We knew about Battir that it’s and UNESCO World Heritage Site and that’s why we asked Michael, our guide in Palestine, to drive us there and show us around the village. What we didn’t know is that this village has such a strong story behind and so many great people working hard to change mentalities and show Battir’s true value.
Two of the four days we spent in Israel were dedicated to exploring a bit the country and going out of the cities. It was a very good idea with all the good weather we had. We had 2 long days in which we discovered the Sea, two deserts and long abandoned ancient fortresses and cities.
Hungary first formed as a state in the year 1000, when King Istvan (Stephen) was crowned. About 200 years later the Mongols invaded eastern Europe, including Hungary, during the dynamic westward expansion of the Mongol Empire and of course left the country a complete mess. It was after this that the rulers of the country decided to invest time and effort in a stronger defense mechanism and this is how the first fortified castles appeared.
We always have a vacation in September as it’s not that hot anymore, not that full of tourists everywhere, the prices are lower and the weather is still quite good for staying outside. This year, we changed plans a few times before actually choosing the final destination, and as the weather up in the mountains was not looking too good, we said that a road trip in Hungary will do the trick.
4000 kilometers and 15 days of exploring and experiencing what this country is all about. The trip started with a mixture of ideas, feelings, emotions and it ended with an even bigger mixture of all mentioned above. But at least, in the end, some of my questions got the answers I was hoping for. Sometimes, maybe, I got more answers than needed, but it was helpful in getting a more clear view of the reality surrounding South Africa.