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Jo napot kivanok!

Dear blog reader,

It’s already December and I’m about to finish my Erasmus- exchange here in Budapest – city of rock ‘n’ roll as we echange students are used to say.

By my point of view, my exchange began at fancy cruise on river Danube. I saw there all of the student who had came here for a semester or a whole year to study hospitality and commerce and create network all around Europe and a world.

At Cruise we got valuable information about cources tailored for Erasmus- students, like Hungarian language and history. Because I would like to know as much as I can about new country I’m living at next semester, I chose them both.

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After two week of studying we got possibility to join for business simulator at Tatabanya, located about 80 km from Budapest. By simulating process, we got to know, whatkind is to run a bisuness. How much one can produce with a certain amount of machines, how much have to invest for marketing and how to be aware with competitors. After simulation we had to write a report, where we told motivators for our decisions in certain occasions.

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After simulation week we begun with everyday work at BGF. My major is Hospitality Management and catering industry, but here I chose some lectures about Accounting and Finance, because I think those subjects may help me in my future career. Accounting is quite complicated sometimes, but I have found Finance easy. The most interesthing subject is Human Resource Management. The lecturer has 40 years experience on it and he teaches very enthousiastically. I really enjoy to attend for his lectures!

Here at my school, a brand new tutoring program, BGF Buddies- took their place. They have arraged lots of programs, where we get city known. Buddies have helped me in every problem which I have faced during my stay. For example, they took me to doctor, when I needed it. Buddies are so enthousiastic and they want to know lots of people from various countries. I wish I could meet them again after exchange.

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Egeszegedre!

Sziasztok! Greetings from Budapest!

After few weeks of autumn rain the sun is shining again over the beautiful Budapest.WP_20150912_018

I have been here for one and a half month now and it’s been great, I wouldn’t change it for anything.

The people here are friendly and polite and very proud of their country, and they should be. The buildings, castles and churches are so beautiful that they still amaze me.

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Szent István Bazilika
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Szent István Bazilika

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vajdahunyad Castle
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Buda Castle

 

 

 

 

 

The Liberty Statue on the Gellért Hill commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary. The hill was definitely worth the climb. The view over the Danube and the city was breathtaking.

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The Liberty Statue and the view from Gellért Hill

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This city is so alive, there is always something happening, Chocolate Festival, Street Food Festival, Vine Festival etc. I can’t wait for the Budapest Christmas Market!

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Budapest Eye

 

 

Greetings from Budapest!

I had spent some wonderful days in Budapest, Hungary as an Erasmus exchange student with a major in Finance and Accountancy. In the night when I arrived at Budapest Airport, I was fully supported by Hungarian tutors with my luggages and accommodation stuff, which I truly appreciated. This reminded me of the activeness of my tutors in Tampere as well.
The nightlife here was the most memorable and breathtaking scenery I can imagine when come to Budapest, especially at the cathedral aside with the wine festivals and traditional cuisine. Budapest is definitely worth a trip and I will not regret trying this place!
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Exchange in Hungary

It’s definitely a unique experience I’ll cherish in my life. Thanks to the exchange, I can meet many nice people, try different delicious dishes, immerse myself in a strange culture & environment. I actually learn something about myself as well. I would highly recommend my friends to go out of there comfort zone to see the world!

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Autumn in Tokaji

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Make & try "Langos"
Make & try “Langos”
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Explaining about water electricity

Hello and farewell (soon) Budapest

Hello everyone.

My stay here in Budapest is coming to its end. I have my last exam tomorrow and then in a few short weeks I fly back to Finland.

During my stay I have learned to appreciate the similarities and differences in our cultures. Differences were noticeable from the beginning, the long streets, the hills, the traditions, Danube, the whole city, all full of wonders at first, but the similarities only became apparent as my stay grew longer and my fellow Erasmus students and locals became closer, and I fell into a comfortable familiarity. I think both are equally important, the similarities and the differences, although I think that when I return Finland will seem more foreign to me than my home here.

My stay here has been wonderful and I still have a few weeks to get the most out of Hungary, especially outside Budapest. I plan to spend my time well. In the meanwhile here are some photos, so you too can see the grandiose beauty of the city.

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What to do when in Budapest?

…I seriously don’t know what to answer. There are so many things to do and see all around the city. I had never visited Budapest before, so for the first week or so I was often left standing in awe my mouth half open. First the river and the Parliament at night lights, then in the warm sunlight, then realizing that almost every building here is beautiful and old and finally discovering how unique the famous ruin pubs actually are. There is nothing to do in Budapest-said no one ever. There’s a million cafés and restaurants, all sorts of festivals and parties and the parks and Margit Island are great for outdoor activities.

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Since the beginning, of course, I have also seen the everyday life and the problems of the city. Very few signs are in English, customer service is not always the best and many practical issues are more difficult to handle here. And of course ATM eating my card was an interesting challenge. But I think the city’s slightly decadent sides and the ruin of parts of it just makes it more exiting and interesting. It is awesome that there are trees growing in the middle of bars that have no roofs!

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Oh, and the school. Mostly things at BKF have been okay. Studying Hungarian is definitely very useful! Some of the other courses have not been quite my line of study, but it is interesting to see that there are different points of view to education, too. There are some ”Hungarian” aspects in dealing with things even in our school; if you need help, it is not a given that someone actually has the right answer. Despite the slight problems, in general the school has been pretty easy. For an Erasmus student the new friends you get of course make up a big part of enjoying school and life in general here.

 

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All in all, I think I will run out of time. And I also think everyone should take a weekend brake and visit Budapest!

Sziasztok!

Greetings from Budapest (more closely from Pest side, because River Danude separates this city as Buda and Pest sides)!

I started my exchange with surgical ward in Szent Imre Hospital, which is counted as one of the best hospitals in Budapest. Still and all, the hygiene and aseptic things were shocking for me. To be honest the first day was a nightmare! I scared to touch everything because the staff didn’t washed their hands, not to mention used disinfection. They contaminated everything! After few days I interviewed the staff and they told that they are aware of the problem but if the government doesn’t pay money enough or invest new machines and equipments, then nobody wants to follow the rules. It’s simple! It’s odd that almost everyone is wearing watches, rings and nail polish and no-one cares.

Me and my Finnish friend, Kiia in Zsent Imre Hospital.
Me and my Finnish friend, Kiia in Szent Imre Hospital.

While time passed by I got used to tolerate everything. I have only good memories from there, anyway. But I still wonder if that was good hospital what will be next! I heard that my following practice in maternity ward is going to be delayed because of some kind of epidemic. The hospital doesn’t admit any visitors or students. For now anything I can do is waiting. The invitation can come on the day before so I have to be ready at any time. Unfortunately, this everything-is-always-late procedure is common in Hungary.

I’m really happy because finally, I have started my Hungarian language course! It would have been more helpful earlier because nurses don’t speak English at all. Fortunately, there have been Hungarian surgeons and nurse students who have translated everything. Hungarian is guite hard to learn although it’s relative to Finnish.

Did you know that Rubik’s cube and ballpoint pen are Hungarian inventions? If yes, this may surprise you: one Hungarian man invented telephone exchange! The legend tells that the man called from U.S. to Hungary and said to the phone ”halló?” which means ”do you hear”. This hungarian short sentence is the mother of more common hello or haloo. Sounds crazy but it could be – who knows!

Ruinpubs have became stabled part of Hungarian nightlife. Every ’kert’ as ’garden’ has a unique style and atmosphere. It’s hard to find words to describe those so, I kindly recommend you to see and feel it. Hungary is full of history. If you like sightseeing, here is a few hints: Heroes square, Chainbridge, Buda Castle, Margaret Island, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Opera House, Houses of Parliament, Millenium metro.

Houses of Parliament by night.
Houses of Parliament by night.
Heroes’ Square.
Heroes’ Square.

Why did I choose Hungary as my exchange country? Answer is simple: I wanted something very different than Finland and have to say that I got it! So far, this has been broadening experience.

Viszlát!

-Nurse student, Laura

Szia from Budapest

“Szia” means hello and goodbye in Hungarian. That was one of the first words I learned when I arrived in Budapest along with “sör”, which means beer, and “egészségedre”, which means cheers! I actually have a Hungarian course, so I wish to learn more so that I can run errands in Hungarian. It is not an easy language to learn, I can tell you that much – even for us Finns who should learn Hungarian a bit easier than other nationalities.

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This month has gone by so fast that I am afraid that I will run out of time. There is so much to do in Budapest and I want to do it all! Honestly, there is something going on every day. Farm markets, thermal baths, outdoor events, bars, hanging out with friends… You really can not get bored in Budapest. We have already visited Széchenyi thermal baths, traveled to Vienna, been to an ice cream festival and tasted Hungarian national drink, Palinka.

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Budapest is definitely one of my favorite cities in whole Europe – you fall in love with the city the first time you see the lights of Budapest reflecting on Danube at night. Seriously. Not to mention all the parks and ruin pubs… Truly incredible. I would recommend Budapest to anyone.

 

Greetings from Budapest!

Riikka

Living in Budpest

Living in Budapest, Hungary has been pretty hectic. So much travelling and when you’re not travelling the city offers you so much to do. Something going on pretty much every night. Nice to have a refreshing 1l beer in Red ruin after hard day at the univeristy. No boring moment here.

Studying is as great as studying can be. Awesome erasmus friends make it tolerable.

Studying isn’t that hard as it is in Finland, but I think it rarely is in Erasmus. School starts usually around 9 or 10 and in average I have like 6h of lessons. But the Fridays are off so not as many lessons than in Finland. Teacher speak very good english (mostly) and seems like they know what they are doing. Relatively much lessons in a week but only like 1 exam in the end so I’m not complaining.

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Just kidding, im all for education.  And see how lovely the countryside is.

From Spas to Stars in Budapest

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Life in Budapest was a struggle for me, coming from a country where everything works and people are generally nice the jump to Hungary’s capital left me feeling empty.

The city is popular among many tourists, from Finland, Europe as well as other parts of the world and I can understand why. Budapest is full of history and has a lot to offer tourists with its wide array of museums, spas, restaurants, shops, monuments and what not. I’ve also visited Budapest before as a tourist and loved the city. Living there for me at least, offered a bitter return to the reality of a penniless student in a foreign country.

I studied at Budapest University of Applied Sciences, or BKF for short. Because I had already studied most of the business courses offered there in TAMK, I mostly studied communication and cultural studies. While taking courses in Hungarian language and the history and culture of Central Europe proved to be quite interesting and useful, I can not say I learned a lot from my communication courses. The level of teaching in this school was lower then what I am used to in TAMK, and school was at times even a little too easy.

Because of how easy school was, I had a lot of free time on my hands, and did some touristy stuff, like roaming the streets and doing “tourist walks” from my guidebook. I fell in love with the wide array of cafes and bakeries in Budapest, but because of some money complications (i paid rent to two countries) did not have too much money to enjoy all of these yummies. After trying around 5 Hungarian dishes and becoming sick after each time, I stuck to making my own.

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The city is beautiful especially around Christmas time, when there is a market around every corner, steaming hot mulled wine is served everywhere, chimney cakes are roasting in fires and little lights light up the streets. If you want to visit Budapest, then this is the time, even though it is also the time that prices skyrocket and the city fills with more tourists then it can carry.

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The Buda hill and castle are fantastic places to visit, especially if you want to see the whole city at once, and I climbed both.

The best thing about staying in Budapest though was how easy it is to travel around Europe, because of money I only had a chance to visit Slovakia and Serbia, but I’m glad I did (even if I had to eat porridge and eggs for 2 weeks). Serbia was beautiful and the ethical culture there is rich because of a mix of different nationalities. I wont say anything about Bratislava, because there are not a lot of positive things I have to say. But I’m still glad I went.

That’s all from me for now, have a lovely spring everybody!

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P.S. If you ever happen to visit Budapest, I highly recommend the lovely ruin pubs in the old Jewish quarter! There’s one for everyone’s taste!