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My very special three days at Budapest started in the Bistrita train station with a lot of enthusiasm after many months of counting the days. After a nine hour trip we arrived to Budapest. I was impressed by this amazing city from the minute I stepped onto the train station. Actually, as the days were passing, I became more and more fascinated with this city . It was clean, with an amazing architecture, with a lot of things to see. A real European capital. I even said once that I would be ready to move there anytime.

After such a long trip we were expected by Gergo at a lovely welcome dinner. That was really nice because we got the chance to know each other better because of the breaking the ice game where we got mixed and I had the opportunity to meet new people and exchange impressions with the other groups.

On the first day I learned more about the Green Map activity all over the world from Wendy and Gergo . We also had a little training for collecting data. It was a very interesting workshop, where I found out a lot of new information. After the workshop we went to my first tour through Budapest, The Secret Garden. I saw many types of gardens, more or less hidden, but every one of them had a very interesting story and it was remarkable for its beauty and uniqueness. I really enjoyed it very much. The next stop after lunch was a meeting of the Green Map makers, where there was a really nice moment, the celebration of 15 years of Green Map with a huge cake in the shape of Budapest. On this location I want to say congratulations to Wendy again and many many years more. The first day ended in the most pleasant way, with a trip on the Danube. That was one of the most special moments, because it was the first time I was traveling by boat and the view of Budapest was absolutely amazing.

After only a few hours of sleep, the second day came with other beautiful things to discover. In the morning I visited the Panon House, a very interesting futuristic building which was using solar energy and was actually able to produce energy by itself for a couple of weeks. Another interesting thing was that, the employees were able to move from one desk to another in order to take advantage as much as possible of the solar energy. We were shown the whole building and the whole system, which was very interesting. After that we went to the Milenaris Museum,  where I saw all sorts of beautiful fish. The third location of the tour was the Isle Margaret, a fairy tale place, very green, where you could see a deer and pony from really close. The tour was very nice and relaxing.

The next activity in the afternoon was the workshop about waste, where I found out a lot of information about this subject, about how to prevent waste in order to prevent harming of the environment. But my favorite part of the workshop was the crafts, where I was able to make my own pair of earrings, a bag from a milk can, and I even received a bracelet made of the bottom of a plastic bottle as a gift.

In the evening we had another amazing experience, we watch the sunset on the Sas hills from where you could practically see all of Budapest. The view was beautiful and I think it will remain a very special moment for me. I felt like I was “on top of Budapest”.

On the third day and the last one, unfortunately, we participated at the collecting data workshop, held by Gergo, Wendy and Ciprian where I learned basic information about Green Mapping and how to be able to actually contribute to it. It was a very useful workshop. In the evening we had a nice farewell party on a ship were we could enjoy the beautiful view of Budapest in a special way.

To conclude, as a personal experience, I had the opportunity to do a lot of things that I usually don’t have the chance to do. They may seem common experiences to most

people but for me everything was special and I tried to enjoy it as much as I could. I must admit that the trip wouldn’t have been the same without the new groups that I met, with the nicest people. And on this occasion I would like to thank my group, the Romanians, for all the help and for making my days in Budapest so nice and colorful. I had a really really great time and I cannot end without the most used phrase since I came back: “I want to go back!!!!!”.

Feedback from the Bristol Visit

Below are extracts from the Evaluation forms received so far – still awaiting Budapest’s.


Pit van de Loo: Bee keeping: The Bees and the smoke interaction. They think the hive is on fire, eat as much as they can because they think they have to leave soon. They get lazy lying on the couch and the bee master gets the honey easily.

Party: Bristol people like to sing.

Clemens: Walks: The walk down to the city was so sparkling! Nice to be in contact with the real people of Knowle West! These deeply committed people made every effort!

Films: Vivid and direct link to KWMC neighbourhood people’s life. Team FAB is my personal favourite – many greetings & godspeed to them!

Saturday: Most exciting was the visit to Weston-super-Mare (beach). Many thanks to Ivor that he accompanied us to this lovely place. Indian dinner was good – the many funny Bristol people in their costumes too 😉

Why did nobody tell us that ‘Tricky’ is a Knowle West boy!

Bjela Prossowsky: Presentations: I liked the photos that people brought from their country, because it is a good way to get to know people and what they think about their surrounding. A little bit too much sitting and presentations, more action with walking and exploring would be great!

Editing/uploading: I had the feeling that the data I produced (film) was not much of use. I don’t know what happened with it and this seems to me a waste.

Saturday: I wish to have more ‘Free Time’ to get to know the people and the countries maybe in small groups for the next visit!

Party: I enjoyed talking to the people in a more private surrounding; the best way to get to know each other!

Bistrita, Romanians:

Corina Ernst: Icebreaker session: opening the communication among participants is easily done with games and funny exercises.

Media editing/uploading: importance of work for a team – each is skilful at something and it may be possible to learn one from another.

Party: Romanian products such as cheese or zacusca were welcome and enjoyed.

Doris Ernst: Walks: I was in the group that visited The Park local opportunity centre and I was impressed by the work of young people led by Mil.

Gabriel Popescu: Local projects: I liked the fact that children get involved in projects such as biodegradable bags!

Ciprian Samoila: The ice-breaker helped me considerably integrating my team in the group of people that came from so different countries. The ice-breaker should not miss from any such meetings. It‚was so helpful.

Guided walk: Some local women nicely asked with smile on their faces to be part of a photo group of me and a colleague; that was so nice of them.

Media training/walks: One KWMC field coordinator kindly explained me and my group the way we operate the sound recording equipment,  led us in the field and supervised each team. The coordinator insured that each team member had the opportunity to use the equipment and become an interviewer in the community. That was such fun!

Party: Got me closer to the participants, both local and foreign. We had an idea to bring some local food to the party as a teaser for the upcoming meeting in Bistrita.

Alexandra Belegan: Tour of KWMC:  It was also interesting to see that they grow vegetables in the garden, they have a furnace outside, and they use biomass for heating and rainwater for toilets.

Media training: I learned how to operate the audio recording system, handle the microphone, interview different people; from one community centre and one from a library.

Walks: I could see large cathedrals, museums and an old university building with a huge tower. The urban park surprised me when I saw a fox passing by, and I was not expecting it there.


John Stinchcombe: Saturday input to map: I learned how to talk to people/communication skills.

Susan Dalton: Saturday input to map: It was my first time seeing it – helped you know where everything is.

Becky Thompson: Walks: I enjoyed taking people around and was able to tell them what goes on in the area.

Editing/uploading: I learned how to edit sound and cut to paste onto the green map.

Talk ‘Walking to Jerusalem’: Enjoyed listening to David’s journey and his trumpet playing is really good.

Jan Catterall: Overall it was great fun, great to meet everyone and share knowledge. The best times were shared over the food.