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Eger, Hungary

I was only in Eger for a day so didn’t get time to see everything. Here is a little snapshot of the ‘city’ (it’s called a city but it feels like a town).

Debrecen, Hungary – In Pictures

Ceylon tea at Carpe Diem Tea House on Batthyány Street

Ceylon tea at Carpe Diem Tea House on Batthyány Street

Snow falls in all its beauty

Snow falls in all its beauty

Christmas market in the city centre

Christmas market in the city centre

Christmas market in the city centre

Christmas market in the city centre

A tram passes through the Christmas market all lit up

A tram passes through the Christmas market all lit up

German style burger and hot-dog at the Christmas market

German style burger and hot-dog at the Christmas market

The Northern Great Plain, part of the Great Hungarian Plain

The Northern Great Plain, part of the Great Hungarian Plain

Nagypiac (Big Market) hosting many fresh fruit and veg stalls as well as butchers and fishmongers

Nagypiac (Big Market) hosting many fresh fruit and veg stalls as well as butchers and fishmongers

Left: Road, Middle: Cycle path, Right: Footpath

Left: Road, Middle: Cycle path, Right: Footpath

Békás-tó (Frog Lake)

Békás-tó (Frog Lake)

Nagytemplom (Great Church) The Great Calvinist Church of Debrecen

Nagytemplom (Great Church) The Great Calvinist Church of Debrecen

Nagyerdő (Big Forest)

Nagyerdő (Big Forest)

University of Debrecen (UNIDEB) main building

University of Debrecen (UNIDEB) main building

2013 Flower Festival - Held in August, annually

2013 Flower Festival – Held in August, annually

Hungary to Turkey (and back) – Without flying

As a non-flyer I’m always getting trains and buses but reliable information is often hard to come by, this information is 2014.Turkish Hungarian flag

Budapest to Istanbul (train)

Budapest to Belgrade (€15) Mav-Start 8 hours
There is a wait in Belgrade for the connecting train of about 15 hours, if you’re not in a hurry it’s a great opportunity to explore Belgrade (often written as Beograd) the kalemegdan (fortress) is especially worth visiting.
Belgrade has a left luggage option which can be found just round the corner by the bus station.

Belgrade to Sofia (€20) Serbian Railways sleeper/couchette 10 hours
There is also a wait here for the connection this time of 11 hours and while this is also an opportunity to explore Sofia (often written as Sofya) it is not as beautiful or interesting as Belgrade. Papaya offers good value breakfasts which can be found on the main road Maria Luiza Boulevard (it connect the train station to the city centre).
There is also a left luggage option at the train station. Ignore anyone approaching you to offer you ‘information’ and showing you a badge, they are scammers.

Sofia to Istanbul (€20) BDZ sleeper/couchette 13 hours

Bursa to Budapest (bus)

Bursa to Sofia (€30) Metro Turizm 13 hours

Sofia to Budapest (€48) Eurolines/Kapat-C 12 hours

World Happiness Report 2013

world-happiness-newsAnother report out today, this one on happiness, the World Happiness Report is produced by the UN.

Once again European nations dominate with 8 out of the top 10:

1) Denmark
2) Norway
3) Switzerland
4) Netherlands
5) Sweden
6) Canada
7) Finland
8) Austria
9) Iceland
10) Australia

Other nations of note (either because I have lived there, written about them or are of international significance):

17) USA
22) UK
25) France
26) Germany
43) Japan
68) Russia
77) Turkey
93) China
110) Hungary

No real surprises as usual other than to say that I am a little surprised that Hungary is as low as 110th.