weekend in Budapest

Friday afternoon (Sept 21) at 3:00pm I met with my friend Geani to go to an exchange office to exchange Romanian RON (new Lei) to Hungarian Forint for our weekend in Budapest! At 3:30pm we met Einer and Marius at the bus stop and around 4pm we left for Budapest. We were all very excited to be finally going to Budapest for the Hillsong United concert!
The bus ride to Budapest felt very long (it was 13 hours). It was nice that the four of us were able to sit together. We had fun on the bus and we had lots of great encouraging conversations. We stopped in Oradea to picked up my friend Dana and her friend Adiana on our way to Budapest. Dana bought the rest of the tickets, which I was so grateful because I was disappointed that five out of the nine people in our group backed out and I wanted those tickets to be sold and not to be wasted. Now that Hungary and Romania are both in the European Union crossing the boarder is so much faster and easier now! Before Romania joined the EU there used to be two separate boarders (one for each country), I remember that when I crossed the boarder in the summer of 1999, now it’s much better with one boarder.
We arrived in Budapest around 4:15am local time on Saturday morning (Hungary is one hour behind Romania) and we were all exhausted because I don’t think any of us got any sleep on the bus. We stayed at the bus station for almost a half an hour and then we decided to adventure out. Thankfully there was a subway station right there at the bus terminal. We took the subway to the area where the youth hostel we stayed at was. We decided to get a bite to eat at MacDonalds for breakfast which opened at 6am which worked out for us!
After we ate breakfast we decided to go to the youth hostel and see if we could check in or at least drop off our bags and check in later. I have to admit it was quite funny when Einer buzzed for the hostel at 7:20 in the morning. He said "hmmm, yeah I’m a bit early and I was wondering if we can check in". I seriously wondered what the person was thinking when he buzzed at 7:20 in the morning but he did let us in! We all had a good laugh and laughed about it all day when we thought about it! We didn’t check in but we ended up just leaving our bags there and went back later to check in.
We spent the morning sightseeing around Budapest. We went to Castle hill and some other cool places. Budapest is such a beautiful city and it was great to go back to it and experience it again even though we were all very tired from lack of sleep. We went to Pizza Hut for dinner and we also had a cookie morning snack at Subway. After we had a delicious dinner we decided to return to the youth hostel to check in and have a nap before the concert. I was thankful that I got to have a nap, even if it was for an hour because I felt a bit more rested and refreshed.
Around 5pm we headed over to where the concert was held, which was at a park (it was an open air stage concert outside). The Hillsong United concert was awesome and it was worth it going there for it!! The concert was around 2 1/2 hours. I think that was my first concert I went to that was so international, there was of course a lot of Hungarians there because it was in Hungary but there was also a lot of Romanians and other nationalities there too. It was such a blessing to worship God with so many people of different nationalities who love God! It was a two hour worship concert and the Youth Pastor from the Hillsong church was there and gave a great messenge on this generation raising for God and making a difference. I have been listening to the Hillsong worship music for years and I have always loved how passionate they are when they worship God, so it was such a blessing to worship with them in Budapest! God’s presence was also so beautiful. God spoke to me at the concert and affirmed the ministry that He has called me to in Romania, which was such an encouragement to me.
The nice thing about youth hostels at least the one we stayed at is we didn’t have a checked out time. Sunday morning it was great to sleep in and have an easy morning. We had a small breakfast and then we went to KFC for lunch. We decided to grab some snacks for our trip home at a convenient store. You can buy cherry coke in Hungary, so Einer bought I think like five or six of them. He gave one each to Marius and Geani, which was the first time they tried it. In fact it was neat seeing Marius and Geani experience so many things for the first time during the weekend! It was the first time for them going to Budapest, going to Subway, Pizza Hut, KFC and also drinking cherry coke!
Our bus ride home was another long ride (it was a 12 hour trip) and it was frustrating because I really wanted to sleep but I couldn’t at all. We arrived in Targu Mures at 2:15 in the morning and I finally got to bed at 2:45am. I only had 3 hours of sleep that night because Monday morning I had to be at school at 8am for my business Engish class! Monday I was exhausted but it was worth it all because it was such a great weekend!! 

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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