Sziasztok! (as a Hungarian would say when meeting you in person).
My name is Zsofi, I’m a twenty-something Hungarian girl from Budapest; microbiologist by profession, traveller by passion. I truly believe that travel is the best possible investment one can make, it not only teaches you more about different cultures and people, boardens your horizons, gets you new friends and lifelong memories but it’s also the best way to learn more about yourself and find out who you truly are. When I don’t travel, I enjoy long outdoor walks, photography, architecture and I’m obsessed with good coffee.
I was born and raised in Szeged, which is the third largest city in Hungary.
As we grew older, the tours get longer and even crossed the borders of our little country – the longest bike trip we’ve completed started in Hungary, through the mountains of Austria and finished on the shores of Northern-Italy. I’ve always enjoyed the beautiful landscapes, the sea (which we don’t have unfortunately), the atmosphere of new countries, but I didn’t care much about the people and their culture back then.
It completely changed when I’ve became an exchange student in the second grade of high school and had the opportunity to live at a host family in Koblenz, Germany. Everything was so thrilling, i wanted to know all about their language, their food, their lifestyle, their traditions… Germany and Germans still have a special place in my heart since that time.
I said goodbye to Szeged in 2008 after graduation and moved to study in the capital city, Budapest. From the beginning I loved how it was so much bigger, busier and much more multicultural as my hometown. During my studies I’ve made friends with Erasmus students from every corner of Europe, we’ve organized thematical parties, cooking nights, and I’ve irreversibly fell in love with other cultures and traditions.
Since then I save up all my money to be able to do so, to travel and see as much of the world as it’s possible. I believe it’s not all about the finances though. For me traveling is not equal with staying in a 5 star hotel, having all inclusive service; i’m completely fine on an Airbnb couch, in a shared hostel room or in a tent somewhere in the mountains. One of my best experiences were when we took our old car with my brothers for a roadtrip through Bosnia, Croatia and Italy, not knowing exactly which road we gonna take the next or where we will sleep at night… To me that’s the best way to explore a country and to get in touch with locals.
Since finishing my university studies as a molecular and micro-biologist I work at a diagnostic laboratory in Budapest currently. Besides traveling, biology always has been a lifelong passion of mine. I also enjoy photography, cooking, books and coffee, so prepare to read lot of posts in those topics from me!
When Daria asked me to be one of the contributing editors of her new project, I felt it’s something what I’ve always wanted to do, to share my experiences, to write about my trips, the things which make me happy and to read the stories and be inspired of others who share similar views with me.
Hope you will enjoy Global Storybook as much as I do!