As I mentioned before, I was born and raised in Budapest. In spite of the fact I moved from home two years ago, I still remember how it is like living in the capital city of Hungary. My main purpose is, with this essay to take you on a journey to my beloved hometown and experience what it takes to be a Budapester.

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary however there are only 2 million people live in the city. For that reason, a Budapester never feels too crowded, but can enjoy all the benefits that a capital city has.

The name “Budapest” is the composition of the city names “Buda” and “Pest”, since they were united (together with Obuda) to become a single city in 1873. Buda and Pest are separated by the Danube River. The two sides of the river could not be more different. Buda is the hilly side with green nature and big forests, on the opposite side, Pest is the downtown of the city. Buda is preferred by families while Pest is more popular by students and young adults who enjoy the nightlife.  Nightlife is great in Budapest. The clubs are usually open till 5-6 am in the morning but there are clubs for after parties which open from 6 am. However my favorite places to go out are the ruin bars and retro gardens which have been set up in the old gardens and courtyards of empty and abandoned houses.  These places are also located in the Pest side.

I grew up in Obuda which on in the Buda side. The meaning of this word is Old Buda, which was given because this is the oldest part of Budapest. Settlements dating from the Stone Age have been found in Obuda. The romans built Aquincum the capital of Pannonia province here. After that, it is not surprising, five minutes walk from my parents house there is a coliseum, which was built for roman entertainment.

Budapest is popular by tourists because it is a beautiful European city whit full of history and fascinating architectural. Tourists seem to be fascinated by the thermal baths in Hungary. The thermal water was first discover by the Romans but the Turkish people also enjoyed over a hundred years when Hungary was occupied by the them in the 17th century.  There are some baths in the city, which remained from that period. Even so visitors are having a great time in Budapest; enjoying the great wines and delicious Hungarian cousin, the city is not too touristic like Prague or Paris. These cities totally lose their miracle because you can never have a private moment with the city itself. Budapest has a character, and managed to keep its magnificent and also its edgy and cool sides.

Even my life is in New York now, I will never forget those wonderful moments that I had in Budapest. And I’m looking forward to go back, which will happen in five days, and gain more memories in my beloved city.

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