Zsámbék, Páty & Wine Festival

This past weekend, one of the Local Committees (LCs) in Budapest organized an outing for the interns in Budapest. In the past couple of days, a number of new interns arrived as it was the start of the summer season. Most of these individuals will be leaving at the end of the summer.

Our first stop was Zsámbék, a village located about an hour outside of Budapest by bus. We were here to visit a church ruin. The church was originally built by the French, invaded by the Mongolians, ruled by the Hungarians, invaded by the Turkish and then owned by a Hungarian family before being destroyed in an Earthquake. Pretty crazy for just a small town! Read more about it on here.

Church Zsambek

Because there were so many of us, the property managers gave us a mini tour of the church, sharing stories and further information about the church.

The church was on a slight hill which presented a view of the valley and village below. It was nice to see the green and fields.

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Following our visit to Zsámbék, we hopped back on the bus en route to the city of Páty, where there was a wine festival being held. We stumbled upon a community house that was offering food and drink for a donation. They had this delicious soup with meat, mushrooms, carrots and other random veggies in it. Apparently, it has Mongolian roots, but they couldn’t provide me with a name. There was plenty of wine being passed around, all of which were made locally. I also tried a drink made from elder flowers. The flowerheads were reduced with sugar to produce a sweet syrup which is mixed with water before drinking. It was really good! My roommate managed to find a bottle of the syrup in a supermarket too.

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After eating our fill, we headed into the forest where the festival was being held. The idea was, you could go from wine cellar to wine cellar tasting the different types of wine they had to offer.


It was a great day to get out of the city for a bit and see something new. I met so many new people in the span of one day. I’m really enjoying the fact that there are so many interns here in the city. It means there is never a dull day!

  • Great post, Adie! For me, the biggest lesson this year is that great ideas can come from anywhere and at anytime. Several of my best blog posts this year came to me while I was in the gym, for example. I use Evernote to quickly write down blog posts ideas to keep track of them.

    Awesome job with your blogs this year!

    • Thanks KC! Great tip. I need to work on this next year, especially for this blog. I really want to focus on writing about social media and blogging.

  • Hi! So I clicked over from your post on Pack Me To (I had no idea you had a personal blog!). I’m really impressed with your social media skills. I literally have NO idea what to do on social media, and sometimes there will be weeks where I just don’t do anything, and I do notice a huge difference in my traffic. Sigh, this is one area I definitely want to improve on, but even the thought of that makes me want to cry with frustration.

    As for writing… I struggle too with writing for an audience vs. writing for myself. I stopped writing the “tips and guides” kind of stuff a few months ago and focus more on personal experiences now, and I’m not sure if that has to do with the traffic decrease too. So I think I may still need to introduce helpful posts back in my blog sporadically. I guess having a balance is key. Personally though, I love reading the personal posts the most and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know more about you!

    Best of luck in this new year!

    • Thanks for reading Anna 🙂 I know what you mean about social media. It’s a lot of work to keep up with it! Sometimes I just let it go too because it gets to be way too much. As much as people scream not to do it, I find automating it really helps. Spending an hour once a week and schedule everything in advanced.

      I really love the things you write! I feel like I’m right there with you. Perhaps continue writing the way you do but including a few helpful tips at the end of your posts? I like the way Mary does it over at The World Is a Book (http://www.theworldisabook.com/). I’m trying to emulate that method.

  • What a helpful post, Adelina. Thanks for sharing! I started my blog over a year ago. As I’m not doing any travels, at the moment, not much gets posted.

    Living in Sydney, I know there’s always so much to write about. However, when you’re in your own back yard, the mindset is so different – because it’s always there! This often makes it hard to blog about anything. My most recent posts are to do with cricket (hey, it’s my favourite sport). 🙂 But, what I post about is what I like. Ok, it’d be cool to have a great readership of hundreds (or even thousands – hey, I can dream can’t I? :)). I blog about things that I like to blog about. If others find it interesting, then that’s great! If not, then that’s ok too. I enjoy writing about the things that interest me. 🙂

    • Hi Stephen! Thanks for reading! Ultimately there is no right or wrong reason to blog. It’s your space on the internet so you should do what you want to do with it. It took me a long time to come to peace with it. Just blog for yourself 🙂