Today an interview with Judith Klein, Spotter for our Budapest cityblog.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’ve been living in Budapest for the past 10 years, and I suppose I have always been an informal ‘Spotter’ because they city has so much to offer, and much of it will be missed if you’re not on foot- it is amazing what you can discover just walking around and keeping your eyes open.
How do you like being a Spotter?
It’s great being a Spotter, because it challenges you to look for things that are outside what is written up in the ubiquitous tourist guides. But the best thing about being a Spotter is getting to talk to people you might otherwise never have met- it also gives you the opportunity to find the best things about a city and bring out all of the positive sides that sometimes get neglected.
Judging by the ever increasing number of visitors, it seems that the secret is out- Budapest is a magnificent city! Located in the heart of Europe, it’s easy to get to from almost anywhere, and there is so much to discover, especially off the beaten path. Checking out what’s on offer at some of the smaller museums and galleries is often a surprise, and the many baths are heaven, both in summer and in winter.
Can you describe a perfect day in your city?
An afternoon at the Szechenyi baths, followed by a satisfying dinner at a small, cozy restaurant like ‘M’ is a very nice way to spend a relaxing day. This is especially true if one stays away from the many ‘tourist trap’ bars and restaurants scattered around the center and delve into some of the more real Budapest neighborhoods.
What do you know about Budapest what no tourist will know?
Hungarians can seem unfriendly, sometimes because they can’t communicate in anything other than their very difficult language, but if you approach people with a smile and a positive attitude, those frowns often turn into smiles- I try to get this to happen all the time!
Check out all Judith Klein’s articles and the other interviews with our Spotters.