07.18.2010 - 07.18.2010 82 °F
We were good Catholic girls yesterday and went to mass. Too bad we couldn't understand any of it. Sam said she understood 2 words: "Yesukristus" and "misterio." I didn't understand any of it.
After mass, we decided to cross the Danube and head over to Buda, since we had only been in Pest so far. We took the metro and then a bus over there. I really liked Buda. Unlike Pest, which is flat, Buda has hills and is a more residential area. Also in Buda is Castle Hill, where there is a ton of cool stuff to see. Thankfully it wasn't crazy hot anymore so we were able to enjoy the area.
Castle Hill was completely overtaken by tourists, so it was actually a bit hard to walk around the tiny streets. We saw a beautiful church with a green tiled roof called Matthias Church. We also went into the Military Museum, which was nice but a bit confusing. We saw everything out of order because there were no signals telling you which way to go and only part of the exhibit had English explanations, so I'm sure we missed out on a lot.
After that, we walked towards the Palace, which houses 2 museums. We were too tired to go inside by then, but had fun people watching and staring at the beautiful palace. Instead of taking the bus down towards the river, we decided to take the funicular. I wasn't too impressed. It was really hard to see the view down the hill and the ride was super short.
Back in Pest we met up with our hostel friends and bought tickets to see a chamber music concert at St. Stephen's. The concert was pretty good, but the acoustics were weird and the seats were very uncomfortable. We've come to the conclusion that there are no comfortable seats or chairs anywhere in this city!
By the time we made it back to the hostel we were very tired and hungry. We were able to find Chinese food, but it had no soy sauce. Instead, my sesame chicken had paprika in it! The Australians were gone and the hostel is now full of a lot of girls. The girls took over the common room and we all watched a girly movie: The Absolute Truth.