Blogs from Hungary, Europe - page 2


Europe » Hungary July 16th 2014

So I successfully made it to Budapest from Miami, on a 9 hour flight. I had an entire row of three seats to myself so I was happy about the leg room. Out of all the wedding guests Chris and Agi thought I was the least likely to get lost! I wanted to go to Nyekladhaza which is one side of Hungary and someone I asked for help thought I wanted to go to Nyreghaza which is on the other side of hungary! There was some mix up with getting to the right train station. I was meant to arrive at 5pm and I got there at 945 pm. On the positive side I managed to do an extensive tour of Hungary on the way. I feel like I prevented many other guests making the same ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Vác July 14th 2014

We're excited! It's our first work day at Erika's home in Veresegyház, a small town in Pest County. But first, we take a short drive north along the Danube River to check into the Liget Panzió (a family owned-and-operated B&B) in Sződliget, approximately 25 miles north of Budapest. The landscape is similar to Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, and we passed healthy corn and other crop fields. Gyuri, the owner of the Liget Panzió, welcomed us to our home-away-from-home for the week, and we quickly checked in to drop our bags and head southeast to Veresegyház. We were warmly welcomed at the job site by Tamas (assistant construction supervisor), Erika's family and Johnnie the family dog. After a discussion of our project, Tamas gave us excellent safety training for using ladders, tools and scaffolding around the ... read more
Tamas Demonstrates for Lissa and Ruth
Dennis and Keith
Brian and Ruth

Europe » Hungary » Southern Great Plain July 14th 2014

Morahalom is a very small town in southern Hungary, population of about 5,000 and less than 10 kilometres from the Serbian border. It's a long way to come for some R n R! We are in Morahalom to meet up with our friend Csaba from home. Morahalom is Csaba's home town and we were very fortunate to stay at his brother's BnB - Petya Vendeghaz. Csaba is visiting his parents for a few weeks and also escaping the Canberra winter. For my readers the name Csaba is loosely pronounced 'Chubba' or 'Chobba'. As a young university graduate Csaba moved from Hungary to Canberra a little over 10 years ago and met George soon after. I first met Csaba when I started working at Centrelink when he was a young cute Hungarian boy with a funny accent....he ... read more
Mrs Kispeter and her rooster
Bike ride in Morahalom
Morning Palinka

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest July 13th 2014

Our team had a delightful day touring Budapest. We started our day with a delicious breakfast at the Star Inn Hotel, followed by devotions and a team meeting. We boarded a private bus at 9:00 a.m. with Ference Joo, our personal tour guide of Buda and Pest for the next 3 hours. Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary, and one of the largest cities in the European Union, with just shy of 2 million residents. Budapest began as a Celtic settlement before 1 AD and has a rich history. Their first settlement was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241–42, and the re-established town became one of the Renaissance culture centers in the 15th century. After nearly 150 years of Ottoman rule, the region entered a new age of prosperity in the 18th and ... read more
Famous Thermal Bath
Beetle Mania
Fishermen's Bastion

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest July 12th 2014

Szia! Hello! Everyone on our Thrivent Builds Worldwide team has arrived safely in Budapest! Egészségedre! Cheers to you, our faithful followers! There are 271 people reading our blog and sharing in our Hungarian adventures this week. We appreciate your prayers for good health, good weather, good camaraderie, good food, good travels and good work! After checking into our rooms, we held our first team meeting in the hotel courtyard with introductions and a welcome orientation with Renata Scheili, our host coordinator with Habitat for Humanity Hungary. We took a short walk to Trófea Grill Étterem to dine on delicious Hungarian cuisine for dinner. We're from all over the U.S. and already learning much about each other. A good night's sleep will help us recover from jetlag. If you've experienced it, you know what it is. If ... read more
Hungarian Dinner
Trofea Grill Etterem
Abby and Robert


Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary July 12th 2014

Vi var veldig usikker på om skulle hoppe av i Györ eller ikke, fordi det regnet, men vi fant ut at vi måtte se litt småsteder også (+ vi hadde skrevet på interrail-billetten at vi skulle av i Györ), så vi hoppet av. Desverre hadde de ikke bagasjeskap på togstasjonen og måtte derfor ta sekkene med oss. Selvom det regnet litt var det en koselig liten by. På vei inn til sentrum så vi et lite sightseeing-tog, men selvfølgelig visste vi ikke hvor det stoppet, så vi gikk (små jogget) etter toget i Györs gater, helt til en dame pekte oss i retning av hvor det stoppet. På turen fikk vi en fin oversikt over byen og severdigheten, det var veldig koselig. Etter det skulle gå og spise... Og vi failet totalt. Vi gikk inn på ... read more
Spiser hus og trær i Budapest
Synnøve balanserer parlamentet

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest July 3rd 2014

Arriving in Budapest we discovered the currency is worth very little compared to gbp and so got out 25000 Hungarian forints (approx £60). After finding a McDonald's (free wifi, not food) we managed to book ourselves a room in hotel bed and roses. The public transport system was easy to use and we found our way to our hotel located behind the opera house very quickly compared to some of our other hotels! The woman who ran the hotel was incredibly smiley and really friendly. We had a nice clean room with a cool painting on the wall showing the hotel and how far each of the main attractions are from it. Definitely a step up on some of the hostels we have stayed in. Not to mention it being dirt cheap! We had our own ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 29th 2014

I've been slacking on blog posts, but I promise I will catch up eventually. Tomorrow I embark on what will probably be the biggest adventure of my life. I bought a Eurail Global Pass for 2 months that essentially gives me unlimited access to trains in 27 different countries for two months. I am starting in Rome and moving on from there. There is no plan. I am alone. I have never been more excited for anything in my life. I am couchsurfing as much as I can. It's a great way to meet people, see the local sides of cities, and save money. I have a couchsurfer lined up for Rome and then another afterwards in a small town in Italy called Terni. My mom and Darcy are going to be getting all of my ... read more

Europe » Hungary June 17th 2014

Kepek Blanka szuleteserol, szeretettel a csaladnak.... read more

Europe » Hungary » Southern Transdanubia » Pécs June 1st 2014

Heute habe ich mir Pecs angesehen. Beginnend mit dem Vasarely Museum zu diesem Op-Art-Kuenstler. Dann weiter zum Dom. Danach die fruehchristlichen Graeber in dessen Umgebung. Anschliessend zur Hassan Jakovali Moschee, der einzigen erhaltenen dieser Art mit Minarett in Pecs. Dann entlang der Ferencesek utcaja, der wichtigsten Fussgaengerzone in Pecs. Und danach zum Kossuth ter-Platz mit der Synagoge und dem Rathaus. Morgen moechte ich ins zweite Land meiner Reise fahren: in die kroatische Hauptstadt Zagreb. Der einzige akzeptable Zug faehrt um etwa 16:00 hier ab und kommt nach 20:00 dort an. Ich bin weder ein Freund von derart spaeten Abfahrten, weil mich das zu einem Late-Checkout oder dem Herumlaufen oder Warten in der Start bis zur Abfahrt zwingt, noch von derart spaeten Ankuenften. Wenigstens liegt mein erstes Hotel in Zagreb in der Naehe des Bahnhofs. Ein paar ... read more
Roemischer Sarg in der gleichen Anlage.
Reste der fruechristlichen Kapelle
Weiteres fruehchristliches Grab hinter Glas

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