Things are never black and white – Interview with Erik Lund

With his love of Eurovision music and traditional salty candy, Erik is a pretty typical Swedish man; but as an expat, he is one of the unique few who actually took the time to learn at least a bit of our language – and he even wrote a song in Hungarian. Let’s get …

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Bringing Roma LGBTQI issues to light

A granted fellowship program awaits for people who want to make a change.     Roma LGBTQIA issues are still considered taboos and invisibility in several European countries and in the Balkan. The Community Youth Fellowships of the Open Society Foundations are opening a fellowship program encouraging people to implement …

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Love Beyond Borders – Romeos in long-distance relationships

Earlier this year, Planetromeo called out for entries from its millions of members to take part in the ‘Love Beyond Borders’ project. “We wanted to give some of our Romeos in long-distance relationships the opportunity to get together,” said Gui Bosselaers, Head of Marketing at Planetromeo. Three couples with their …

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‘Tis the Season

December is now upon us in Budapest and we have so much to look forward to and celebrate with 2017’s final weeks now in sight. This majestic city is preparing for the holidays and so are its citizens. Budapest has several offerings inside and outside to see, do and eat. One that combines …

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“The desire to return again and again” – Interview with Claudio Lopes

Born and raised in Braga, Claudio is a young college student. Although he misses some particular things from his Portuguese hometown, he really loves Budapest.  Let’s meet Claudio!   Where are you from?  I am from Braga which is the third largest city in Portugal.  In 2012 we were chosen as Europe’s capital of young people. The …

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My favorite foods in Hungary – Experience of an American guy

With November present, my favorite Hungarian dishes well-matched for usually chillier days are becoming quite appealing. Compotes, salads, stews and vegetable bakes await!   The first recipe is my most favorite: uborkasaláta (cucumber salad). With the mixture of paprika, black pepper and garlic powder to name a few ingredients, this side dish is …

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My first night here was magical – Interview with Lindsey Glass

Lindsey knew very little about Hungary before arriving, but her first night here was magical. Let’s meet Lindsey!  Where are you from?  I’m from Paxton, a small town in Massachusetts.  I have spent most of my life there. I went to high school and college in a nearby city. Growing up …

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Fun fall activities in Budapest

With mother nature shifting her seasons, Budapest is changing colors as well. This city has quite the “to do & see list” anytime throughout the year. One can simply take a stroll and discover something magical around almost every corner. Below I have collected my own ideal list of fun fall activities for the coming months.   The first one is a wonderful ruin café. Rengeteg RomKafé is located in …

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Favorite places to suggest to a visitor – Recommendations of an American guy

Since arriving to Budapest there have been several visitors to book the “Hotel Csaba” these past nine months: five Americans, one Canadian, three Germans, and one Irish. All women. I’ve shared with them the essences of the city. The tour frequently originates at the remarkable Heroes’ Square. There aren’t many …

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First impressions of a spontaneously magical city – The story of Csaba from Massachusetts

My initial impression when arriving to Hungary was that there’s Budapest and there’s the rest of the world. Since January 14th this viewpoint has yet to change, although, I am happy it hasn’t. The city has so much to offer each visitor on several budgets.    Thus far, the locals have …

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