Budapest was a city I had been wanting to visit for a long time, after reading Bram Stokers Dracula it seemed like even more of a mysterious place that was divided by the Daunbe river and was the gateway to the Capanthian mountains. I left Zagreb in Croatia one early morning and took a very slow train right across Hungary, it took about 12 hours an no one spoke english. The train was beautiful, all deep wood planning and green veldt style seats, I don't think it had been modernised since the 1940's and was an antique in action. I remember that train journey being a real time for reflection and I loved seeing the vast countryside fly past my window, that was until it powered into Budapest and all the life and culture came flooding into view.
I was in Budapest for friday the 13th, so maybe that explained the super cold weather, I had to run from one store to another until I found long john thermals as my legs felt like they were going to break off in the cold. I loved whizzing around on the metro and stayed with 3 lovely people through Couch Surfing, two were from the UK and were working as teachers and a girl from Australia working in a bar, they were so much fun and we had great nights out while I was in the city.
I am so glad to introduce you to Amanda from Niescior's Notes, I am especially happy to have her on my sidebar as she is also a fellow South Africa and although I no longer live in South Africa, her blog keeps me connected to my homeland. Amanda was kind enough to answer some questions so we can all get to know her better.
First of all introductions - who are you, where are you from, basically tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog
I'm 21 and I live in a small town in South Africa on the Garden Route! My blog is pretty much my little space on the internet that allows me the freedom to express myself and talk about things that make me happy or that make me think. My posts aren't the best - but they represent me in a way, and can be described as awkward and random :)
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would LOVE to live in the USA. Either somewhere in Chicago, Los Angeles or New York. I truly believe that I should be an American citizen one day. From what I've heard and seen - the states is the right place for someone like me to live in!
What is your favourite relaxing pastime?
Uhm... I don't really have one...
Why did you start a blog and how do you keep inspired?
I wanted to have something that was mine and that I could make use of to express myself..
Any secret blog tips for success?
I need as many of these tips as I can get... LOL! For me - I think its really important that bloggers remember why they started their blog and not allow themselves to get too caught up in the numbers game! Make sure you write content that your readers will enjoy - but at the same time, do not detract from who you are and the purpose behind your blog.
You are running a great charity blogger drive - Bloggers Think Pink - can you let me know more about it
Its an online fundraising campaign that is aiming to raise $500 for an amazing breast cancer organisation called Bright Pink which is based in the USA. By making a donation, bloggers also get some ad space - which means additional exposure for them :)