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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda September 2nd 2013

Oh snap. Blogging from the other side of the river. I've decided to do another list because I think more people are willing to read it, and then I can get work done instead of blogging for the next two hours. (Sorry if you're not a fan. Let me know, and I might switch back to the super long entries). 1. Yes. I have a flat. So awesome and great and sweet. 2. It used to be owned by an old lady. Old blankets and weird trinkets EVERYWHERE. Also, wine corks all up in the drawers? 3. My toilet is the farthest thing away from the sink. Not sure who designed this flat. 4. I spent Saturday waltzing around Budapest with my new Australian friend Scott. And by waltzing, I mean walking the entire city. I ... read more
Chain Bridge
Parliament
Me and Parliament!

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest September 1st 2013

Oli rento aamu: ei kiiretta mihinkaan. Soin aamupalan samassa poydassa hollantilaisen pariskunnan kanssa. Heidan poikansa oli tullut opiskelemaan Budapestiin ja he olivat tuoneet autolla hanen tavaroitaan. Vaihdoin rahaa metroaseman valuutanvaihtopisteessa, ja se olikin paras kurssi, mita tana paivana nain: rautatieasemalla oli esimerkiksi paljon huonompi. Jouduin hetken etsimaan oikeaa paikkaa josta ostin vuorokauden lipun paikallisliikenteeseen. Menin metrolla rautatieasemalle - yksi vaihto. Siella pitikin jonottaa puolisen tuntia (vuoronumerolla), ennen kuin sai ostettua junalipun Bratislavaan. Lisaksi lippu on avoin, eli kay kuukauden aikana mihin tahansa junaan. Ajelin ratikoilla pitkin kaupunkia, ensin poikkesin kahvilla, sitten joen yli. Olisin mennyt jokiristeilylle, mutta vuorokauden lippu ei kaynytkaan siella - paitsi ilmeisesti kavisi arkipaivisin. Menin koysiradalla Bud... read more
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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest August 31st 2013

Ryanairin lento lahti 3 tuntia myohassa, mika on tosi harvinaista. Pirkkalan kentalla tuli sitten juotua kallista olutta. Budapestissa kerkesin viimeiseen kaupunkibussiin, joka vei hotellin lahelle. Oli oma haasteensa loytaa reitti pysakilta metroaseman lapi hotelliin. On mukavan lamminta. Ruokaa ei saanut enaa mistaan lahettyvilta. Onneksi soin kotona. Kavin katsomassa lahibaaria, jossa olisi ollut aiemmin ruokaa. Matkatavaraa tuli tosiaan mukaan vain 5,7 kg ja siinakin oli runsaasti Suomen ja Viron eurokolikoita. En halunnut ensinnakaan maksaa Ryanairilla 60 euroa ruumatavarasta. Lisaksi perilla on helpompaa liikkua vahalla matkatavaralla.... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest August 29th 2013

1. I have an apartment! Well, I might. Apparently it's being cleaned today and hopefully I get to move in tomorrow. I'll update when it actually happens. But supposedly it's on the Buda side near a huge square, which makes a pretty easy commute to work. 2. I'm teaching first grade plus second grade music and PE. Again, supposedly. The schedule is STILL not finalized. 3. There are really cool fruits and vegetables in Hungary. I don't remember the names of them, but one is like a small oval plum that's super sweet, and the other is indescribable but tastes like a mix between cauliflower and cabbage in that it's sweet but has a nice little spice at the end. SO GOOD. Shopkeepers are nice and let me, Tiffany, and Daniel try them for free. 4. ... read more
SO MUCH PRODUCE
There were like 5 of these.
What even are these?

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest August 28th 2013

Language is a very very small form of culture shock. When going to a place like Hungary, one might expect the language to be different. Most people speak a bit of English, so communicating in Hunglish in shops and restaurants is easy to do. I'm still trying to pick up on Hungarian, but wow is it a hard language. While those short conversations are easy to communicate, it becomes a bit of a problem when you try to talk about your job, contract, and housing and no one can seem to understand you. Culture shock is expected, but it is still quite shocking. In these past two days, all at once, I have felt shocked, overwhelmed, and stressed. It has made me realize just how foreign this country is to me. That's the preface. Here's the ... read more
A...museum?
The restaurant
Darcy, Kate, and me

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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda August 24th 2013

Oh boy. Let me start with yesterday I guess. We woke up at 9 am to enjoy a free day of exploring the city. We got a nice simple breakfast of granola and muesli in the hostel kitchen, and then made plans. Some girls had bought tickets for a Hop On Hop Off tour that cost about $20 and shows you all of Budapest. My roommates and I decided to do a day of being tourists, but as of yesterday morning, I still had no forints. My friend Kate and I (there are 2 other Kate's here) walked down to the bank and successfully got forints out of the bank! Armed with 75,000 HUF in my pocket (it's 225 HUF to $1 here, so 1000 HUF is about $4), I walked back to the hostel and ... read more
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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest August 22nd 2013

I'm here! I made it! I'm alive, Mom! My flights were super uneventful, so I'll skip over those. We took off, flew a lot, landed, blah blah blah. On the flight to Hungary, I was super nervous about customs, because I have a work permit, but I don't have a visa. I didn't know whether to declare myself here for work or tourism. This was the reality of customs: get in line, give man passport, man stamps passport, get luggage, walk through empty 'nothing to declare' room, you're in Hungary!! I met Hajni with her CETP sign, and went from there. The reality of my trip really only hit me at the end of my second flight as we were flying over all of this beautiful farmland. It was the best. I met up with 3 ... read more
View from the Hostel
Common room
First sunset

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 18th 2013

The number one hero is Stephen (Ishtvan) who was the first crowned King of Hungary in the year 1000. After his death he was even sanctified by the then pope Sylvester II. The biggest national holiday is St. Stephen's Day which is on 20th August. One day after we leave :( It seems the main feature of the celebrations are the fireworks over the Danube. Many shops and other businesses are also closed on and around this date so it may be just as well that we will not be here. The many heroes and rulers of Hungary appear as statues in Heroes' Square which is a huge square that was built in 1896. This year marked the 1000th year anniversary of the Magyar conquest. The heroes stand between colonnades and there is also a 36-metre ... read more
Interior dome
Chicken Gulyas (Goulash)
Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 14th 2013

Budapest... We didn't came to Budapest to the aiport, so I can't help you to get to the city from there... You came from Bratislava, the flight was way cheaper, and the bus was just 10€ for the round trip. I recommend you to do that if like us you're student for exemple ;) You'll find a lot of shops there, especially underground in the underground way to cross roads. But not so much supermarkets. You can have lunch or dinner for not so much, like 3€ in a chinese or turc restaurant. But, local plates are way more expensive. Local wines and alcoohol are cheap, I recommend you to taste the white wine, very good ! There is a park just after the first bridge, very nice, going into the forest, very natural and pleasant ... read more
Budapest train station
Decorated street
Decorated building

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 11th 2013

Umm.... did you know that Budapest is so beautiful?? I didn't. I so didn't. Having lived and travelled in Europe over the years, I had heard of many beautiful worth-visiting places, and many have not lived up to the reputation. And then, I went to Budapest, Hungary. Quite on a whim, invited by a friend and fuelled by the realisation that I had not taken anywhere near sufficient self-time over the past year I jumped aboard an easyjet flight with hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Forint in my pocket (the currency is crazy) and landed at something like 2am. That was poor planning on my part but the following morning (okay so it was more like midday) I awoke to one of the prettiest cities I've ever seen. I mean it's just lovely. I'm not normally ... read more
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