Snow, Brunch and a Movie I Didn’t Quite Understand

Yesterday, I woke up to a neat surprise–snow falling in big white flakes, landing in the courtyard. It seems like winter has finally arrived in Budapest.

Evan and I decided to brave the snow and head out to the Kempinski for brunch. We took the subway–nice and easy since the stop is about a block away and it took us right to the hotel–and settled in for a nice leisurely brunch buffet. We had champagne, croissants, eggs, pasta, meats (well, Evan had those, not me), cheeses, and best of all, we got to create our own little crepes! Of course, we were absolutely stuffed by the end of our meal.

After that, we decided to catch a movie at MOM Park. There were a few English titles, and we settled on Rendition. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize that a good portion of the film is in Arabic and while it was technically playing in English, all the subtitles were in Hungarian. We missed a lot in the translation.

Though most of the shops in MOM Park were closed by the time we got out of the movie, the Match grocery store was still open and it turned out to be one of the biggest, best stocked supermarkets we’ve found in Budapest so far. We picked up a few items and went to find our tram back home.

Somehow, all of this brought us to about 9 p.m. I know, I don’t know where the time goes, either. And later on, we went to Vespa for drinks with some friends. Vespa was a bit of a surprise. I’ve walked by it many times and never felt compelled to go in–the kitschy theme, harsh neon lights and touristy location just didn’t seem appealing. And walking up to it last night, I was worried–it looked completely empty. Little did I know that there’s a basement bar, dance floor and lounge. It was cozy, with vaulted brick ceilings and plenty of spots to sit, and the kitsch factor was a lot more fun in the low light, with a DJ booth that looked like a bright red Vespa hood ornament and other fun memorabilia surrounding the bar. There weren’t many other groups at the bar, especially downstairs, but then again, it was a Sunday night.

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