Szia, I’ve been in Budapest for a couple of months now and I just figured I’ll share my experience here. I remember one of the first things that I noticed when I first came here is that people were very friendly and women were really beautiful. I was staying at the Buda side first which is much more clean and fancy than the Pest side, yet most of the nightlife and cool places here are located in the Pest side. Having lived most of my time here in Pest side there are two things that I noticed the most, amazingly beautiful buildings, and piss in every corner – it seems like it’s an acceptable habit here to simply pee wherever you want – strange habit.
I also noticed that even though I’m still in east Europe, Budapest is relatively modern and reminds me more of Germany than Bulgaria/Romania – considering public transportation and condition of public locations.
Language here by far is the weirdest I’ve ever heard, I’m not even trying to learn new words because even the simple words like “Cheers” sound so complicated – fortunately you can communicate in English almost everywhere.
Nightlife here is simply fantastic, ranging from the alternative hippie Berlin-style places to the neat-looking luxury expensive places – so whatever your taste is, you’re going to find it here for sure.
Bottom line, I’m enjoying every moment here and I’ll do my best to stay for a while and hopefully write some more about it.
After living for one month in Varna, I decided that I must visit the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, so I took the bus from Varna to Sofia – the trip took around 6 hours including 1 stop – pretty exhausting but it’s all worth it. Sofia reminds me more of Bucharest, it’s much bigger than Varna and has different kinds of people – I was really amazed to see so many Arab stores next to my hotel with Arabic posters on them – the Arab community is clearly noticeable here – I know that many people immigrated from Syria here because of what’s going on there nowadays. besides – there’s a big mosque in the city center and that shows how many Muslims are actually there.
The city center here is definitely much more modern and fancy than the one in Bucharest – the buildings are really beautiful and in a good shape even though they’re old. I felt that people in Sofia spoke much better English than the ones in Varna, from what I understood that English speakers usually leave to bigger cities like Sofia or outside the country like some of my Bulgarian friends in west Europe.
You can’t help but feel an amazingly relaxing atmosphere in the city center around all the well designed cafes which is really addictive. I spent there most of my time hanging out with some awesome people that I met online.
Nightlife here is magical! I went to a club called “Bedroom” which has a spectacular design and great music and I spend quality time there with a person that I really adore which made it an unforgettable night.
Another place worth visiting is the bar on the 9th floor of the Sense hotel. it’s a luxury place in the old city center with beautiful view over the city – a perfect place for a glass of wine and a romantic night.
I had a really great time in Sofia, so great that I’d probably come back to take another bite of this beautiful city and the lovely people of it.
I’ve been here for around one month now, got comfortable in the Bulgarian lifestyle, However I noticed quite a few differences between the life here and in Bucharest, where I came from, first of all many people here, even young people do not speak English at all, which was kind of a shock for me since English is an international language. From what I understood is that not all schools teach English, you need to be a good student and to get accepted to specific schools to study that language. Second thing I felt that people here are a bit more conservative than in Bucharest, they’re less open to strangers, but I’m guessing this is probably because Bucharest is a big capital and Varna is a small city – Bucharest has around 1,5 Million compared to Varna that has 300 thousands only. The prices here are noticeably lower than in Bucharest even though it’s the most expensive city in Bulgaria. The big advantage here is the beach, nothing can be compared to a chill with some cold drink at the beach while surrounded with amazingly beautiful women, or a night walk on the beach far from the city noise under the moonlight.
So far I’m really enjoying my time here, it’s the perfect location for the summer, but only for the summer, When I first arrived the city was really quiet and “empty” – now I feel that it’s much more alive since many tourists are coming here now. But that makes me wonder, where next?