Life away from home. Part 4. Chapter 2: Hungary.
We continue to share interesting facts about an amazing and unique country – Hungary. Today, our Alexander Potokii from Speroteck Magento Team will tell you about his experience of living there.
Oleksandr Potokii (Senior DEV Magento), Kiskunhalas.
“Kiskunhalas is a city in Hungary in the southwest of the country, near the border with Serbia. My wife’s sister lives here with her family, so I sent my daughter and mother-in-law here on February 14.
A few days later, my wife and I also came to see them. The first week we lived together, then the family helped us find separate housing. Later, we bought our own home.
My wife got a job here, she is a doctor by specialty. This is a positive point. Although under peaceful conditions, the procedure for getting a job here is quite complicated (if you are not from the EU): it requires additional training, passing exams to confirm qualifications and a diploma, and while all this is going on, you can only work as a doctor’s assistant or assistant.
Now, in connection with the situation, the state has given Ukrainian doctors the opportunity to work for a year in an accredited hospital under the supervision of an accredited doctor. Under this condition, you confirm your diploma automatically without passing exams and work full-time in your specialty.
I personally know the Hungarian language since childhood, as does my wife. My daughter, back in the days of covid, studied the language with her Hungarian grandmother when she was three years old. Now, she is fluent in both Ukrainian and Hungarian languages.
In general, few people know English here. This is very unfortunate, because, for example, when I was in Germany, we could easily communicate with everyone there in English: whether it was at the smallest gas station or in a supermarket. There is a very small percentage that you will be answered in a language other than Hungarian.
We are not here for the first time, so we have already managed to make acquaintances and friends, and some of the advantages of living here are now visible to me.
Hungarians are people of their word, they are responsible, kind and friendly. Peculiarities of the mentality of Hungarians, their education affect everything that surrounds them: clean roadsides, quality of roads, etc.
Although, in many aspects we are far ahead of them. For instance, the banking system: opening your own account costs a lot of money, withdrawing cash from an ATM also takes a large commission, and bank employees do not always give you knowledgeable and professional advice.
Interestingly, Hungarians are a coffee nation, they drink a lot of coffee. If I could describe this nation by temperament, it would be typical sanguine.
Everyone knows their job – performs it clearly and responsibly. For example, when the craftsmen at my house did more than half of the work, I brought them a deposit, but they categorically refused to take it. They said that they will accept only after finishing. We did a small cosmetic repair and only when everything was done, we finally settled.
Later, when I noticed a defect on the wall, I informed them about it. They redid the entire wall for me under warranty, without arguing, and for free. Consumers are 100% protected here.
Our city has a cool aqua complex, there are many historical places. Kiskunhalas is also famous for its Network School, Network House and Network Museum.
Halas lace has been a Hungarian folk art since its inception. My wife visited these attractions, she really liked them.
Hungary has two of the most famous traditional recipes for the preparation of ukha (fish broth): Szeged and Bayas. These are the names of two cities between which our Kiskunhalas is located. Each of these cities holds its own Ukha cooking festivals.
And since Kiskunhalas is actually in the middle, it is here in March that the so-called “Halfway Festival” is held, where competitions are held, many types of broth are boiled and all kinds of delicacies are prepared.
I would recommend Hungary for a relocate, but only if a person has the intention to thoroughly learn the Hungarian language and culture, because without the language here it is very difficult in everyday life.”
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