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Accommodation tips for Sziget !!!
Posted January 21st, 2009 - 2:41 pm by from Georgetown, Guyana (Permalink)
hello!
I'm coming from finland to sziget with small group maybe 4-5 person so i belive couchsurfing at somebodys home won't be an option.. ?
so if you have any tips about places, hotels near festival area to accommodate, would be great, thanks! something cheap but nice.

this will be my first time in sziget, and first time un hungary... :) nice!

Posted January 21st, 2009 - 3:21 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Dear Wuuki

Sziget is a Festival where you sleep in tents what you have to bring with you...

thats the cheapest!

i dont know why you want to stay in a hostel inside budapest when the party is in the north of budapest
and you will need always 1 hour from sziget to your hostel

but hostel prices are from 6 EUR to unlimted per night
check by for example here:
www.hostelscentral.com

thanks for your question!




Posted February 9th, 2009 - 11:52 am by from Georgetown, Guyana (Permalink)
hello and thanks for your answer!

i'm asking about the hotels 'cause i have to admit i'm not much tent person, haven't never tried that even in finland festivals, you always have to fear that someone will steal your stuff and destroy your tent and else.. and i use contact lenses :P
but it could be option if having more friends with tents around you, i don' know.

but this does'n mean i'm snobbish and sensible for that kind of stuff, i'm very adventurous and open-minded mainly, just new things in new place makes me sometimes feel little uncertain and think about stuff too much. :P so then i have to ask a lots of questions and find all about it to feel sure.
but sometimes you just have to go for it, right!!?

how is usually tent culture in sziget,do you need somebody to watch your stuff all the time or you don't need to be afraid of your stuff gonna vanish when you go to see some bands for a day?

and about hostel, i asked something close to sziget as possible so we don't have to walk for long way.

Posted February 9th, 2009 - 12:30 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)

Yes they steal sometimes but sziget is more peaceful than
for example germany festivals, there often people hurt each
other and stuff, you should not be afraid... if you want to
go to a hotel / hostel go to www.hostelscentral.com
you can book there... try to get something which is near to
the sziget, you can also buy then the ticket without
camping which is a little bit cheaper.

last year, i put a tent on the island and after i slept in
the tent i went home in order to stay fresh for the next
night.

best decision for you: go with tent and dont bring stuff
which is too expensive, and the small stuffs you must
always carry with you in a bag or rucksack... thats ok

have fun on sziget, maybe we will meet :)

Posted February 9th, 2009 - 8:54 pm by from Georgetown, Guyana (Permalink)
i've tried to check out hostels from internet but it's hard to know are thet near to sziget and some pages are only in hungarian..
so if someone could tell some hostels near?
i found one, emerald hostel but i started to look the map and i think it's a bit far, right?
hooh..
and it may be that all cheap places are full already, could it be possible? :/

and yeah, it would be awesome to meet couchsurfers in sziget, of course! :)
i believe there's gonna be some meetings during sziget right? yeah! it would be nice, to meet at least some new people :)

But if someone can host just two of us, me and my boyfriend, let me know!
cause couchsurfing would be the best!
or are all from budapest also with tents on that island during festival so no one cannot host?

and sorry all my stupid newbie qustions! :D

Posted March 7th, 2009 - 5:59 pm from Manchester, England
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Posted March 11th, 2009 - 1:25 pm by from Pobiedziska, Poland (Permalink)
The cs camp on Sziget is a great idea! I think we should all meet and set this. It would be great if some people could arrive at 10(or even sooner), so they can reserve a lot of space. I know one thing for sure. If you really want to feel the atmosphere of big festivals you must camp:)

Posted March 14th, 2009 - 8:09 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
Hell yeah...Kir & Jas, a CS area at Sziget sounds like a great idea, I'm so up for it....myself and a couple of friends will be leaving Sydney to come over to the UK for a working holiday but we'll be having some time off first and Sziget will be the first place we go! Woohoo....
And camping really is the only way to go....

Posted March 14th, 2009 - 8:10 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)

I´m in

Posted March 14th, 2009 - 2:27 pm from Manchester, England
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Posted March 15th, 2009 - 10:59 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
Glad you're excited! I think a banner will definitely be in order, but I am so uncoordinated when it comes to that sort of thing...
As for swimming in the river - messages all over the site and also in general on random google search state the Danube is so polluted in Budapest that it is dangerous to swim there....comments anyone?
I'm all for a random drunken dip in the river if it's not gonna kill me....

Posted March 17th, 2009 - 10:20 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Yes, it is recommended to refrain from swimming in that part of the Danube.

About last year's camp: it was posted on both CS and HC that there will be regular meeting hours (like 15:00 and 17:00, or smth like that) at the Dalmat Bar near the World Music Stage, so everyone who felt like meeting up - could go there (some did). :)

About the camping space: we were there with the rest on the day before day Zero to put up our tent, in this shady place near the river. The first thing that worried us was a steep descent that you had to take to get to the place.

What happened the next night - is being completely sober (just arrived to the grounds with one more tent to put up, for possible guests) carefully walking down in the evening darkness we fell off this descent with all the things we carried, getting Anton's elbow and knee badly hurt and Sveta's camera nearly destroyed.

So we took both tents up and put it in front of this descent, to avoid more dangerous falling in the state of happy festive drunkenness.

For this year it would be cool to come and reserve a less tricky place for camping (although we admit that shadow is of vital importance on Sziget). We noticed some decent places last year on the opposite bank of the island, not so crowded, not so steep, in the nearest vicinity of river and with all the shadow needed. :)

Posted March 17th, 2009 - 10:20 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Ah yes - about swimming restrictions:
Pollution is one reason. Other reasons are that the flow of Danube is very strong there. Also some people said that bottom of the river is not all nice, even, and sandy - there are some big rocks, large bits of garbage etc.

So, weigh your risks.

If you really feel like swimming - maybe it will be better to choose either one of many Budapest's swimming pools and spa, or the part of Danube that's accessible from Margit Sziget (Margaret Island).

Posted March 18th, 2009 - 7:32 pm from Manchester, England
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Posted March 18th, 2009 - 9:43 pm from Manchester, England
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Posted March 19th, 2009 - 4:03 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Yes, it was quite easy to find, and I think if we try to be better organized this year (knowing all the complexities of the previous camps) we could maybe arrange signs to put around the area and maps to post here and on HC forum.

World Music Stage also sounds good - the concerts never last all night there, so won't be a problem to sleep, plus they did have a great camping area there last year... And it's soooo close to Dalmat we won't miss out any meetings! :)

Posted March 22nd, 2009 - 10:45 am from Manchester, England
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Posted March 25th, 2009 - 6:10 pm by from Mohacs, Hungary (Permalink)
wohoo im excited as well;) see you all there!

Posted April 13th, 2009 - 2:46 pm by from Georgetown, Guyana (Permalink)
hi!
now i'm coming alone from finland :/
but it's okay for me if i found some friends from CS'ers :)
that CS camp sounds cool if there would find people with same rock'n'roll and party spirit to hang around!

hope to meet lots of new people and party through that great fest!

Posted April 15th, 2009 - 6:02 am by from Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico (Permalink)
hey! I'm totally in! just need to fit it into my schedule, anyone knows how much money we have to bring apart from the 150Euro for the whole week?

Posted April 15th, 2009 - 11:54 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Well, Nacho, not so far away from the festival grounds (10 minutes by foot) there is an Auchan - one great opportunity to eat and drink cheaply. During the festival Auchan's parking lot looks like a huge crazy picnic - lots of people eat, drink and sleep there in the daytime.
Inside the festival ground there are lots of food tents (of all cuisines) and bars, but food & drinks are noticeably more expensive there than in the city. If memory is not failing us, you should expect to pay approximately 400 HUF for 0.5 of local beer, cocktails are more expensive and can be served in huge portions in a plastic bucket, like the one kids usually play with on a beach.
There are also some extreme-fun facilities like sliding above the ground on the ropes, etc - that costs something - and there are tents providing ropes and balls for poi-dancing and juggling.

There are also free kinds of fun, like making clay-pots in an arts&crafts tent, or making photos using cyanotypia technology, or creating cool things out of garbage in recycling tent, so you will be equally happy with 1000 EUR or with 100.

It is not allowed to bring in drinks to the festival, but stories of lucky smuggling are not unknown. ;-)

Posted April 15th, 2009 - 6:16 pm by from Rouen, France (Permalink)
HEllo!!
I'm Coming alone from France to sziget and i want to come before the festival for discover Honguray.. If you Knew people who accept to receive me, tell me ;)
So have fun and good festival

See you later

Julien

Posted April 15th, 2009 - 9:18 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Hello Julien,

There is still plenty of time before August, so you can make a plan (which places in Hungary you would like to visit) and send personal couch requests to people in selected cities - that always works more effectively.

If you need any advice on where to go and what to see - Hungary Group should be able to help: http://www.couchsurfing.com/group.html?gid=204

Best of luck!

Posted April 15th, 2009 - 11:46 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Wuuki, from our experience Sziget is mostly people of rock'n'roll and party spirit :)) So, don't worry about finding like-minded people - that should not be a problem :))

Posted April 15th, 2009 - 3:36 pm by from Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico (Permalink)
Thanks a lot for your help Sveta and Anton!
I think I'll make a budget for about 150Eur for the whole week... and about the activities I prefer to talk with people being as I probably won't know anybody I would like to make some friends and know all abour their cultures,
Anyways thanks a lot!

Posted April 15th, 2009 - 6:01 pm from Manchester, England
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Posted April 15th, 2009 - 9:01 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Brilliant idea about the CS-camp post!
Let's start the discussion!

Posted April 15th, 2009 - 9:24 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Started the thread right there:
http://www.couchsurfing.com/group_read.html?gid=16428&post=2745352

Posted May 2nd, 2009 - 9:26 pm by from Cambridge, United States (Permalink)
Hi everyone !

I'm coming to sziget with 3-5 friends (only 3 bought tckts...so far ) and this posts sounds really great , we'd love to join the camping CS.

regarding the alcohol prices some of you mentioned earlier - do the pubs on the island work all night, or do you have to get u'r booze early? same question regarding the supermarket...

Thanks ,and really looking forward to this!

Posted May 5th, 2009 - 7:09 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Festival's bars and cafes work 24/7, Auchan must have a different schedule...

Posted April 15th, 2009 - 9:20 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Yes, we just calculated that 5 000 - 10 000 HUF a day would be a decent budget, so your choice of 150 EUR for the whole week sounds like a good decision.

Posted May 2nd, 2009 - 9:51 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
10 000 HUF a day is too much:Dbut it depends how much you want to drink ha ha:)
im hungarian and i take always maximum 3000 HUF a day (but i bring food with me and drink alcohol outside too so..:)