Journey from London to Budapest

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Setting out on a journey to a different country is always thrilling even if tiring, especially when it involves many different modes of transport.

Journey starts with a train ride

The journey from London to Budapest meant leaving Guildford early in the morning to catch the train to Waterloo, then the tube to Covent Garden.  After a workout and brunch event at Pineapple Studios, it was time to head off on the next adventure – a journey to Budapest involving another tube ride, overground railway, shuttle bus, plane and another shuttle bus.  I then was delivered to the city of Budapest but quite a way from Erzsébetváros district.  A final journey on Budapest’s subway and I was at my destination, the Origo Guesthouse.

I was very happy to find my the guesthouse was right in the centre of Budapest, though I didn’t find it by myself.  There was no sign at street level, but a quick phone call and the staff were very helpful and someone came to fetch me from the street and escort me upstairs (and carry my bag) where I found this gorgeous courtyard.  The guesthouse is freshly refurbished and though very basic, it is inexpensive and central with free wifi.  I’d happily stay there again.

Journey's end, Origo Guesthouse

Journey ends with a meal

Enquiring at the reception desk where I could find a vegan meal, I was directed to a vegetarian restaurant about 15 minutes’ walk away.  Dumping my bag, I headed back to the street and deliberately turned the opposite way to the directions given to me – it’s all an adventure, right?  I only walked a couple of blocks when I found the Stifler Sports Bar – an American diner of sorts and they said they could make me a vegan burrito.  Score!  I fell upon it with gusto, then  it was back to the Origo for a good night’s sleep before exploring the city next day.

More about Budapest in a coming article.

What’s your favourite mode of transport?  When you travel, do you book ahead for shuttles or do you prefer to wing it?Journey London to Budapest

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