Matt and I have just got back from a trip to Prague, Vienna and Budapest to celebrate our five year anniversary. We’d seen each other around university, but we actually met properly on a field course in Spain. I had big fall out with a friend and Matt stood by me, and has done ever since. We became ‘official’ in a queue to a nightclub in Leeds, when a guy in front of us asked us what our deal was – and we kinda decided we probably were a couple. That was the 19th April 2012, just as I was coming towards the end of my second year of university.
On our anniversary, we flew out to Prague. Matt and I love absorbing the history and culture of a place when we’re there, and a big part of that for us is the food. In Prague, I booked a food tour through Viator – Prague Food and Culture Tour with Local Foodies. It wasn’t cheap, but it was worth every penny. We got on brilliantly with our guide, Tomas; he spoke perfect English and we could have a really good laugh with him. He was clearly very passionate about good quality food and we got a real insight into what he liked, as a Czech man living in Prague. He told us a lot about the history of Prague, as well, which was clearly another passion of his.
In Vienna, our local food tour around the Naschmarkt was cancelled, but I did manage to hunt out a including a delicatessen where I got some Austrian ham and sausages. The young lady working there was incredibly helpful and suggested the ham and sausages to me. The sausages were mangalica (a woolly pig) and were very tasty; the ham, which I cannot remember the name of, was of a similiar texture to pancetta, but with much more depth of flavour. We were so busy in Vienna, cramming in all the sightseeing into two days, that we actually just ended eating up sausages on both evenings!
We booked a food tour in Budapest, again through Viator – Budapest Food Walking Tour. Less expensive than the one in Prague, but still not cheap, but, again, worth every penny. Monika was our guide and she was the most genuine, kind, warm, friendly woman!