I can’t believe we’re already into April! It feels like the last month just flew by. Spring (and winter) finally arrived in Budapest with chilly and wet weather throughout the month. However, overall, it has been a great month. I’ve made good headway with some business projects and have even managed to book a trip to one of my “must-visit” destinations.
I’ve developed an almost daily habit of listening to my Hungarian lessons and other podcasts. My current favourites are Quirks & Quarks (the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine), Sword & Scale (a true crime podcast), and the Global News Podcast from the BBC.
March also meant our first delivery from Amazon Germany. That order included the first 3 books from the Norwegian thriller series by Jo Nesbo – so good! I also played (just a little bit of) Far Cry 5. Thanks to our friends, Feather and the Wind, for loaning us their PlayStation while they travel around Mexico. If you haven’t seen their gorgeous videos, filmed in both popular and remote locations in Mexico, you must watch them on YouTube here.
This month we confirmed our first visitors of the year. Starting in May and spreading out until July, we’ll have family and friends coming to enjoy this incredible city. For some guests, it will be the first time in the city, so it will be fun to visit some of the most touristy places that we have already started to ignore.
2. The Spring Festival
Starting at the end of March and continuing until April 22 is the 38th Budapest Spring Festival. This festival includes food, drink and the arts. There are events in classical music, opera, jazz, world music, dance, contemporary circus, theatre and the visual arts. Venues are littered throughout the city. There is definitely something for everyone at every age.
For the first time, Easter was a 3 day holiday here in Hungary. Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are all official holidays making this Easter a 4 day weekend. Unfortunately, for us much of it was rainy. However, we managed to have an excellent Easter Brunch at the Budapest Marriott with one of our new friends.
Leaving our friends and support network behind is one of the greatest challenges of an international relocation. However, it makes space for new fabulous people to enter our lives. Thanks to Shannon for sharing the day with us!
This past month we booked two trips. The first trip we booked is to the countryside of Hungary. We are going to a village called Balatongyörök. Balatongyörök is located on the north shore of Lake Balaton, not far from Keszthely. While there, we will also visit Lake Heviz. Lake Hévíz is the world’s largest biologically-active natural thermal lake. The lake is rich in sulphur and minerals and completely replenishes itself every 72 hours.
Our second trip is to the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal. Andrew has been missing palm trees and the ocean, so when a friend invited us to stay, we jumped at the chance. Unfortunately for Lucy, she will miss out on this trip. However, I’m sure she’ll enjoy her own mini-vacation here in Budapest with my Aunt.
5. The St. Patricks Day Gala Dinner
OMG was this night a blast! Hands-down one of the best events we’ve been to (or hosted). We enjoyed incredible entertainment and food all thanks to the Irish Hungarian Business Circle. If you want to see what I mean, watch our Vlog that features this amazing night.
Last month was definitely wintery, but April has brought the warm weather. Today it will be 19 degrees out, so I’m going to end this here and get outside.
What are your spring travel plans? Any recommendations for more places I should visit here in Hungary this summer? Let me know in the comments below.
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