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A cold New Years Eve in Budapest

Since Sweden has had the coldest December month in 110 years, I thought it would be at least a bit warmer in central Europe. But the streets of Hungary’s capital are absolutely freezing. Fortunately there are lots of places with hot goulash to escape the chill, and not to forget the famous thermal baths all over the city.

Hot cider Having hot apple cider at Vörösmarty tér.

Hungary is surrounded by seven countries; Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Croatia. This naturally has a big influence on cultural habits. One such tradition is to not clink glasses when drinking beer, coming from a legend of Hungarians wowing not to because Austrians are said to have clinked their beer glasses when celebrating the execution of martyrs in 1849.

Clinking or not, today it’s New Years Eve and I look forward to celebrating it in the streets of Budapest. To all my friends across the world, have a Happy New Year wherever you are!

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