerals, such as sulfur and magnesium, that can be found there. It definitely has an interesting smell.

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After a nice swim (or rather, float) it began to drizzle pretty heavily over the lake. However, we did not let the rain ruin our parade! We headed off towards Lake Balaton.

If you get to this side of the world, I highly suggest a getaway to this part of the country. We visited the cutest town, Tihany. We weren’t here for long, but I feel like I could have spent a few relaxing days strolling through the adorable streets, shopping among the locals’ crafts, and enjoying the views of the lake.

Then, my favorite part of the day’s journey: to a WINERY! My heart flutters enthusiastically as soon as they mention the fun surprise. The winery, called Petrányi, was tucked into the quiet hillside overlooking the lake, with stunning views, delicious food, and a great variety of wines.

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Needless to say, after a glass of wine and a morning of relaxing on the lake, I was in some serious need of a pick-me-up. So grateful I brought my mat, I found a quiet spot among the vines and did a quick practice to build some more energy…. and I filmed it for you to join me!

Hope you are feeling a little bit more awake, and maybe even enjoyed an imaginary trip over to Hungary with me for the day. Keep up with your practice, my friends! You all inspire me to continue with mine.

Best of love, Taryn

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