I visited Budapest for the first time last May, and it is the type of place I can see myself returning to again and again. Think cool museums, vintage shopping, excellent coffee and vibrant, alternative nightlife – exactly the escape I needed during last year’s exam period, and exactly the escape I am craving as I write this!
Last Christmas, I found myself on a whirlwind trip to Budapest. In the midst of the city my friend and I experienced our first Ruin Bar, Szimpla Kert. It was at once the craziest and most welcoming place I have ever been to. I did not feel alienated by cool hipster vibes, or Chelsea cool crowd. I slipped in easily amongst the students, the hen parties, the work colleagues and the other travellers. No pressure, no fitting in, just fun.
After graduation has come and gone, most of us will never again experience the amazing opportunity of a three month summer break. Having a quarter of your year to spend more or less as you choose is, quite honestly, a magical thing. If you’re looking to do something positive and learn a skill, but want to steer away from the internship route, you may want to consider a language immersion programme.
At some point this semester the three streets of St. Andrews will cease to be entertaining. Essay deadlines will start to get you down and the magical veil of the Lizard will be lifted as you finally start to realize it is not an actual nightclub. Let me propose a magical cure… a weekend get away! You will come back to St. Andrews refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the semester!