Once Imagined Hungarian Tradition Now Brought to Life

Since relocating to Budapest from Boston last January, family, friends and natives have spoken about the ancient Hungarian tradition of the annual pig-sticking (disznóvágás). This folk custom originated in the early 1600s. One can partake in this special activity from late autumn till the end of winter, roughly between November …

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Beyond Budapest – Further Adventure Awaits Outside The City!

When arriving to Hungary be sure to explore not only the unique and one of a kind capital, for there are several exceptional destinations to uncover not quite far from Budapest.  Take an excursion to Szentendre, a quaint and quiet riverside town originating from the 17th century where you can find a number of charming cafés, galleries, and museums. With a direct 40-minute train ride from Batthyány Square, this is a very …

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LGBT History Month in Hungary – February 2 – March 2, 2018

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Originated in the USA in 1994, it provides role models, builds community, and puts emphasis on the community’s extraordinary national and international contributions. Regarding that last …

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“Life is not a bed of roses when you are African, black and a lesbian”

When Bandy Kiki, Cameroon’s most read blogger expressed her support for the LGBTQ community, she became the biggest enemy of her motherland. Now she lives in England where she fights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people of the African country, who still live in fear and comtempt. With …

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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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