20March
2019
2019. march 20. - wednesday

THE ROMEIROS (PILGRIMS) OF SAO MIGUEL - TRADITION, BELIEF AND EMOTIONS,

I have been having mixed feelings about the Azores and the Azorean people lately. Sometimes they are wonderfully kind and friendly, but at times they are standoffish and distant to “strangers”. There is a great deal of uncertainty and also a quote from the famous Hungarian poet Sandor Petofi comes to mind from his poem “Pato Pal Ur” (Mr. Pal Pato) which goes “Ej, raerunk arra meg” which translates into “eh, we’ll do it another time”.  In some regards I find this a nice philosophy: even though things generally take longer to accomplish, the people of the Azores are much less worried and stressed out about things than people living in big and bustling cities. Whenever I am at the Azores I tend to adopt this lifestyle and when I am back to Hungary I realise how difficult it is to readjust myself to the busy city life.

However, yesterday I had an experience that affected me very deeply and made my already very positive impression about the Azorean people even more profound. I have experienced the deep spirituality of the Azorean people, their enduring faith, their love towards each other, and the closeness of their family ties through a few acts and special objects.


 
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01December
2018
2018. december 01. - saturday

Event recommendation - Fantastic handicraft one day event on Sao Miguel island

In the days leading up to Advent my friend and I happened to find an advertisement for PRENDA - Handicraft Festival of the Azores, organised by Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato (Regional Centre for Handicrafts). The registration for the event proved to be somewhat tricky, but apart from that everything was fantastic. We were probably not alone thinking that a handicraft event that starts at 9am and finishes at 7pm might be a tad too long - but once you finish reading this article you will know how much we enjoyed it and how fast time went by and that we were sorry that the event came to an end, after all.

We all met up in the morning in Ponta Delgada at an easily accessible, central location. There were not too many attendants - like I mentioned before, I think some people might have been scared off due to the length of the event. But thankfully, despite the low turnout, the organizers decided not to cancel the event. So this is how we ended up spending an entire day with the artists of the PRENDA Handicraft Festival.
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22November
2018
2018. november 22. - thursday

Lisbon experiences - from shopper’s paradise through a vegetarian festival into a day spa

A few weeks ago I scored Ryanair return tickets to Lisbon (from Ponta Delgada) for a mere 30 EUR. Since I will only get back to Hungary on Christmas eve - give or take one day - I need to do my Christmas shopping before and I figured this will be the perfect trip for getting gifts for my family and friends. I highly recommend checking the Ryanair website because they have great promotional deals all the time.


I woke up in the wee small hours of the morning, only to find out the flight is delayed with 2 hours. However, I used the extra time well and gave myself a challenge to see how my Portuguese is progressing (I am enrolled in a very intense language course since September). I struck up conversation with a sweet Azorean family, and we had a really nice chat. They told me my pronunciation was good and that I understood everything I said, so this experience made me forget about the annoying delay.

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13November
2018
2018. november 13. - tuesday

AZORES EVENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WINTER 2018

Many of you asked me to give you some event recommendations for November and December at the Azores. Behold this list of wonderful programs. Since event infos are added continuously to Azorean websites, please check back to this article regularly - but by all means before your upcoming trip - for the latest updates and additions. Have a great trip!
 
CHRISTMAS MARKET IN NORDESTE
When: between 15th of November and 23rd of December, 2018
Where: Tourist information center Nordeste (Posto de Turismo de Nordesete) – Sao Miguel island
Opening hours: Monday to Friday between 9:30am - 5:30pm
                           Saturday, Sunday & Holidays between 10:00am - 2:15pm
 
ALÉM DO AZUL
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
When: 23rd of November, 2018
Where: Lagoa, Convento dos Franciscanos da Lagoa – Sao Miguel island
Exhibition of underwater photographs made by Nelson Raposo
 
DA TERRA AO MAR – FROM LAND TO THE SEA EXHIBITION
When: from 30th of November, 2018
Where: Museu Municipal da Ribeira Grande – Sao Miguel island
The exibition features hand made fishing artefacts made by the first Azorean settlers
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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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