Time really flies. It´s hard to believe that it is already my second month here in Budapest. The weather turned to be sunny and pleasant although some locals said this has been the warmest winter in their memories. Suits me well that the spring is on the doorstep and sunglasses have been needed already for a while. These warm days has given me a reason to enjoy terraces alongside of Danube where my university is located too.
I was kind of forced to come to Budapest since other TAMK´s partner universities didn´t offer that much of master level studies. But I don´t regret at all. I could even say that I felt in love with this city in the first sight. It has been super easy to relocate here. I can guarantee that it is easy to like this city. I really don´t wonder why Budapest has been voted as the best European destination 2019. Budapest has so much to offer. Just to mention that it is called as the city of spas. I already have visited in 4 spas and there is more to go.
Hungarian language is quite tricky like the name of my university which is Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem. It can be shortened as Elte. It is the biggest university in Hungary. I am studying at the Faculty of Social Sciences. I have attended the courses, such as, Advanced issues in human rights and Measuring wellbeing and social progress. I chose the following courses, Interculturalism in practice and Intercultural training courses from the Faculty of Education and Psychology. That faculty had a lot of other interesting courses as well which made study planning a bit complicated.
Budapest is nicely located in the middle of Europe. That offers great possibilities for traveling. So far, I have done a day trip to Vienna, Austria by car. It is somehow unbelievable that after driving couple of hours you can reach another country. During the spring break I´m traveling to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. In addition to this I thought to celebrate my birthday on May in Belgrad, Serbia. I´m into traveling but I also really enjoy meeting people. I´m glad that it has been easy to socialize and find people to hangout even I haven´t participate almost any of those Erasmus events. In the beginning of the semester I joined for Parliament house tour, Buda Castle & Basilica sightseeing and for welcome weekend which was held in the city of Eger. These events were organized by student union. I kind of felt been over aged in Erasmus crowd so later on I discovered other ways to socialize.
What else about Budapest?! There is plenty of nice cafes and restaurants which are reasonable prices. One of the most interesting and unique one was robot café where the drinks were served by robots. As a vegetarian, I have found several vegan and vegetarian restaurants which has made me happy although I was scared in advance that the situation wouldn´t be that good. I haven´t cook that much at home since I´m eager to eat out and try different things. I share a flat with a student from Bangladesh who is super nice. The flat feels home and it is centrally located but still without been middle of the buzzing city center.
I will be here for a one semester which started on beginning of February. Elte has spring break on April. After it the semester continues until mid of May which is start for an exam period. Luckily, I don´t have any exams. Most of my courses requires some essays, reflection papers or presentations. I already kept one presentation and two more to ahead. I attend to university 2 or 3 times per week which leaves me enough free time. Life feels good and can´t wait what this spring brings with it. Greetings from BP 😊