24 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hello Everyone! I just realized that it’s been almost a month since I last posted! Of course there is no excuse for leaving you guys hanging, but as I mentioned in my last post, I recently moved to Texas, then I was on a mission trip in Puerto Rico. Don’t worry because I have a TON of fun things planned for the next few months!

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Washington D.C. in 24 Hours: What You Need to See, What You Need to Skip

Hello everyone! For those of you who don’t know, last month I was in Niagara Falls, but what EVERYONE doesn’t know, is that I also spent a day in Washington D.C.! It was so much fun to see our nations capital, with is so rich with history and culture, even though I had only a short amount of time. So I thought I’d help people who might be in the same place I was, with one a short amount of time to see so much!

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24 Hours at Niagara Falls: The Complete List of What to Do, and What to Skip

Hello everybody! Yes, it’s me! Noel White! Back from the dead…I mean vacation. (Same thing, right?) As much as I love traveling, I love home even more, and the sweet scent of my house after a long vacation! But I also LOVE vacation! This year my family went on a two week road trip from Kansas up through Washington D.C., Connecticut, Rhodes Island, and a short pitstop in Niagara Falls Canada!

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How to Pack For a 2 Week Trip in a Backpack + Free Printable Packing List

Hey everyone! I am so excited to announce that I am finally done with my Freshman year of High School! Oh my goodness it is about time! I am so ready for summer vacation. This summer is so busy, and I’m going to hit the ground running when my family and I take a road trip cross country from Kansas to the north east, stopping in Virginia, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Niagara Falls, and Rhode Island (to name a few). Then, we drive BACK to Kansas, say goodbye to all my friends, pack up everything I own and move to Texas. Then a week after I move to Texas I’m flying to Puerto Rico. And that’s just the first half of the summer!

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12 Days in Budapest: A Day by Day

12 Days in Budapest

Hey guys! Just to warn you, this is going to be a very very long post, so just brace yourselves! Budapest is a beautiful city, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! I wish I could have spent more time there!

Budapest Day 1: Recovering from my flight took up most of my day, which, luckily, I remembered to schedule an extra day for. After sleeping until after noon, we went to get Chiminy Cakes, which are dough, spiraled around a stick, baked to perfection, and then coated with sugar and the toppings of your choice. The stall that we went to had vanilla sugar, nuts, and coconut. You can usually find them in the Great Market Hall, the Christmas Market, or in the malls. Totally worth the splurge!

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Budapest Day 2: Today we went to a soccer tournament for my cousin in the small country of Slovakia…a small country yet very populated.

Budapest Day 3: Yummy Goulash at the Christmas Market, and the fancy donut shop downtown called Mrs. Bagel and Mr. Funk…must eats for any Budapest travelers! My donut was Nutella flavored, my Uncle and Aunt got a raspberry chocolate one with pop rocks on top, one of my cousins got one with a kinder egg on top (chocolate eggs which, when you open them, have candy inside), and another cousin got one shaped like a unicorn. Those are just a few of the amazing flavors that they had!

Budapest Day 4: Today we walked across the Chain Bridge and by the river, seeing a lot of Budapest’s main tourist attractions. We saw the sobering shoe memorial, which is dedicated to men and women who were shot and then pushed into the Danube during the Holocaust, and the beautiful Castle Hill from afar, and finally, the Parliament Building, which is truly majestic. So much history in one country!

Budapest Day 5:  Downtown Budapest at night is truly beautiful. While Paris is majestic during the day, Budapest beats it by far at night. The Parliament lights up like a Christmas tree, and all the curiously beautiful lampposts are shining, and all of the bridges are lit up to show off their beauty in their own beautiful way. It’s amazing to contrast Budapest during day and night.

Budapest Day 6: Today we saw Castle Hill, with the Buda Castle and St. Matthias Church, both in their majestic beauty. Both are beautiful examples of architecture and stunning historic landmarks. For example, the Empress praised with uniting Hungary and Austria into one country is Cisi, or Empress Elizabeth, who has statues both at the Buda Castle, and St. Matthias Church.

Budapest Day 7: We took a day trip out of Budapest to visit the Guicciardi Estate where Beethoven wrote Moonlight Sonata and Fun Elise! It was so much fun and there was so much to see, from the small museum to the grounds around it. Seeing were he wrote it made it easy to see how he got inspired for both those songs. This is a must stop for any musicians traveling through Budapest and Austria.

Budapest Day 8: Next stop, the thermal baths! Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, which have great health benefits, and are completely natural. We went to the Gellert baths, which was left over from the OTTOMAN EMPIRE! Can you imagine! It was living history! They had eight pools, and I think that my main advice for visiting the thermal baths, is making sure that you bring a water bottle. With the hot water, it is so easy to get dehydrated, and even though we only stayed for 4 hours, I quickly accumulated a headache from dehydration.

Budapest Day 9: Yummy, yummy milkshakes at Johnny’s, a small American Café in ‘Erd. If you’re feeling a little homesick, this is a great place to stop. It is a hidden gem in Budapest, known to American locals, mostly Missionaries and Embassy workers. After that it was home for a small fire, which was the perfect end to a relaxing day.

Budapest Day 10: Today we went to the great market hall…so much fun trying out food and chocolates. One of the foods that we tried was called Langosh, basically they were fried pizzas, which you really can’t go wrong with. One of the things that stressed me out about the Great Market Hall, was how crowded it was. It was partially stressful because you have to make sure that you’re keeping track of your stuff, but also for an introvert like me, it was hard to not freak out because of how claustrophobic I was getting. I WOULD suggest going, but I wouldn’t suggest planning on spending the whole day there. Also, a quick tip, but most stalls don’t take credit card, so make sure to stop at a currency exchange before shopping.

Budapest Day 11: A quick daytrip to Vienna, Austria. It is such a beautiful city, and a wished so bad that I could spend a whole week there, but the time/lodgings wouldn’t allow it. I would suggest that if you had more time, a weekend trip here. It was a lot of fun. We visited the graves of Mozart and Beethoven and Shubert and Brahms, which were all located in the same cemetery the Vienna Central Cemetery, which also happens to be the largest cemetery in the world. After that we went to the Castle and ate yummy pretzels at the Christmas Market.

For groups with kids I would strongly suggest the Children’s Museum at the castle. It was very interactive and let you dress up like princesses and princes, ride horses, comb wigs, and even set a table like in the early 1800s.

And another must eat is Weinersnitzel, which is pork, cut extremely thin, and then fried…it was like heaven on earth.

Budapest Day 12: Last day in Budapest! I spent most of the day repacking my bags, and figuring out how I was going to cram all my souvenirs into one suitcase, but ended with the best ending you could have: eating Rosa Gelato by the light of St. Stephens Basilica at night. How can something be so delicious and yummy at the same time? I had so much fun in Budapest and am going to miss this majestic city.

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Thanks so much for reading this post! I love new adventures and exploring new places. Comment below what looks like something you would do if you were in Budapest, and another question you might have. I’d love to answer them!

Happy Adventuring,

Tryphena