Budapest 2017

Budapest was amazing, what a beautiful city! The heat was crippling but not as bad as Milan was last September. Below are some pictures from our trip, hope you like them!

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Our first tour was the Hospital in the Rock, which was very fascinating. We were offered coats to wear underground because temperatures went as low as 14 degrees. Being from Ireland, this was summer temperature!

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Shoes on the Danube was very emotional. So many lives lost for no justifiable reason.

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St. Stephen’s Basilica. Unfortunately, we missed the tour but it was still a beautiful building to witness.

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I’m adding this because it ‘s so cute and a great idea. It’s a dog bar!

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The Budapest Eye. We went on this on our last day.

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The view from our Gold 4 stand at the Hungarian Grand Prix. This was the day of Qualifying if I recall correctly. I got sunburned pretty bad!

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The Parliament Building.

I do have lots more pictures but these are the ones I wanted to post. I really encourage everyone to see this city, people are so friendly and it’s cheap too!

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A long lost friend

My Headspace app sends me insightful messages throughout the day. Yesterday I received the following (and I’m paraphrasing):

Is there a friend you haven’t seen in a while who would love to hear from you? Why not give them a call?

I immediately thought of S. We met in college and became friends. She is one of the sweetest people I know and it was sad to realise that we had in fact fallen out of touch with each other. I was in work when I received this prompt, so I messaged her through Facebook.

We texted all day and I learned that she is seven months pregnant! I was really out of the loop, which added to my guilt. She invited me to her baby shower next Saturday, but I’ll be away in Budapest so we’ve agreed to meet the following Saturday. I’m really looking forward to seeing her, and I’m determined not to let us fall out of touch again, unless she’s sick of me!

Hop, skip and a week to Budapest

This time next week I’ll be in Budapest. Something you need to know about me is that the closer I get to a holiday the more I dread it. It’s nothing against where I’m going, I suppose it’s more that I get homesick so easily. I make it a point to go somewhere new each year, because I do enjoy it in the end and I’m always glad I went.

I remember the first time I went away without my family. My then-boyfriend (now fiancé) and I got a good deal on a 5-day trip to Berlin back in 2010. The first night over there I couldn’t sleep and I wound up crying because this was so new to me and, I have to admit, I wanted my mammy. Silly, I know, considering I was 22 at the time. But it was a shock to the system.

So why Budapest? I’d like to say the main reason is because I’ve always wanted to see this particular city, and that is in fact one of the reasons, but the main reason is actually… Formula One.

Last year my fiancé and I decided we would like to see a Formula One race live, and so we booked Milan. We didn’t just go for the race, however, that was our compromise. I would hate to go to a country I’ve never been to before just for a race without doing any sightseeing.

I promised myself that I wouldn’t do another race weekend for a while. Even though Monza was enjoyable, it was quite exhausting, especially in the crippling Italian heat. And Budapest will be just as warm (we need a race in cool/cold weather)!

At first we were just going to grab a day ticket and simply go to the race on the Sunday, but alas we wound up getting 3-day tickets. It’s funny, I don’t want our future holidays to always depend on which races are on where, but at the same time it feels wrong going somewhere that we can’t see a race!

Anyone else have any holidays planned?

The challenge of being cruelty-free

Way back when I did a blog series in which I discussed different products that were certified to be cruelty-free. If you are someone who aims to use products that haven’t been tested on animals then I’m sure you’re aware of how difficult it is. Some products claim to be cruelty-free when they’re not and you have to make sure that the label they’re using is actually an official cruelty-free label, such as Leaping Bunny.

Yesterday I decided to browse Skechers, as I was planning to get a pair of Go Walks for my upcoming trip to Budapest. I noticed that one of their filters was Vegan so naturally I clicked it and to my relief, the shoes I wanted were in fact vegan. Just out of curiosity I decided to check up on other pairs that I have (the ones that are still on sale) and was horrified to discover that my favourite Skechers boots have suede on them. I was instantly struck with a dilemma. Do I get rid of them? After all wearing them was going against everything I believe in. I hadn’t bought the shoes directly. My mam had bought them and decided that she didn’t like them so I bought them from her.

Why is it so difficult to not wear an animal? The fact that Skechers use faux fur on their shoes should lead to them using faux leather surely. At least a good majority of their products are actually vegan, I just slipped through the cracks.

Week of woe

Last week was strange. I felt out of sorts more than usual, which I found ironic seeing as I was doing all that I could to help my moods. Then I realised that I’m technically treating my anxiety, but is that independent to treating my depression?

Then my fiancé revealed that he felt similar last week also, and so did my mother! So something was in the air last week making everybody down, which makes me glad because it wasn’t just me!

Step-by-step-by-step

I decided to get a pedometer to track how many steps I take a day – the ideal amount being 10,000. However, I quickly grew tired of it because it kept resetting whenever I accidentally leaned on it (usually when I was sitting down), so I just use my phone instead.

Anyway, because I work an office job that requires a lot of sitting, my daily steps are pretty low. I’d be lucky to reach 3,000 steps per day. Right now I pay to park my car right across from my office building, but I wonder if maybe it’d be good for me to go back to parking (for free) ten minutes away. During the summer it’s fine because the schools are off and there’s barely any traffic and ample parking. But once the schools are back…

Originally I had invested in a parking pass to ease my stress levels. You see it takes me up to an hour to get to work each morning (and to get home). If I go back to parking ten minutes away, am I just creating unnecessary problems for myself by adding more time to my commute? It’s hard to know what to do. I’m going to ask my fiance and my family for advice because I’m still learning to trust my own judgement.

Inspirational places to write

I’ve always wanted to bring my MacBook to a coffee shop and write a story. Sadly I don’t drink coffee or anything else (I imagine) on the menu. I doubt they’d be happy for me to sit there for an hour or two without ordering anything. A cup of milk, perhaps?

What other places could I write that would be inspirational?