27July
2017
2017. july 27. - thursday

Something is happening in Furnas - How does the city of Furnas prepare for the Feast of Saint Anne?

Like in all cities - and also in Furnas - if there is one person who knows about everyone and everything: it is the hairdresser. I have met Bruno over a year ago, and in my opinion he is the best hairdresser in Furnas. When I have been to his salon the other day I also asked him what is this hustle and bustle, what is happening in Furnas.

I have already seen the posters advertising the Feast of Saint Anne, but I didn't understand them completely. Also, the week before I noticed that the Saint Anne Church in the city center has been decorated with white and yellow flags, and that there are a lot of busy workers all around the city: renewing the road signs, the bus stops, making a new fish pond in the park - so something must definitely be going on here! But what is this festival all about? Read on to find out.

Szent Anna fesztivál program
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18July
2017
2017. july 18. - tuesday

How to use the parking meter in Ponta Delgada? Tips & Tricks to parking on Sao Miguel Island

Don't get me wrong: the usage of parking meters in Ponta Delgada looks and is, in fact, very easy. However, I have seen so many people looking unsure that I thought it is time to create a quick "How to".

In the main cities, viewpoints, and at main sights the parking is effortless. There are visitor parking lots available everywhere.

Please note, that - unless it is clearly indicated to be a parking area - parking on the side of the road is not allowed.

The parking is metered in Ponta Delgada, in Riberia Grande, in parts of Vila Franca do Campo and in the touristic areas of Furnas.
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17July
2017
2017. july 17. - monday

Malassada - the doughnut of the Azores

My first BIO girl post is about a glutinous food, which unfortunately I was not able to taste. In fact I could hardly even take a photograph, because of all the people queueing to get their Malassada.

I noticed first at the medieval fair that there is a huge crowd waiting in front of small food stall which said "Malassadas". Thanks to my improving command of Portuguese I found out that malassadas are the doughnut of the Azores.

The preparation is similar to the Hungarian doughnut, but the Azores version has this wonderful crystallized sugar icing - I need to find out how it is made. I am already working on obtaining an original recipe.

Until then, the first Portuguese word for gluten eaters should be: Malassada!
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17July
2017
2017. july 17. - monday

Feira Quinthentista - What do native Africans and a medieval fair on the Azores have in common?

Yesterday I have been to a wonderful medieval fair in the town of Riberia Grande. The name of the fair in Portuguese is: Feira Quinhentista na Ribeira Grande 2017.  This fair has been somewhat different compared to the festivals I have attended before, however in all of these events dancing and music are the core elements. The fair lasts for a week, with different programs and activities every day. There was a horse show, theater, singing and dancing, and of course fireworks every evening. I came upon the African Court, which has been a very essential part of the fair, with lots of African dance shows. But what exactly have native Africans and the a medieval fair on the Azores have in common? Read on to find out.
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Hello, I am Rita. Bioengineer, marketing manager, and so much more. My first trip to the Azores has been so wonderful I have decided to move here. Since I have found very little information about the Azores in Hungarian, I have decided to start a blog collecting hints and providing advice to help fellow travelers. My aim is to motivate more people to go on vacation to the Azores, to help and assist fellow travelers, and finally through my adventures provide more information about this beautiful place. Please take a look around, and let me know if you have a question. I will do my utmost to provide an answer.

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This website is dedicated to my family and friends - to reassure them that I am doing well and enjoying my new life - and of course to everyone who wants to know more about the Azores, especially about the islands Sao Miguel and Furnas. This website might also be the starting point to plan a vacation or a wedding at the Azores. With my posts and the information contained within I would like to help every traveller to have the time of their lives when visiting the Azores. For foodies who would like to eat like a local or want to find the best restaurants on the isles, and also for people with food intolerance or allergies I recommend the posts in the section "BIO Girl in the Azores".


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