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Posted February 13th, 2008 - 7:06 am by from Calgary, Canada (Permalink)
Welcome to the group, Couchers! (This is the part where I would write "welcome" in Hungarian--if I knew what it was--so, instead, I'll just say, "Szervusz!")

I am sooo looking forward to getting out there this August, especially as this sounds like a fantastic time in years past. It will be my first time out for any such event in the "Old World" and that's probably the appeal. Originally from Poland, I know that no one throws a party like eastern Europeans!

As there were some 400 thousand people there last year, let's make a point of finding each other out there for some CouchSurfing goodness. I can't wait...


Posted February 13th, 2008 - 12:14 pm by from Tartu, Estonia (Permalink)
hell yeah!

been going there for a couple of years and will be joining you there this august as well (iris, i saw you are already a member of this group, so it means i'll be seeing you once again?)

basically the thing we did (actually i think lydia organized it) was to have all the CS guys and gals meet up on day 0 before the nokia party arena (it seems to be the right place to meet). we had a nice meet and greet and agreed upon future plans. the organization - which seemed to work pretty good and was later augmented by exchanging phone numbers and tent locations - was:

every time there was a concert on main stage, the people who wanted to meet up would meet 20-15 min before the concert at the arany azok (the main type of beer you are gonna be drinkin) bar that was right across the field from main stage.

then at 23:30 (or was it 22:30?) all the people who wanted would meet up in front of nokia party arena to kickstart the madness of allnight partying together.

ah, and you could always meet friends in the line for krishna-food :)

some people where at the locations all the time, some came every once in a while, some showed up for the first meet and were never heard of again. but the main thing was that you met loads of people who were as crazy as you and stuck around for the whole festival. so, doing a meet-up on day zero (or, i think, day minus one, this year) will definitely be a good thing.

buy your tickets and start stocking up on sleep (not gonna get much over there)

Posted February 15th, 2008 - 2:09 pm from Manchester, England
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Posted March 1st, 2008 - 4:55 pm by from Hamburg, Germany (Permalink)
Hej Peeter!
Hm, I don't know yet... My blue bus is gone and I hate tents. I have to find somebody going there with a camper - there will so much beer to hide!!
I'd love to come, but I am not sure...
We'll see!

Posted March 9th, 2008 - 7:44 pm by from Calgary, Canada (Permalink)
You know we'll be looking at you to steer this ship, Peeter!

Welcome to you both, Kirsty and Jason.

And Iris, quit pissin' around and get there! The only reason I'm going is that two of your countrywomen (of course, they're from "eastern" Germany, but you're close enough) have made it impossible for me to say, "Nein." In a camping pinch, these fine citizens of Budapest, I'm sure, would be more than willing to ease your worried mind with a welcome Couch!

Eh? Eh!

Posted March 9th, 2008 - 7:47 pm by from Calgary, Canada (Permalink)
Now, how about the rest of ya fawkers that signed up for the group? Sure, it's months and months away but let's get some love, people!

(Oh, it's so sad to be replying to my own posts. Don't make me do it again, people. Because I will!)

Posted March 10th, 2008 - 4:16 pm from Manchester, England
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Posted March 10th, 2008 - 6:36 pm by from Calgary, Canada (Permalink)
I know, I know...I need to create a second account to not make me seem like a loser! (It's just that I want this thing to go off sooo well.)

I hope that the "secret tips" come as we get closer. If not, I'm gonna unleash The Cat on the unsuspecting CouchSurfing public! (The Germans can vouch for his unflinching ferocity!)

Go ahead: dare me to do it! (Mind you, gimme some time while I teach him to type...)

Posted March 11th, 2008 - 9:09 am by from Flers, France (Permalink)
szia (hello in hungarian)

i won't let you answer to this post :p

so i came in sziget the last year, meet a lot of people (french -yes we invade the place at this period -but not only french) and enjoy the ambiaonce.
so i'm not sure i'll go this year (depends of work and time) but i'm at 63%yes and 37% no :p

and if you want to meet me personnaly during the festival, it is simple, if your path cross a guy with a hat and a balloon on it (flower, hearth, ...), you'll have a lot of chance that it is me :p

so maybe see you next summer around a arany aszok

vizlat (good bye)

Posted March 12th, 2008 - 11:09 pm by from Tartu, Estonia (Permalink)
KIR&JAS, it's hard to give out a complete list of tips and tricks (as if i'd know them all), but you can ask and i would try to answer.

as to seeing all the bands and getting the most out of the festival - i have always felt that with sziget the bands might not actually be the main thing. i mean, of course i come for them, but there is so much to do and so much to see all the time that you actually wouldn't mind if you had to skip one of the headliners for a small local band or to play stomp on one of the huge metal trashbins (a thing that might get you actually thrown off the island as i later found out).

all in all - sziget is atmosphere and people first and music seconds. at least this is how I see it.

Posted April 9th, 2008 - 4:59 pm by from Calgary, Canada (Permalink)
All right, people! Do you want a "welcome" one by one? Because I'll do it--don't make me!

Instead, feel free to introduce yourself here and save yourself further nagging by one--not me!--friendly Canadian...

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Posted April 16th, 2008 - 10:33 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
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Posted June 3rd, 2008 - 11:40 am by from Rome, Italy (Permalink)
I'm coming!!! I managed to organize it with my jobs so i will be in Budapest from 14 till 20. Stil haven't decided if to buy the camping ticket or the normal one.. but i've booked the flight so i'm coming for sure!!

Posted July 16th, 2008 - 8:22 pm from Adelaide, Australia
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Posted July 17th, 2008 - 9:56 am by from Noumea, New Caledonia (Permalink)
Hi Ruby,
I have to come from Marseille lets me know hou you join Budapest. For the moment I plan to go by bus new east. There is a pass with ticket camps, and buses for 270 euros

I'll bring my tent as well so If somebody needs a couch tent lol ( my brother should have gone but now he don't want to spend as much time in a bus )

Posted July 18th, 2008 - 10:49 pm from Adelaide, Australia
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Posted July 19th, 2008 - 10:23 am by from Noumea, New Caledonia (Permalink)
no idea don't book yet. But it seems to be easier as registration in Glastonnburry festival.