Normafa Hike – Two International Students’ Perspective
It was our first time trying an activity of this nature as part of the ELTE community and it’s safe to say that the experience was a pleasant surprise to say the least.
The day started at the meeting point around 10:00 AM at Szépjuhászné Büfé where everyone gathered and got introduced. It was a combination of international and local students, and the organizers made us feel welcome from the very start.
Although it was tiring to hike uphill for the majority of the trail, it was rewarding to reach the top and take in the amazing scenery from János hill Erzsébet lookout tower; it was definitely different than what we were used to seeing, as we both live on the Pest side of Budapest which is known to be a busy city kind of lifestyle. It was nice to see what else is out there in this country. We noticed different segments of the landscape looking out, one of the professors kindly explained that there are different districts in Budapest and on days with clear skies, we can even see the mountains of Slovakia!
Alongside the view from the tower, the beauty of the woods must not be overlooked as well. Other interesting experiences were passing through János hill passage cave along the way up, and Makkosmária church on the way down.
We also enjoyed Hungarian delicacies at Normafa Rétes Büfé, including langos and cranberry, cottage cheese and apple strudel, before heading back to the starting point and parting ways.
This trip helped us build new friendships to kick start the new semester, and we certainly recommend it and are planning on doing it again in the near future.
Razan Naber, International Business Economics
Saif Dafesh, Finance and Accounting