I am missing Hungary...this journey was something else. I never thought I would actually create such a strong bond with a country and that I would find parts of myself in its streets.
A multitude of people who are fond of traveling commonly say that they travel to find pieces of themselves. I always liked that idea. yet never sincerely believed it until...Hungary. Hungary is a place of kind, creative and warm-hearted people. I particularly remember that time I went to this mini market in the metro station to buy some chocolate, as I always do, and went to the cashier, rose my head and faced an old man's heart-melting smile and shiny eyes. He kindly asked me where I was from in pretty good English, which I found impressive for a man his age, and I replied smiling "I'm from Greece". Suddenly his face sank in a mixture of empathy and disappointment as he told me: "I hear about Greece and the refugees on the news every day; it must be a hard time for you people as you are simultaneously dealing with a huge crisis." At that moment I immediately reacted with an affirmative response and thought of the all my fellow citizens who despite their own desperation and struggle, put their ego and their problems aside and prioritized their duty as humans; to love, respect and help one another. This is something that strikes me everytime that I think of it and is one of the things that make me proud to live in this country and to be part of this community around everyday heroes.
In all the chaos of the contemporary everyday life in Greece, I totally forgot about all those great things that my country has been known for in centuries and about those kind-hearted people I thought gone. Having such a brainstorm resulting from such a small conversation seems kind of funny to me but at the same time enriching. It made me remember of all the things I had forgotten, including the fact that there are people out there who still care and worry about what is happening in the world, even if it is a very small part of it. It made me have faith. Yet, this is just a small occurrence of my 5-day-trip. I met amazing people, shared thoughts, had fun, felt emotional and wondered through streets of a world unknown to me; a world that I fell in love with.
We stayed in Százhalombatta, a beautiful small town, and visited Budapest, the most dreamy and fairytale like place: Szentendre and the Greek village Beloiannisz. We also did some creative projects, went out wine-tasting and threw the coolest school party which also included karaoke. We laughed, danced and sang our hearts out.
Of course, this is just a sum of this whole eye-opening experience since I could not possibly put into words my thoughts and everything that happened. Thus, I will let some pictures I took speak for themselves. Also, this whole journey I had to experience thanks to my mom and of course to the program Erasmus+ and all the people involved. Thank you.
"To travel is to take a journey into yourself." -Danny Kaye