Budapest and My Last Week @ Work Hubs Euston
My roommate and I had been asked the same question by a variety of different people ever since the trip was booked, “Why the hell are you guys going to Budapest?” And our response would always be, “Why not?” But, exactly, why not?!
This trip was going to be our last weekend to travel during our time abroad, why would we want to go to some of the same places everyone else had gone? Budapest was a city in Eastern Europe that nobody had any interest in seeing, which sounded absolutely perfect to us.
Upon arrival the cab took us by car to our huge three bedroom apartment (perks of the hostel screwing up the booking) where we threw our bags down and wondered the city… at 1am. So what was our first observation? The Eastern Block is really, really freaking cold. I mean wow, 30 degrees F (-1 degrees C) 25 mph winds and snow, lets just say we were both missing NY winters, let alone London winters. The next morning was spent exploring the city, eating goulash, drinking hot wine, and shaking hands with President Reagan…
After that we went on to the shooting range where we shot guns that you’d never see in the US. Now am I a huge gun fanatic? No, but there is no way in hell you can tell me that shooting an AK-47 wouldn’t be fun; and guess what? It was.
The next day we spent exploring the Buda side of the city (the city is split into two sides by the river: Buda and Pest). We ended up climbing to the top of Gellert Hill (800ft high) to see the Citadel and the Liberty Statue. What we also ended up seeing was one of the most breath taking views we had ever seen. I don’t even think I could put into words how incredible it was to see the city, the River and the sunset from the top of this hill, truly breath taking…
So with my last trip being over and my time in London seeing its final days, I’d have to say that my mind is definitely running a little wild. I’ve gone from a 10,000 person tent at Oktoberfest, to seeing the Sistine Chapel in Rome, to the Heineken Factory in Amsterdam, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Citadel in Budapest. I’ve met people from all over the world (most of whom I’ll probably never see again) and I have a story about each one.
Last but not least, I’ve had the opportunity to intern here at @ Work Hubs Euston. I honestly had absolutely, positively no idea what in the world I would be doing during my internship before I had my interview, but to say that I’ve learned a lot is an understatement. I’ve had the chance to meet people from all over: France, Holland, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Lebanon, and Australia just to name a few. I’ve also had the chance to meet people from a variety of different backgrounds, including banking, accounting, consulting, marketing, website design, real estate, etc: and they were all (mostly) people working for themselves. I think this is all a testament to the Hub and the work being done by Philip Dodson. This is a place that no matter where you’re from, you can thrive here. Before I started working here I knew exactly what I wanted to do, now I have no clue and I’m so happy about that fact.