WHAT TO DO IN APRIL – AT THE TIMES OF CORONA
Our lives turned up-side-down in the last couple of months. Some of us still have to go to work or do it in home-office, but instead of going out after to have a coffee/drink with co-workers or friends, the activities have to happen home. Some people have their children out of school all day, every day and those kids need to be educated and entertained. And then there are people without work (hopefully still paid) and want to use their extra time wisely. One way or another suddenly most of us, the lucky ones (think about the ones working in healthcare, be grateful and #stayhome for them too), have to spend more time closed in our house, apartment, room, spaceship, submarine, etc. So what do we do now? Get prepared to our – hopefully soon-to-come – Budapest visit, by learning about the Hungarian culture a little bit.
Train your brain, learn Hungarian 🙂
Did you know that learning languages improve your memory, problem-solving and critical-skills? Of course, you do! Now Hungarian is not the easiest language to learn, but you can pick up the basics. This way, the next time you visit us, you will receive some extra smiles and helpfulness. Livi one of our Budapest Urban Adventures team member has collected a few useful words expressions in this video, but the podcast, One Minute Hungarian on Spotify with ten short “coffee break lessons” is a great way to start. If you want to dig deeper, we won’t stop you, download Duolingo to your phone and start their Hungarian course for free.
If you miss going to exhibitions, the Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) and the Palace of Exhibitions (Műcsarnok) made virtual tours available on their websites. Thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts, we can learn about the depiction of perspective, beard trends throughout the centuries or angelic mysteries explained through art pieces. While on the site of the Palace of Exhibitions, you can virtually wander around and admire many contemporary exhibitions.
With kids, you can go on a little adventure and discover Hungarian folk music. The sound archive map made by the Institute of Musicology gathers traditional songs from current and historical Hungarian regions and even further. By clicking on each song, you get to the description, where the date of collection, audio and music sheet can be found among other information. If you play on any instruments, you can play along with the sound, which is an excellent exercise for any age group.
Learn to cook Hungarian from us!
After feeding your brain, your body needs some food as well. If you had enough Fish&Chips, Mac&Cheese, Chinese, TexMex, or whatever you eat most often, try something else! Hungarian, for example. Our traditional dishes are usually really simple but very flavorful and filling at the same time. If you want to start at the beginning, check out our video guide to where our guide, Livi joins her grandmother to prepare this absolutely delicious meal called paprikás krumpli (potato paprika). The next step can be paprikás csirke (chicken paprika), or gulyás leves (goulash soup), but if you are more of a sweet-toothed person try túrógombóc (cottage cheese dumplings) or somlói galuska
Move your body, Learn Hungarian Folk dance!
Balance is the key to a healthy life. If you followed our previous instruction, you will need to shake those extra calories off, so let’s do it in a Hungarian way, shall we? Not everyone has a gym attached to their place, so our suggestion is an activity, that only requires two legs and a pinch of enthusiasm. Gather your family (if not in person then virtually) and get the party started! Learn how to dance verbung or csárdás with the help of I Dance Hungary. It will be great fun, and if you turn up the rhythm after learning the first steps, it’s guaranteed that you will have a good night’s sleep after.
Rest and watch Hungarian Award winner movies!
After a long day, we all deserve a little break. Budapest and other parts of Hungary can be discovered in many Hollywood movies, and some music videos as well. But there are great Hungarian productions as well, that worth to be seen. Both on Netflix and Amazon you are able to watch Son of Saul, the heartbreaking story of a Jewish-Hungarian concentration camp prisoner (won the award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, and many more prizes). On Body and Soul is a mysterious love story placed in a slaughterhouse (won the Golden Bear on the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, and was nominated on for the Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category) is available on Netflix, while on Amazon Sunset or Liza The Fox Fairy can be rented among others.
For shorter content sign up to our Budapest Urban Adventures YouTube channel, where you can find recommendations on the best spots of the city, guides to the public transportation and national holidays, introductions to our tours and many more.
Listen to concerts online!
It is not that hard to stay home with these amazing activities, right? And what if we say, there is more? Because many of us miss concerts, Müpa Budapest opened its virtual concert hall and auditoriums! Müpa, short for Művészetek Palotája (Palace of Arts), is well-know by Hungarians as a cultural spot providing a home for classical, contemporary, popular and world music, not to mention jazz and opera, as well as contemporary circus, dance, literature, and film. They also had to shut down from March 16th, but that doesn’t stop them from bringing musical experiences to people. They launched Müpa Home, so everyone can get access to concerts, videos or radio, so we don’t have to spend a day without quality music.
Another way to receive our daily dose of music is following Garden Wonder on Facebook or Instagram for chill live stream concerts every night at 9 PM, CET for 30 days with different musicians from all over the world. Originally Garden Wonder was a series of urban secret concerts at Budapest with international artists performing to a smaller group of people in exclusive venues, like gardens, living rooms, coffeehouses, etc. Now, adapting to the new situation, the events go online to motivate people to care about each other and #stayhome.
Get into Art at home!
An extra tip to utilise your creative energies: colouring. This website offers not just printable colouring sheets with folk art motives, but patters to make puppets, Easter decoration, or easy-to-make pencil holders, everything to keep children quiet for a few minutes, maybe an hour. 😀 But colouring is not only for kids; sometimes it’s better than therapy. If you never heard of anna amélie before, you better learn it for once and forever, because she is one of the most talented local designers. She is best known for her pure and simply elegant bags, but in these extraordinary times, she decided to help us, quarantined fellows stay sane and uploaded a few colouring sheets in her unique style.