Budapest is Beautiful

March 9, 2014 § 6 Comments

The sun is giving us quite a show today. Even after a such a rainy Friday, there is hardly any evidence of it left.

Rainy night

Rainy Friday night on the way home from the library

I gave myself the morning to sleep in. At least that was my original plan. At 7:00, my eyes opened, my brain jumped into action and I lost all hope of a long, lazy morning in bed. After weighing all my options, I decided that I would start by going for a walk. I sat down to have some tea and ended up staying there until 9:00 working on a project for school. I’m a bit neurotic when it comes to starting my day. If I haven’t gotten my day started by noon, I get antsy. I wasn’t going to let this get the best of me today!

As I was tying my shoes, Skjalg came out and told me he was proud of me. When I asked him why, he said, “I know you. You think the whole day is gone and yet you’re still going.”. It’s strange to have someone know you so well 🙂 So, studying was pushed until later and I enjoyed a beautiful Budapest morning instead.


I stopped in at Culinaris, a specialty, import food market, for some Saturday morning goodies. I picked out some fresh rye bread, a perfectly ripe avocado, black rice and vanilla bean tea. Simple, yet satisfying.

Culinaris GoodiesAs I was passing through the area surrounding parliament, I noticed a series of busts displayed along the length of the building. I’ve seen them before, but never given them much thought. Today, I decided to take a closer look. I picked one, snapped a photo and then planned to look up the man behind the bust.

Dr. Elek Woynárovich was a hydrobiologist who worked in the World Food and Agriculture Organization’s fisheries branch. He was a Zoology professor and head of the department at Lajos Kossuth University and went on to be the vice-rector president. In 1968, he started his work as an international hydrobiologist. He directed the development of fish farming in Nepal for 6 years and then went to Venezuela for 3 and a half years, where he helped established the framework of fish farming. He retired in 1977 but then went on to work as an expert in the FAO – Madagascar, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Zambia. He also worked in Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Talk about traveling! Must have been so interesting to work in so many different countries.

Later in the evening, Skjalg and I headed out for another walk. Then it was home to relax and get a little studying in. What did Skjalg do when we got home? He sutured the couch! Our apartment came with this giant leather couch, which is perfect except for two tears. We cover them both up with blankets, but Skjalg apparently felt like that wasn’t enough.

Night walkpark dusk


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§ 6 Responses to Budapest is Beautiful

  • Hey Bianca! I am in awe of the hours you manage to study, which made me want to ask… how exactly do you study? Do you have any particular technique for getting all the information on the page into your head? As someone doing pre-med next year, I really want to make sure I have a solid studying technique and I’m struggling a little bit at the moment. Any advice would be much appreciated 🙂

    Emma x

    • Buda B says:

      Hey Em Nicole!

      Haha, well, it’s definitely not something you just jump into. The student I am now is completely different than the one I was when I started. My first semester was completely unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The amount of information that they expected us to cram into our heads felt absolutely impossible. For our medical latin exam we had to learn 600 words. For our medical chemistry exam we had to learn 200 chemical structures – on top of the actual material. And anatomy? That was a whole new language.

      I’m in a post-anatomy midterm bliss right now, so I’m getting a little wordy. I will say that you have to learn to evolve your style. Don’t get stuck in one way of doing things. I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of my OCD note-taking qualities for the sake of actually learning the material. In these two years, I’ve found the following to be the best for me: read up on the material first by myself, take notes and make as many drawings/sketches/visual guides as possible, then meet with a friend and discuss it all out-loud. So I guess my style is first solitary processing, then visual processing and finally social processing. I also like making flashcards while I’m studying, just to bring with me to bed, carry with me on walks or on the way to my exam. Try drawing, talking out-loud, presenting the topic on a whiteboard, making flashcards – everything!

      As for the amount of information, trust me, your brain will change SO much. It will be a struggle in the beginning, but after a while, you’ll see that you just soak up information. I remember being told that by a 4th year student I met my first semester. He told me that I should memorize a label of a milk carton (or anything) and time myself. He then said I should repeat the task the next year, just to get some perspective of how much my mental capacity had increased. I didn’t actually do it, but I notice it and appreciate it everyday.

      Hope you found some tips in my babbling 😉
      Best of luck with your studies!


      • Wow! Thank you so much for your answer! And congratulations on doing amazing in your anatomy mid term. I can’t even imagine the relief you must be feeling right now

        I must admit sometimes I go to the posts with photos of your notes for inspiration 😉 I love visual things too, so I think I’ll definitely incorporate lots of pictures and diagrams into my notes.

        I feel like it’s definitely going to be quite an change! The curriculum in New Zealand for high school is based largely around very wordy essay answers, so my brains probably going to get quite a shock when it has to rote learn. It’s nice to know it will adjust though, even if it does take a wee while ;p

        Thanks again for your reply!

  • Emelie says:

    Hi! My name is Emelie and I will do the entrance exam for Semmelweis next weekend, and I am sooo scared for it! Studying like crazy right now haha! What did you find hardest, the written exam or the oral part? Also, do you know what result you should have on the written exam to be accepted? 🙂
    Your blog about studying there is really interesting for me to read, and hopefully I will be accepted and also live in Budapest by this autumn ^^
    Thank you for sharing your experiences!

    • Buda B says:

      Hi Emelie!

      That’s exciting! I was just thinking about the entrance exam the other day. It’s been almost exactly two years now since I took it and yet I still remember it so well!

      I found the oral part to be the most difficult, but only because you don’t know how it is going to go. I always feel a little more calm with written because everything is there and you have time to process. I don’t know what the minimum is, or if it matters, but I only got 14/20 on both parts and I got in 😉 I think they may just use it to help them paint an overall picture.

      Best of luck with studying! You’ll do just fine!


      • Emelie says:

        Wow, you are really on your way of becoming a doctor then!
        Haha I think 14/20 sounds pretty much, that means you only have 6 wrong answers on every part! Maybe that is much haha? I do find the entrance exams examples at pretty easy, so I hope that is how the exam is going to look like! But you never know what nerves can do to you!
        Thank you for your answer!

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