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Discover, celebrate & share Hungarian heritage!

Hungarian Living Liz Vos

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Discover, celebrate & share Hungarian heritage!

    Celebrating the Christmas Season with Hungarian Style Part 2

    Celebrating the Christmas Season with Hungarian Style Part 2

    Szaloncukor is a Hungarian candy that is wrapped in foil and can be hung on the Christmas tree. It is customary in Hungarian homes to hang these beautifully wrapped candies on the Christmas tree as a decoration. Traditionally,

    • 3 min
    Celebrating the Christmas Season with Hungarian Style Part 1

    Celebrating the Christmas Season with Hungarian Style Part 1

    December 6th is the name day of Miklós, and children especially love this day because for them it is Mikulás Nap. The Hungarian Santa, called Mikulás, visits children on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day.

    • 4 min
    Traveling to Hungary Part 8

    Traveling to Hungary Part 8

    Find other ways to minimize your daily routine. Do not bring along strongly scented perfumes or lotions. If you are traveling with a group of people, the chances are very high that someone will have a perfume allergy. But, even if they don’t, just remember YOUR favorite scent may not be someone else’s. And if everyone wears their favorite scent – oh boy. It just gets to be too much!

    • 4 min
    Traveling to Hungary Part 7

    Traveling to Hungary Part 7

    Episode 72



    This is part 7 of the icipici series of Traveling to Hungary. Today we are going to talk just a bit about cell phones and cell phone plans.



    There are so many ways think about this that I am going to give you the questions you should be asking your cell phone provider before you go on a trip. They are the questions I ask each time I go overseas because these little international plans change quite frequently. They raise the prices, they give you more features, and sometimes I just get overwhelmed about all the options.



    The bottom line for me is I need to be sure I can make international calls if a participant on one of our tours has a problem. I know I can probably access wifi a little bit every day, but I don’t really want to check email or text people unless it is an absolute emergency. I want to be as present as possible on the tour with the people in the group and engaged in what we are doing for the day. I don’t get to Hungary very often and I want to enjoy every moment! When I am at a hotel and if I have some downtime and want to check in, I can even do that if I am on airplane mode.



    What do you need to do? Get to know your phone and get to know your plan. I have even printed out the instructions about how to do it in case I forget a step. Believe me, if you hit the wrong button while you are traveling, you can spend a lot of your data in a very short amount of time and not even know. Don’t count on others to know what is going on with your phone and your plan. You have to be the one who knows because you are the one who pays that bill. And it is no fun having surprises when it comes to a crazy international charge.



    Contact your cell phone provider and ask them about their international plans. Is it a daily rate? A monthly rate? Are there different data options to choose from?



    Ask them about the countries you are visiting, including your layover country. And ask them to email you about the step by step instructions on how to make sure your phone is ready for an international trip. And bring along a copy of that when you travel to refresh your memory!



    One thing I do recommend is to download google maps to your phone if you are bringing one along so you don’t have to use data to look at a map. But be sure you understand how that works. When you are exploring, it is a good idea to have a little map with you—either a printed one or the one on your phone!



    Check out all our upcoming tours at Magyar Living and contact us at tours@magyarliving.com if you want to check out one of our Zoom sessions all about our tours to Hungary or Transylvania. We will have links to our tours and the ways to contact us in the show notes.



    We have one more tip coming up. Stay tuned.

    • 5 min
    Traveling to Hungary Part 6

    Traveling to Hungary Part 6

    EPISODE 71



    This is part 6 of the icipici series of Traveling to Hungary on the Hungarian Living Podcast.



    Some people have said to me “I don’t need a travel agent and I don’t need travel insurance.”  I will share my thoughts about this in this episode!



    Have you noticed? Even making your way across the USA by plane is a bit crazy these days.



    If you are skilled at making flight reservations and you have travel points you want to use, by all means, make your own reservations. But when it comes to flying, you have a few things to consider like:



    is a direct flight is available?



    How long is a reasonable layover?



    How do you plan to get to your hotel once you get off the flight?



    I recommend you arrive a day or two ahead of schedule if you are joining a tour. This gives you a moment to rest a recuperate from the flight and it builds in a little cushion in case your flight gets delayed.



    And trip/travel/tour insurance? Definitely look into it. In most cases, if you have a pre-existing condition, you need to purchase your insurance within 10 days or less of your flight or tour deposit, whichever happened first.



    When you buy travel insurance be sure you know what it covers! It will take a minute to sort through all of your options, but just remember, insurance is designed to give you piece of mind. And, if you plan on doing a bit of travel within a year, consider an annual plan.



    We recommend insurance because when we send the money over to Hungary and Transylvania for our deposits, in most cases they are non-refundable. That means we do not get any money back if you don’t show up. We cannot return what we don’t have. There is a time frame for cancellations on any tour you take so be sure to ask what those details are whether you are traveling with us or someone else.



    If you want to spend a day or two traveling to your ancestral village, contact me! We love helping people explore the regions where their parents, grandparents and great grandparents came from!



    Check out all our upcoming tours at MagyarLiving.com and contact us at tours@magyarliving.com if you want to check out one of our Zoom sessions all about our tours to Hungary or Transylvania.

    • 4 min
    Traveling to Hungary Part 5

    Traveling to Hungary Part 5

    Episode 70



    This is part 5 of the icipici series of Traveling to Hungary on the Hungarian Living Podcast.



    Some people have asked me, “Isn’t everything worth seeing in Hungary in Budapest? Is it necessary to go the countryside?”



    Budapest us an amazing city to visit. But, as I like to say, the magic is in the countryside. There is so much to see and do in Budapest you can explore and get along pretty well only knowing English. But, consider finding a way to get into the countryside. It will give you a much deeper appreciate for the country, as a whole. It’s true, Budapest is romantic and gorgeous and full of incredible history. But the countryside is full of people, my kind of people. The regular Joes who live and work and play in the villages and small towns. I think the villages resonate with me because that is where my ancestors came from. Maybe that is why I felt comfortable in small town Nebraska for so many years – it was in my genes!



    It does get a little more complicated setting up a travel plan outside of Budapest. But it is completely worth going.  If you love to plan the details of a trip, go for it! Some people love planning everything – vehicle rentals and hotels and all that. We have done it and it takes a lot of work. Actually, I should say my husband did it. But, he did consider everyone traveling (our four kids) and asked them each to come up with a few things that were important for them to see in this once in a lifetime (or so we thought) trip. Getting those who are joining you on the trip to chip in an idea or two is a good way to get them engaged in the processl



    The special places our kids picked out were put into the itinerary. But the memorable moments were from things that were unplanned or discovered along the way.



    This exact same thing has happened to us a time or two on our tours as well. We have a plan and then there is an adjustment in the plan.



    I have figured out that I don’t like to be in the nitty gritty details of the plans. I like coming up with the big picture and trusting the details will be covered by the person who loves that sort of thing. I like building in some flexibility so that adjustments can be made. But I am a person who can learn and have fun in many different situations, and I like to allow for spontaneity. A little down time is fine. A change in plans is to be expected. I like to have a rough sketch of a plan and then see what happens if I am traveling on my own. My husband likes to have a few more details fleshed out. Both approaches are completely valid and have their strong points.



    If nailing down the details and following up with them is too exhausting, you might be a candidate for one of our tours. We spend 2/3rds of our time in the countryside, exploring a region and getting to know what it has to offer. My tour partner and I work out all the details and you can relax and have all the fun.



    So, start thinking about how long you plan to be in Hungary. And then work back from there. If you only have three days, enjoy Budapest, but plan on a return trip when you can stay longer. My personal opinion is you should plan on at least 10 days in Hungary and even that isn’t enough time, but it is a great start. I think of it as a bit of a soak. It takes time to absorb the way of life. It takes time to get familiar with your surroundings – the language, the signs, the architecture, the history, the transportation options, and the culture. And you do need a lot of time to ponder the flavorful foods and beverages.  I don’t believe you do Hungary justice – or any country for that matter – when you run in and run out and say “CHECK it off my list, I’ve been there”. I think it is important to experience it a little. And, if you have family from Hungary, see if you can get close to where they lived. And, guess, what? We can help with that, too!



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