It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time flies. The one year anniversary of living in Budapest has been and gone!
Not only have I been looking back over the last year of my life, but also how I feel this blog has become half a help guide to expats half an online diary or maybe even a rant.
I’ve learnt so much about myself in the last year, there are many things I would do differently and things I wouldn’t change.
My patience has grown a little, although I still have my days where I let the bureaucracy get me down.
I do not give up so easily, but there is room for improvement. As far as I’m concerned I’ve managed to live here a year so that is proof enough.
So if you are just moving to Budapest or Hungary in General here is my advise to making your way though your first year.
Getting to know the city!
Buy a pass and use the overground public transport as much as possible.
Walk around the city get to know its streets.
Download the bkv app. Absolute life saver when your lost, it has a map which uses gps only, shows you the closest stops and full timetable of all available public transport!
Get out and meet people!
Join all the Facebook and other expat communities listed on my “online friending” post.
A little goes a long way. When your more settled take classes. I can only recommend Babilon nyleviskola as it the only one I have attended, but there are many in and around the city.
Don’t let the bureaucracy get you down. Although at some times slow, the system does work in its own weird and wonderful way! To live here you have to learn to be laid back if your not already.
I wish you the best of luck! Contact me any time if you need help or advise!