Theme park food is generally thought of as being burgers, fries, and various other forms of fast food. That might be the case at most amusement parts around the world, but Walt Disney World likes to break the mould. I’ve had some of the best meals of my life on Disney property (and it’s even more incredible on Disney Cruise Line), much to the surprise of most people.
While Disney do provide the traditional fare of pizzas and hotdogs, they also have gormet restaurants where you can sit down after a busy day of meeting characters and going on rides. Some are in the parks themselves, and others are located in the 25 Disney resort hotels as well. With so much choice, it’s hard to know what’s amazing and what’s average. Here are my top five Disney table service restaurants – when you sit down and a server brings food to your table – to help you pick where you want to eat on your next trip.
Budapest is cheap, especially where accommodation is concerned. When we started looking for a suitable hostel, we quickly realised that we could afford a fairly decent hotel for only slightly more than the price of a hostel elsewhere. Result.
I really recommend the hotel we stayed in, which features a balcony that I could happily stand on, staring off into the distance, all day. Plus, Budapest has some very cool hostels, perfect for those who want to explore the ruin bars all night.
While my group of friends have been in and out of relationships, I prefer to sail along with single life and only put in time and effort when the right person comes along. So, as you might expect, I’ve been single for many a Valentine’s Day. Usually on February 14th around half of my closest friends are in relationships. In one horrific year at Uni, I was the only single person in our house of three couples. I felt like I was taking up much-needed space in the living room, and probably should have crept up to my room to watch TV instead.
But this year is going to be different. For the first time, all of my uni housemates are single along with me, so naturally we’re having a massive Galentine’s Day celebration.
I had heard so many great things about Budapest before I arrived at their beautiful central station after sitting on several trains for around 12 hours. I normally get a strong vibe from a city as soon as I get there, and while I liked Budapest, we didn’t seem to click. Don’t get me wrong; there are so many amazing parts of this city, and some of the architecture is among the most striking I have ever seen. And yet, I didn’t quite fall in love.
Maybe it was the heat. Like most Brits, I am highly adapted to a diet of rain, cloud and wind. Stifling 30 degree heat and walking around all day leaves me exhausted. Or maybe it had something to do with the bizarre taxi driver who told Beth he was going to sell her passport to the mafia and charged us a small fortune for the journey to our hotel from the station.
There is one part of Budapest that I am irrevocably in love with, though. To have a parliament building as incredibly opulent as Hungary’s is a bit of a privilege. It is by far the most striking government building I have ever seen. I could literally stand and stare at it all day, taking in the gorgeous colour of the domes and Gothic revival spires. At night, it glows across the river, full of majestic mystery. If you need one reason to visit Budapest, make it to see this building. I think I’m a little bit in love.
At every single stage of life we have a different type of pressure on us. At uni, it was that we had to be with the best friends having the best times constantly. I thought that would lift when I graduated, and it has, but it’s been replaced with the massive pressure to make something of my life. Right now, that means a graduate should get the best possible job with lots of responsibility and hopes of promotion while being able to support yourself away from home for the first time in your life. Somehow, I’ve actually managed to achieve most of that and honestly, living completely without handouts from your family or the government in the form of student loans is incredibly empowering.
But what isn’t empowering is the thought that now that I’m working, like many of my just-graduated friends, we’ll be working until we’re easily getting towards our 70s. My friend Jess just got a letter to confirm that she had started a pension. She’ll be able to start receiving the money in 2060. That’s over fourty years of five weeks holiday per year and living for the weekends. A job might be the ultimate success on the surface, but we can’t seem to handle it straight after the freedom of University. A stable job at 21-years-old is not what my circle of friends seem to strive for. We want to get out when we’ve barely even gotten in.
That’s why so many of us want to travel long, far and soon. We are a generation who refuses to be tied down by work, homes or anything else. We want freedom. I’m not sure where I want to go, but I’ve had a look around and here are some places that will appeal to a lot of wanderlust-filled recent grads.