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Posted October 5th, 2009 - 4:36 pm by from Oss, Netherlands (Permalink)
Hi everyone, I don't know if this question is a good topic.

At my last wintercamp in Warsaw the organisation took care about the couches for hosting.

About this Wintercamp I would like to know if we have to request for couches in the area or will this organised by the organisation team.

I'm already talking many dutchies into joining but they all have asked me this questions.

I think if everyone starts asking all Most active couchsurfers in budapest that some people will be overwelmed by all the emails that are sent to them while some people lower on the list might even not get any request at all.

Greetings,

Maikel.

Posted October 6th, 2009 - 5:59 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Hey Maikel,

this year the Wintercamp will be a real CAMP, in that respect that we shall try to secure around 300 beds/floorplaces on location.
The Campsite is an abandoned factory site turned into an avant garde theatre/cultural center, three larger rooms and a hostel will be rearranged for those who wish to experience to lo-location for a few days.
We are working on the sanitary infrastructure, and once it is done, we shall publish the details.
The registration site should be ready in any days as well, then people can book a floorplace, a camper bed or hostel type of accomoddation on site, plus we have a city center hostel for back up for those who want to stay in the city center, and could not get a couch confirmed.

We shall keep you guys posted..
get prepared for much fun, cheers Andras

Posted October 7th, 2009 - 12:48 pm from Karimunjawa, Indonesia
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Posted October 7th, 2009 - 4:02 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
hallo Fabian,
Should I say think about Siberia :-) ??

huge room with wood floor for camping mattresses and sleeping bags.. earplugs, eye-shades ..
we consider one room can take about 60.
the other room has concrete floor here we need to put up military camp-style beds, plus hostel room sup to 6-8 beds etc.
I cannot tell prices yet depending on how much we need to invest into heating and sanitary units..
of course you may look for individual couches, shame I cannot host as will stay on site with the other "prisoners" :-) ..
hot tea/coffe breakfast and one warm meal a day will be accessable .. there is a huge TESCO supermarket in a 10 minute tramride range.
New Years Eve party will be on top of Gellert Hill at the Citadel. but will not disclose more..
get prepared for fun!! cheers Andras



Posted October 11th, 2009 - 8:16 am by from Oss, Netherlands (Permalink)
Hey Andras, Thanx for your reply.

I have linked your threat in the Eindhoven group as I know many people that are flying from Eindhoven with Wizzair.

Greetings,

Maikel.

Posted October 13th, 2009 - 2:33 pm by from Quievrechain, France (Permalink)
Wow, that all sounds interesting...

Looking forward to see it. It will be a very alternative camp ;-)

Cheers,


Pierre.

Posted October 19th, 2009 - 6:07 pm by from Zoetermeer, Netherlands (Permalink)
Hey all!

When can we expect more info about the BWC?
A link to the website, submeetings, the alternative accomodation etc?

Thank you!


Posted October 19th, 2009 - 6:19 pm by from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Permalink)
yeah im really looking forward to that :)

Budapest winter camp here i come!

Posted October 19th, 2009 - 8:25 pm by from Bangkok, Thailand (Permalink)
Hopefully everything will get well soon :)
I already have my flight tickets and I'll stay longer than the camp so I need to plan a little and every information is useful!
Thank you guys for all your work,I'll be waiting for more news!

Posted October 19th, 2009 - 8:13 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Sorry guys for keeping you waiting, due to a fatal accident /a TV set exploded in the house of our web developer, we are like 10 days behind our planning project.

All should be ready by 1st of November.

cheers Andras

Posted October 19th, 2009 - 8:24 pm by from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Permalink)
wow TV exploded ! :)

Posted October 19th, 2009 - 10:44 pm from Utrecht, Netherlands
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Posted October 21st, 2009 - 12:03 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
We do not let pirates in this time :-) !!

Welcome back Piete !!!
we shall do a canoe trip next year as well!!

--
for thos ewho wnat to extend their stay we poropse two trips, one around the Balaton and one to Pécs, cultural capital of Europe 2010, submeetings are opened to show your interests..
cheers Andras

Posted October 21st, 2009 - 5:03 pm by from Trencin, Slovakia (Permalink)
We are also looking forward for the alternative accommodation, but it looks like we will have to bombard locals with CS requests :) (we don't want to sleep in old factory like soldiers ;))

BTW, TVs implode don't they?

Posted November 1st, 2009 - 11:50 pm from Utrecht, Netherlands
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Posted November 2nd, 2009 - 9:27 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Hold out Pieter, we are finalizing the floorplan today!!
will release basic plan tonight.. cheers Andras

Posted November 2nd, 2009 - 7:53 pm by from Horten, Norway (Permalink)
Looking forward to the info :) Thanks.

Posted November 2nd, 2009 - 9:40 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
The WinterCamp main site location is finalized.

http://www.bakelitstudio.hu/alaprajz.php

The site is in Hungarian but you can see that the room Hangar will be the site of the in house parties and gatherings and the other rooms will be allocated for floorspace for about 250 spots each about 205cm x 80 /where you can place your own floor mat for your sleeping bags and about 100 spots in a converted store room, with military beds. He

Kindly update your Event registration with proper in and out dates and in free form text the preference for floorspace or bed.
likewise for the proper percentage of coming to join us.

Our website is still not ready .. expecting this in any moments but wanted to update you..

Rough program:
29 DEC Goulash making workshop/regular CS dinner this time for about 300 surfers
30 DEC Ice skating / bath visit/ Meet the real EU Ambassador to Hungary / International night on site/ party ..
31 DEC House of terror visit / free hug and HAKA action / New Years Eve party on top of Gellert Hill inside the Citadel
01 JAN city walk/bath/skating/Statue Park visit/after party
02 JAN other optionals like touring Balaton Lake or Pécs the cultural caliptal of Europe 2010 / Party at Dürer kert
03 JAN departures

this is just a rough scheme, the details will follow on the website..

thanks for your patience..
the organizers and Andras





Posted November 2nd, 2009 - 9:49 pm by from Horten, Norway (Permalink)
Sounds fantastic! :D

Posted November 3rd, 2009 - 7:15 am from Munich, Germany
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Posted November 3rd, 2009 - 9:15 am by from Bangkok, Thailand (Permalink)
Sounds great!
Can't wait for it :)

Posted November 4th, 2009 - 5:24 pm from Utrecht, Netherlands
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Posted November 4th, 2009 - 6:48 pm by from Zoetermeer, Netherlands (Permalink)
Thanks, Pieter, was about to post the same.

(see you tomorrow!)

Posted November 4th, 2009 - 9:59 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
maybe some locals could help with sleeping mat...

In my case i have 1 inflatable mattress 150X200cm and i smaller camp mat.

I wouldnt mind to lend it to people... i would ask for a caution though (cause they are new and i dont want to loose them or have them totally damaged). mattress back in good shape = money back...

just an idea...

Mary

Posted November 4th, 2009 - 10:05 pm from Munich, Germany
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Posted November 5th, 2009 - 9:39 am by from Bangkok, Thailand (Permalink)
I like the idea of staying all together in the same space during the camp...it sounds like the idea behind a "camp" :)
But just to be sure to have a place to sleep my girlfriend Mietta and I booked a hostel...and we are ready to cancel the reservation in case :)
So I'll be waiting to have more info about the accomodation ;)

Ric

Posted November 5th, 2009 - 12:03 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
There will be a difference in participation fee if bed need or floor space only..
about 10 euros surcharge for 5 nights as wee need to pay for the transportation of the beds, and a small renting fee.. etc etc..
all this will be visible by sunday night latest. cheers A

Posted November 12th, 2009 - 12:55 pm by from Munich, Germany (Permalink)
Hi Andras and hi all,
I have no experience in WC this one will be my first one. I'm sure of attending it because I'm already organizing my journey to Budapest. How do I "book" (I know it's not an hotel :D ) or confirm our partecipation to the camp so that I can have a spot for sleeping in the hostel? Once your website is ready there will be a sort of booking page or something like that. I really have no clues how these things work!

Thank you in advance

Marco

Posted November 13th, 2009 - 7:07 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Ciao Marco,
This will be a first for many of us, as finally there will be sort of foam mattresses for all participants staying on the upper floors of the Campsite building and about military beds for those who stay in formal store room where military beds will be placed.
Please update your event partcicipation with in and out dates.. please observe that this system is based on American thinking so give the hour and minute of the arrival and then click on the exact day, ozherwise the system will record the minute you entered the information and not your estimated time.
Once we have our registration site working we shall communicate this and invite you all to register and prepay the participation fee .. the amount and payment method will be detailed there as well..
As soon as the programs items a re finalized we open sub meetings, where you can sign up already.
Please follow up the event descriptions .
We are working hard as we are a bit behind our targeted deadlines, but rest assured this will be cool and memorable for sure! Cheers Andras

Posted November 18th, 2009 - 8:40 pm by from Zoetermeer, Netherlands (Permalink)
How does/will it work with the preference for a mattress or bed?

Posted November 19th, 2009 - 7:55 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
first come first served.. this is a CAMP .. so bring sleeping bag anyway.. the beds are old military stuff, will try to clean them as not in use for long time, but the beds a re in a concrete floored ex stire romm mabye quiter than the rooms inside the public areas,
so bring eyeshades earplugs etc.. will be noisy I think, but those rooms has wodden floors .. all rooms are heated .. but bring warm cloth anyway..
will be great fun!! cheers Andras

Posted November 19th, 2009 - 10:19 am from Utrecht, Netherlands
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Posted November 19th, 2009 - 11:28 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
no no.
no need for air beds.. we have found 8cm foam matrasses..
for the floor guests, this is why we have a flat fee now..
cheers Andras

Posted November 19th, 2009 - 2:55 pm by from Zoetermeer, Netherlands (Permalink)
Pieter, I think he means that you'll have a something to sleep on no matter what; you just don't know what (bed or mattress) till you get there.

Right?


(Tot vanavond! :-))

Posted November 19th, 2009 - 3:01 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
inderdaad!!
/the beda are in forma store romms with concrete floor, and the matresses are on wooden floor..
the materss rooms maybe noisyier as closer to the HANGAR , so eye shades, earplugs are recomended anyway..

tot ziens Andras

Posted November 23rd, 2009 - 7:14 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hello,

I couldn't see any comment on showers, WC, hot water and other kind of daily needs. I am sure you are prepared but could you please inform us if there is enough establishment for everyone?

Thanks
Elif

Posted November 23rd, 2009 - 7:41 pm by from Leipzig, Germany (Permalink)
Hi!
Is there any safety control in the camp or place to leave some luggage?
I wouldn't like to have all my spare clothes stolen....

Thanks

Vi

Posted November 23rd, 2009 - 7:49 pm by from Zurich, Switzerland (Permalink)
Will some meals be included? What cooking facilities will be available, if any? Will we have access to a place to clean dishes? To cook? To store food? A fridge? Is there a store nearby? Where?

I am expecting organizers to get dozens of questions like this and the previous ones, but couldn't find any information about it anywhere (except for the mention of a Tesco, and a possibly-outdated message mentioning one hot meal and breakfast per day)...

Posted November 23rd, 2009 - 8:41 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
No meals are included in the camp itself,
no personal cooking/washing facilities inside the camp.. it is an abandoned factory turned into an avant garde cultural center, but there is a bar and the caretaker will provide simple breakfast and smaller food like hamburger or sausages.
there is a large Tesco a few tramstops away.
This Saturday and Sunday we shall have more acces to the place, will clean it up etc,
We shall include the Tuesday regular dinner, the goulash workshop, during the international night you may offer some foodstuff to each other.

Each guest will get maps and the final program at Check in.

there will be volunteers to provide information non stop.

see you!! Andras

Posted November 24th, 2009 - 12:04 am by from Solna, Sweden (Permalink)
Hi Andras,

I think all these answers related to the camp should go somewhere on the website (maybe on the CAMP Accommodation page).
Questions put earlier are very reasonable and I think anyone that will stay at this camp would like to know prior to their visit there all these details! And it saves you a lot of time and energy instead of answering each of these questions! :)

One thing scares me: how many toilets can there be for 340 people living in that place for 6 days?!?!

See you there,
Silvia


Posted November 24th, 2009 - 12:20 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Will count them on Saturday, but the used to have parties there for 700 persons before..
Paul is helping with the FAQ page David will upload it!
thanks cheers Andras

Posted November 23rd, 2009 - 8:30 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
There are no smaller lockers, but there is one bigger room with a metallic door and lock , and Roberto who is the Sheriff :-)) of the wintercamp will work out a system to store extra valuable things like laptops purese etc.
There will be 24h security.. noone may enter the Camp without a wristband and special colors will be for residents and non residents..
no visitors will be allowed no resident will be be allowed without a CS or HC profile.
bring smaller backpack locks, eyeshades earplugs..
It will be a C A M P :-) ..
cheers Andras

Posted November 23rd, 2009 - 8:24 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Hi Elif,
there are some showers, toilets, but hot water may run out fast, this is why we recommend people to visit public bath houses, you shall get 5x 20% discount vouchers valid to all of these in Budapest.
We shall organize 3 joint visits, if you like and you may go when you like as well, Szechenyi is open from 7 to 10pm.


cheers A

Posted November 25th, 2009 - 5:26 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
I was this afternoon at the CAMP and counted about 30 toilet units.. on the upper level are very good, the ones on the stire room level wher ethe beds will be have seen better days.. Saturday/Sunday we shall be like 20 volunteers to clean up those as well to a better shape.
there are like 10 showers that is more like a bottleneck, bit the toilets next to the HANGAR party room have moder wash basins with hot and cold water.
cheers Andras

Posted November 25th, 2009 - 9:32 pm by from Solna, Sweden (Permalink)
That sounds reasonable! :)
Good luck with the cleaning work in the weekend!!!!

You are all great for arranging this huge event!
Silvia

Posted November 26th, 2009 - 4:41 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted November 26th, 2009 - 5:36 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Budapest is known for the bathes, we shall organize some bath visits like 3, each visitor will get 5 dicount coupons that are valid in evrey bath of Budapest.. Gellert is the most exclusie but Szechenyi is the biggest. you will find links at out info pages and the wiki at the Budapest group.. or google these.. cheers A


Posted November 26th, 2009 - 5:44 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted November 26th, 2009 - 9:48 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
sure, but we close the advance registrations on the 18th of December, so please decide before that!

This period is not easy in Budapest. Most people return just for New Year, so this is we decided to organize the real CAMP, otherwis ether will be not enough hosts.
Hostels tend to charge also more for New Year.
We give a discounte dprice if you book early as we need to pay for bed transportatiom a rental fee etc.
if you pay in Budapest will be a highe rprice. se the website for details please,
See you soon cheers Andras