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Traveling to Budapest
Budapest is the largest city in Hungary and also in Eastern Europe. This cultural and historic city serves as the capital city of Hungary, and also the main commercial and political centre of Hungary. The city itself has estimated area of 525 square kilometers and a population of about 1.7 million people. The city is partitioned by River Danube into two large areas; Buda and Pest Budapest is also divided into 23 districts, of which 16 are in Pest, 6 in Buda and 1 on Csepel Island.
The biggest population of people in Budapest are Hungarians, although Roma, Germans and Chinese are also common. Hungarian is the general language here, spoken by 99% of the population. However, English and German are fairly common. Results of a 2011 reported that 29% of the people identified as Roman Catholics, 23% said they were not religious and 0.5% said they were Jewish. However, Calvinists, Greek Catholics and Lutherans are also well represented in Budapest.
You can get directly to Budapest via plane through Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport, the Hungary’s largest airport, or via train through most of the major cities in Europe. For example it takes as little as 3 hours to arrive in Budapest from Vienna, as long as 16 hours from Bucharest. It is important to note that in some countries there are no direct flights to Budapest. For example as of February of 2012, following American airlines cancelling their Budapest flights, there are no direct flights from America to Budapest.
However, it is possible to connect flights from London, Paris, Germany and even Sweden. From the rest of the Hungarian cities and the neighboring countries, you can arrive in Budapest by bus, by bicycle and even by boat, as do many travelers from Vienna and Bratislava. For a stay that does not 90 exceed days, you can use a Schengen visa or a residence permit if you are a member of any of the Schengen states.
The best time to visit Budapest is between April and October, when temperatures are rather warm, although heavy rain is to be expected in May and June. Winter, between November and March, is characterized by cold temperature, irregular snowfall and slight or no sunshine.
The currency used in Budapest is the Hungarian Forints, although the Master card and Visa card are widely used and accepted. Banknotes are issued from 500 HUF to 20,000 HUF while coins range from 5 HUF to 200 HUF.
When traveling to Budapest, you should make plans to visit some of the city’s major attractions, among them the lovely museums and monuments in Castle District, St. Stephens Basilica, and the Great Synagogue in Dohany Street. Budapest has an abundance of tourist attractions in Buda, downtown Pest. This is where Castle Hill is located. To get here, you take a bus from Széll Kálmán. On castle Hill, expect to see the Royal Palace. This palace houses the Hungarian National Gallery, the Hungarian Central Library and marvelous statues and museums. Destroyed and rebuilt a total of 6 times, the royal palace was once home to Hungary’s nobility and royalty. It is believed that the castle was originally built in the 14 Century.
Also on Castle Hill is Matthias Church, a Roman Catholic Church that was built in the 1200’s. The church which has hosted many royal weddings, burials and coronation ceremonies has a 60-meter tower that is visible from almost all parts of Budapest. Also on Castle Hill is Fisherman’s Bastion, believed to have derived its name from its proximity to a medieval fish market. It is called Halászbástya in Hungarian, and consists of seven towers from which you can get an excellent view of the city, in particular a view of Pest and the Danube River.
St. Stephens Basilica is the main church in Budapest, and is located in Pest. It covers an area of 4147 square meters, and has a dome 96 meters tall. Construction of the cathedral began in 1851, and it currently houses a relic of St Stephen, his mummified hand, that has been preserved here since 1971. If you have a knack for adventure, you can climb over the chapel dome and have a spectacular view of the city
There are 21 synagogues in Budapest, but none is as large and as beautiful as the Great Synagogue in Dohany Street. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world with a capacity of over 3,000 people. The synagogue houses the Jewish Museum and the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park.
Parliament building is also a must see. Oozing with magnificence, the parliament building was constructed from 1885 to 1904, and now is home to the Hungarian Parliament, the Hungarian Saint Crown (the royal crown of Saint Stephen) and the Parliamentary Library. There are guided tours daily except on days when parliament is in session, with tours in English being held at 10, 12 and 2 o’clock every day. However, it is important to book your ticket in advance.
If you are the type that fancies having a quiet, relaxed time, then ensure that you add the Bottomless Lake to your must-see list when traveling to Budapest. The Bottomless Lake is a park in the eleventh district that boasts of a beautiful lake with exotic plants, marvelous promenades and playgrounds. You can take a walk, have some quiet time, have a picnic and even fish.
Where to Eat
Hungarian cuisine normally includes moderate amounts of paprika. When traveling to Budapest, you ought to try out local delicacies like töltött káposzta, paprikás, and gulyás. Töltött káposzta is cooked cabbage with meat and paprika sauce served with sour cream while paprikás refers to meat, either chicken or veil, cooked in paprika sauce. Gulyás is a dish that comprises of paprika, potatoes, and meat soup. The paprika used in Budapest is not the spicy or extremely hot variety. When eating out in restaurants, you should expect prices ranging from 1000 to 4000 HUF for a main course.
Although local cuisine revolves around meat and meat dishes, there are excellent restaurants for Vegans in Budapest. For example, Edeni Vegan, a cash-only restaurant in Buda, and Govinda which has two branches in Central Pest. Some of the most famous restaurant chains in Budapest include Gundel, Trofea Grill famous for its all-you-can-eat buffet and Wasabi that offers Japanese cuisine. Maligán in Lajos Utca is a wine restaurant with a wide array of Hungarian dishes and excellent service. It is also moderately priced. When in district II, you should eat out at Serpenyős Vendéglő, a beautiful, moderately priced restaurant with an outdoor section and a good collection of exotic Hungarian wines.
Where to Shop
The most expensive part of Budapest to shop is in Pest, particularly in Váci Utca. However it is laden with a large number of shops, offering Hungarian’s best in terms of souvenirs. Expect to find high end stores like Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Louis Vuitton in Andrássy Avenue and Mexx, Lacoste and Max Mara on Fashion Street in Deák Ferenc Utca. There are numerous shopping malls in Budapest, one of the biggest being the Europeum Shopping Centre. A 6000-square meter shopping mall in Blaha Lujza. In Buda, there is the four-storey Allee Shopping Centre that boasts of numerous designer and shoe stores, and even a Burger King.
Hungarian products that make the best souvenirs include porcelain (Herend and Zsolnay), wines, paprika and folk art. When leaving Hungary, you can reclaim VAT on purchases that you’ve made exceeding 50,000 HUF. However, this amount needs to be on one receipt. You need to fill out a receipt of purchase, a VAT receipt and a VAT reclaim form, and you will get your refund at the Airport (Ferihegy) or have it shipped to you.
Where to Have Fun
Budapest is really an exciting place to visit with lots of festivals and activities. For example in March, there is the Budapest Spring Festival that offers a wide array of cultural music and art. While in Budapest, you should also treat yourself to Budapest’s thermal waters. There are numerous baths promising nothing less than a unique experience. For example, Lukács Baths on Margaret Bridge in Buda has eight pools, with water temperatures ranging between 22 and 36C. Traditional public baths are more affordable, with a ticket to the largest spa in Europe, Széchenyi Spa set to cost you about 3,100 HUF. The price is inclusive of a rental locker. Széchenyi Spa has three outdoor pools. Most baths in Budapest will require you to wear a bathing suit. Anything from a bikini to a one piece suit will do. Overnight bath parties are becoming a norm in Budapest. Overnight baths are organized at Lukacs Bath and Szechenyi Bath all year and cost about 5500 HUF and 6000 HUF respectively.
Budapest has a bustling nightlife with an abundance of clubs, bars and pubs. Also unique to Budapest are ruin pubs, which as the name suggests are pubs built in abandoned buildings. They are common in Pest. One of the oldest Ruin pubs here is the Szlimpa Kert. It is open daily from noon to 3 am, with a farmers market on Sunday and occasional concerts. One of the most popular Ruin Pubs is Instant in Nagymező Utca of Distict VI in Pest. Instant has about four bars. In Pest, you will also find Boutiq Bar, a London style cocktail bar that boasts of Palinka cocktails, and a wide array of other seasonal and classic cocktails. It is open Tuesdays to Saturdays till late at night. You will need to make a reservation on Friday and Saturday night. Housed in a former garage is Kuplung in Pest, famous for its occasional live concerts, table tennis and football. It is also an excellent coffee house.
If you love dancing, then you ought to visit Ötkert and Doboz. Situated in downtown Budapest, in close proximity to the St. Stephen’s Basilica, Ötkert has a large dancing floor, and evening programs that include concerts and DJ sets. There is no entry fee. Some of the cheapest bars in Budapest include Cheho and Broadway Söröző near Nagymező Utca, and Monyó near the great market hall. Cheho has cheap beer offers and at Monyó, you will find that the bar stools have been substituted for swings.
Budapest has a number of alcohol restrictions. For example, clubs and bars are banned from serving alcohol to persons under the age of 18, and also seemingly drunk people. In many districts of Budapest, it is prohibited to sell alcohol between 10 pm and 6 am. It is also prohibited to drink alcohol in night time buses.
How to Get Around
For a tourist, you can get around Budapest using public transportation. Public transportation is managed by BKV, Budapest Transport Limited Company. There are 3 metros that connect the suburbs with central transport hubs and hotels, blue buses, yellow trams and red trolley buses. You can get public transport maps in tram shops, at the BKV office and in metro stations. Although it connects the most part of Budapest, public transport is not reliable and tickets are not cheap. For traveling at night, there are night buses that operate between 11 pm and 4 am.
Budapest has very heavy traffic, especially in the morning and late afternoon, so driving around is not ideal. It is best to keep away from taxis, as most tend to overcharge tourists, particularly those at the railway station and at the airport. You will find that most taxi drivers are also not well conversant with English and hence tend to use switchboards. To get around in Budapest, you can also use a bicycle, a skateboard or a scooter. Bicycles and scooters are not as widely embraced, but you are great for undertaking biking trips outside the city. Renting a bus will cost you as much as 3000 HUF a day, and a scooter 3600 HUF. You need a helmet when driving a scooter, and a license if the scooter has an engine greater than 50cc capacity. You can skateboard in Pest.
With a lot to see, a lot to do and a very youthful atmosphere, Budapest is one of the top travel destinations for every travel enthusiast.
Choosing the right Vancouver personal injury lawyer
Accident victims are usually so shaken up and scared after an accident; they do not know what to do and where to turn. If you have been badly hurt in an accident and are no longer able to work, the bills will begin to pile and you will also notice that insurance companies are very unwilling to pay. They will drag the process out for months and even years. If the accident was no fault of yours, you may want to consider taking legal actions against the neglectful party. After you have endured such an ordeal and have recovered from the shock and hurt of it all, you will need to find a Vancouver personal injury lawyer.
There are many personal injury lawyers that can be found in the Vancouver area; however, when searching for a lawyer, there are certain things that you must take into consideration. In order for your case to be dealt with appropriately and for you to get the most benefits possible, you must ensure that you choose, not only the best lawyer, you must also choose the right one. This means that you must choose a Vancouver personal injury lawyer and no other kind. Not all lawyers are the same and while they must all understand the basics of the law, a divorce lawyer or business lawyers are not equipped to handle injury cases.
Once you fully understand what a personal injury lawyer does, you must interview with more than one lawyer before hiring one for your case. All lawyers want your money and as such, they will tell you what you want to hear and lead you on. Before hiring a Vancouver personal injury lawyer, check out there background and ask about similar cases that they have covered in the past. A lawyer’s experience says a lot about them and the number of injury cases they have won or lost should be the major determining factor for you.
Hire and instate lawyer
Different states have different laws; therefore, it is essential that you hire a lawyer that studied law in your state or someone who is knowledgeable about your state’s law. This point is extremely important because injury law differ from state to state. The injuries that you receive will also play a major role in the overall legal proceeding, which means that it is essential that you hire a lawyer who has a proven track record and knows what he is doing.
Education isn’t all; choose a Vancouver personal injury lawyer that has experience
Anyone who has ever applied for an advertised job posting knows that employers always ask for one thing and that is experience. This should also be a major consideration when searching for an injury lawyer. All lawyers are educated; they must be in order for them to pass the bar. However, not all lawyers have anything to show or to go along with their education and in order for you to win your lawsuit and get the most from the offending party; you will need a lawyer who has more experience than education. But how do you know if a lawyer is truly experienced?
As was mentioned before, ask for a portfolio of cases they have done that are similar to yours. While you do not need to hire a lawyer with 40 years of experience, especially because they are very expensive, you need a lawyer who can show that they know what they are doing.
As you will come to realize, there are many Vancouver personal injury lawyers available for you to choose from; however, the lawyer you choose should be chosen because they are qualified and experienced at what they do, rather than because you saw them in a commercial.
Ten Things You would be surprised to know about Alan Kahn
Alan Khan is a media and radio personality well known to the people of South Africa. Despite having been a celebrity for so many years, there are many aspects to Alan Khan of which most people are unaware. Read on and find out ten really interesting things that you did not know about this amazing South African.
1. Alan Khan is South African born and bred
Alan Khan was born in Durban, South Africa on 17 December 1971. Having been born in Durban he schooled there and it was also, where he chose to start his career in radio. In the same way, Durban is where he elected to have his home when he got married as well as where his children go to school. Durban is as much a part of him as radio and media have been a part of his career.
2. Alan Khan was declared most eligible bachelor by Elle Magazine
South African magazine, Elle declared Alan Khan one of the most eligible bachelors in all of South Africa. This feature segment was part of their 1997 coverage. However, Alan broke many hopeful hearts when he got married to sociologist Dr. Mariam Seedat Khan two months after the issue ran. They have now been married for seventeen years and have two sons Ameer and Nasser. They live in Durban which is also where their children go to school.
3. He met his future wife on his talk show
When we say that radio is in Alan Khan’s blood, it is not just a mere exaggeration. His life has been influenced and shaped by radio far more than anyone can imagine. It is surprising to realize that Alan even meet his future sweetheart on a talk show he hosted on Capital Radio 406. Alan interviewed Dr. Mariam Seedat on his show ‘Capital Live’ and this as they say was the beginning of a very beautiful friendship.
4. Alan has interviewed the who is who of the world
Alan believes in the power of the radio as a platform for interaction and getting a message across the people. This belief has seen him get access to some of the world’s most prominent people so as to interview them. The list of global celebrities that Khan has had the chance to interview ranges from football coaches to presidents. Some of the names on that list are musical maestros such as Stevie Wonder and Janet Jackson, presidents such as Nelson Mandela and Sepp Blatter (FIFA); Religious leaders such as Reverend Jesse Jackson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as notable football coach Alex Ferguson.
5. He is involved in social activism
Alan Khan’s contribution to society is not just limited to being an influential media and radio persona. He is also involved in social activism. He is a board member of the South African Non-Governmental Organization, Women and Men against Child Abuse. This NGO was founded in 1997. It is committed to fighting for the protection and preservation of the rights of children as well as ending abuse of children in South Africa.
6. Alan is an accomplished awards judge
One of his most fascinating roles within the sphere of entertainment has been acting as a judge for award shows. He has been invited onto the judging panels of a number of important award shows on the South African entertainment scene. In April 2008, he was on the judges’ panel of the Tony Koenderman South African AD Review Awards. He has also been on the judges’ panel of three consecutive years for the MTN South African Radio Awards. He has been on this panel since 2012.
7. Alan Khan is a qualified chiropractor
There is a popular misconception among many people that getting onto radio means that you must have studied some journalism related course. While in many cases this holds true, there are those like Alan who started on a very different path. His first university degree at the Durban University of Technology was Chiropractic Medicine. He later decided to follow this with a degree in Journalism at the same university.
8. He is academically accomplished
Many people assume that talk show hosts have little use for academic qualifications. However, Alan has always believed in the power of education and embraced it wholly. He has gained a lifetime of educational qualifications that have even seen him awarded the Silver Tusk Award in 2006. This is an award given to members of the DUT alumni body for Outstanding Achievements. Apart from his chiropractic and journalism degrees at DUT, he has also completed an MDD at the Graduate School of Business at UKZN. He has achieved an EDP at Georgetown University in Washington DC which was done in collaboration with the National Broadcasters Corporation. Additionally, in 2008, he completed his Board Leadership Programme at GIBS UP.
9. He has ventured into other media
Khan’s interest in media is not just limited to radio, he has written for print media for a number of years. Between the years of 2001 and 2005 he wrote a sports opinion piece for POST Newspaper which is published in Durban. He was a weekly columnist for this paper in those four years and wrote on so many interesting sports related topics.
In the same vein, Alan has also branched into television hosting a number of shows on popular TV channels. He had a show covering power boating on Super Sports. He has also hosted the popular morning show ‘am2day’ on SABC. However, since taking over as the CEO of Jacaranda 94.2 FM he has chosen to focus on radio.
10. Alan Khan is a sports enthusiast
In case the fact that he wrote a sports opinion column in POST Newspaper of Durban was not a complete giveaway, Khan loves sports. He is an ardent supporter of Everton Football club which plays in the English Premier League. He also sits on the Transformation Committee of the Kwazulu Natal Rugby Union.
Phen375: Scam or the Real Deal?
You have probably heard of Phen375, the wonder weight loss pill, and you are probably wondering about its authenticity. Does it actually work or it another weight loss rip-off? In general, slim people have a higher metabolism, which makes it much harder for fat to accumulate on their bodies than plump people. This is to say that by increasing metabolism, one can control gaining surplus weight. Normally, plump people also tend to have a bigger appetite meaning at they have a higher intake of calories. An intake of unnecessary calories that is not burnt off, results in undesirable fat.
Phen375 or phentermine375 is a weight loss supplement designed to suppress one’s appetite. It is aimed at assisting fat loss and boosting one’s metabolism. It is manufactured by an FDA-approved, Texas-based company.
How It Works.
Phen375 contains a combination of L-Carnitine, LongJack Tongkat Root, Citrus Aurantium, Capsaicin and Caffeine. L-Carnitine helps the body burn calories faster as it prevents the body from storing fat and increases one’s capacity to work out. LongJack Tongkat Root is an ingredient responsible for controlling glucose levels. It stops glucose from being transformed into fat by aiding the conversion of glucose into energy. It also increases the hormones that build muscle in the body. Citrus Aurantium is a stimulant that increases one’s metabolism. It is a healthier substitute of Ephedra, and has been associated with weight loss in more than three studies. Capsaicin- 1.12 increases the temperature of the body resulting in increased fat loss as more calories are burnt. It increases blood flow in smaller vessels in the fatty tissue, ensuring that essential ingredients are carried throughout the body. Caffeine is a filler. It helps the body to feel full and this reduces appetite.
Phen375 is a powerful appetite suppressant. The ingredients present help the body to curb food cravings, hence less calorie consumption. It encourages the body to burn fat easily, and effortlessly and prevents loss of muscle when one is dieting. Phen375 guarantees safe weight loss of on average three to five pounds a week. In addition, it has less side effects than is associated with other diet pills.
The wonderful reviews and success stories of Phen375, the wonder weight loss pill are justified. At a very affordable price, you can lose weight in a safe and effective way.