After our escape to the wilderness, we were back in Budapest for a few days. Then I would have to fly back to Finland, but in the meantime I had things to do… the first one being to see the sun rise over the city. This time, the second day in a row, I couldn’t enlist Marci, so I woke up alone, tried not to wake up the cat who had elected to share my bed, and ran for the bus. I drowsed the whole way to Széll Kálmán tér, but then I energized myself and started to climb the Castle Hill.
On my way to the city, and once I was in the square, I noticed something: despite the early hour, the metropolis was already humming around me. Now that I think about it, I wonder if Budapest ever sleeps. It’s quite possible it doesn’t, like all big cities.
However, during my ascent, things calmed down, and when I emerged in front of Matthias Church, I was completely alone. Quite a change from my first day! Up there, above the city, I was in a sanctuary.
Slowly, the sun made its way to the top. It first lit up a veil of clouds, then appeared above to engulf Budapest in its golden glow. I had moved to the side of the Palace, at the Funicular’s arrival. There I got some company: first a Blackbird (Turdus merula), then a Great tit (Parus major) and a Hooded crow (Corvus cornix). Finally, two young tourists arrived and started taking pictures. “Too late, I thought, way too late”.
I also knew it was time for me to leave.
I walked along the other edge of the Castle Hill, the one that overlooks Buda, then left by the gate I had arrived from, Bécsi kapu (the Vienna gate).
Previously in my Hungarian series:
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