2017 is flying by and although this post is a little late, it’s better late than never! Here is a monthly recap on February 2017 and a look ahead to March…
While a weekend relaxing at home is always nice, but sometimes I just can’t resist a quick trip to Budapest. Whether it’s exploring new areas of the city or enjoying a different restaurant, Budapest is always a great adventure.
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
My international trip of the month was to Andorra and Spain, both new countries for me! While I was originally planning on spending the entire weekend in Barcelona, I couldn’t resist fitting in a day trip to a new country. Getting to Andorra was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and Andorra la Vella was an amazing city to explore.
While the weather in Barcelona was disappointing, the city was still extremely beautiful and very fun to explore. I hope to go back to Barcelona when the weather is nicer, and spend some time at the beach!
The third weekend of February there was a palacsinta festival here in my very own Hungarian city, Kecskemét. Palacsinta is what we best know as crêpes, but the translation often comes to “pancakes”. This was the first time this festival was held here, so the line for palacsinta was a bit chaotic (it took 2 to 3 hours to get even 1 palacsinta) but the stands with food and drinks, as well as the stage with singers and dancers, made the festival well worth the wait.
One of the most thrilling experiences I have had in Hungary was the Busójárás Festival in Mohács. This annual festival includes the local men dressing up as scary devil-looking creatures in attempt to literally scare away the end of winter (or the Ottoman Turks, depending on which story you prefer). The “busós” look a bit scary, and they enjoy chasing after you, but it’s all in good fun. The girls and women involved are dressed in tradition Hungarian clothing, typically also masked. This remarkable festival is recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage event. If you happen to be in Hungary towards the end of Hungary, this festival is one that truly cannot be missed.
We stayed in the nearby large city of Pécs, Hungary and got to explore this stunning city the next day. Pécs was by far one of the most beautiful Hungarian cities I have seen. If you are looking for a big city to visit besides Budapest, Pécs would be a great choice.
February was an incredible month in so many ways; winter began to melt away and the sun finally showed its face again. I got to see two new countries and experience an incredibly fascinating part of Hungarian culture. March 2017 has been a great month as well, and there is still time left to make the most of the month!
Looking forward to March 2017…
(St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin)
Article by Megan K. Lethbridge
March 22nd, 2017