On our second and final morning in Budapest, we started off with a Danube River cruise. If you have fantasies of a huge, romantic cruise ship with that catchy commercial music playing in the background, let me quickly dispel that image. For about €5 each the day before, we had purchased 24-hour public transportation passes to get around the city. This pass covers subways, buses, and public boats and it ended up being a great value. Our passes were going to expire at 2pm today, so of course we had to use them to the fullest. You know Hirsh. What better way to avoid wasting money than taking a cruise to see the Parliament Building for the tenth time? When our boat arrived, covered in rust and listing dangerously to one side, Sarah said "That's a government boat if I've ever seen one." It certainly was.
We cruised all the way past the Parliament Building to the next dock, disembarked from the boat, and then waited to board the next boat traveling in the opposite direction. We then hopped off at the Parliament dock and walked all around the building. It really is very pretty. Travel all the routes and enjoy all the views!
For our last adventure in Budapest, we had to figure our way out of an escape room! We had heard of friends doing this in other cities, and we decided to do it here because the concept was invented in Budapest. Here's how it works: you're locked in a room for one hour with almost no direction whatsoever, and you have to use common sense and critical thinking to solve various puzzles which ultimately unlock the room's door. Usually, this is done in groups of 4-6 people, but the two of us managed to escape from the room just in time! We are, however, still haunted by an algebra problem that took us way too long to solve (especially since we both love math).
On the walk back to our hotel, Hirsh stopped for a photo in front of the Opera House.
Then we hit the road for a 4.5 hour drive to Ljubljana, Slovenia, famed for being the once hometown of Melania Trump. Actually, it's famed for other reasons, like being cute and vibrant and being home to a very cool dragon bridge.