Do you know what BUEK means? If you cel­e­brate the New Year togeth­er with AEGEE-Budapest and AEGEE-Pécs, you will come across this abbre­vi­a­tion for sure. It stands for “I wish you a hap­py new year” in this very spe­cial lan­guage. In case you want to spend the last days of this year in some of the most beau­ti­ful cities in Europe, go wine­tast­ing or swim­ming in a hot open air spa, then this is the place to be. The title of the event is “Win­ter Won­der­land — Mag­ic will find you in BudaPécs”, it starts on the 27th of Decem­ber and ends on the 3rd of Jan­u­ary. The fee is 145 Euros, plus and option­al fee of 25 Euros. Alto­geth­er 25 peo­ple can come. “We only have a cou­ple of places left”, says Mar­cell Buzás, one of the organ­is­ers. And the dead­line is approach­ing soon: it’s tomor­row, 20th of Novem­ber.

GT: There are so many New Year’s events this year, why should our mem­bers attend yours?
Organ­is­ing team: By apply­ing to our event you will get the com­bi­na­tion of fun and relax­ation, a dense yet bal­anced pro­gramme with the call words of wine tast­ing, ice-skat­ing, spa time and Christ­mas mar­kets, equal­ly con­tribut­ing to the Win­ter Won­der­land expe­ri­ence. All this is brought to you by two dif­fer­ent locals in two mul­ti­cul­tur­al cities. More­over, we still have a few secrets and sur­pris­es that are wait­ing for you to explore — mag­ic will find you in BudaPécs!

Take a ride on the Christ­mas tram!

GT: The 25 par­tic­i­pants will vis­it Budapest and Pécs. Every­one knows Budapest. What is Pécs like?
Organ­is­ing team: We have received a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back in the past that Pécs should do more inter­na­tion­al events. So here we are ful­fill­ing your demands. We are a small, but enthu­si­as­tic and expe­ri­enced group of orga­niz­ers who are com­mit­ted to enjoy the event with you from the begin­ning to the end. The city of Pécs itself is the fifth biggest city in Hun­gary and often described by these words: his­tor­i­cal, mul­ti­cul­tur­al, roman­tic and hip­ster. We also have a uni­ver­si­ty with ten fac­ul­ties and around 30.000 stu­dents, with nice bars and restau­rants, stu­dent friend­ly clubs, most of them in a walk­a­ble dis­tance in a pret­ty city where you can enjoy all that.

GT: Ice-skat­ing in Városliget, the park in the cen­tre of Budapest, is leg­endary. What can you tell peo­ple about it who haven’t been there? 
Organ­is­ing team: It is one of the largest and old­est ice rinks in Europe. It’s locat­ed in the mid­dle of our won­der­ful city park, sur­round­ed by some of the most beau­ti­ful and most famous build­ings in Budapest! On the huge rink you will def­i­nite­ly feel like you are in a roman­tic win­ter movie with your new friends watch­ing all the hap­py peo­ple around you. You don’t want to miss this expe­ri­ence!

Expe­ri­ence the amaz­ing spa expe­ri­ence in win­ter!

GT: Will there be oth­er win­ter or snow relat­ed activ­i­ties?
Organ­is­ing team: Since the name of our event is “Win­ter Won­der­land”, every­thing will be relat­ed to win­ter! We will show our par­tic­i­pants all the best things we love about Hun­gar­i­an win­ter: drink­ing mulled wine while it’s freez­ing out­side, walk­ing around the famous Christ­mas Fair in Budapest, relax­ing in the hot water of a spa and hav­ing a real Win­ter Won­der­land themed New Year’s Eve par­ty! If we are lucky, we might even have some real snow for our event…

GT: Will the group go wine tast­ing? Where exact­ly? What will hap­pen there?
Organ­is­ing team: In AEGEE-Pécs we have quite good con­nec­tions with a few wine pro­duc­ers in the wine regions sur­round­ing the city of Pécs. This time we are going to the Vil­lány wine region where we will be hav­ing a wine­tast­ing with around ten dif­fer­ent types of wine from which we will be able to taste back the ones we liked the most. Dur­ing the past years we have done sev­er­al suc­cess­ful wine tast­ings in our local and inter­na­tion­al events. Wine flows gen­er­ous­ly, the mood is ele­vat­ing con­tin­u­ous­ly, peo­ple are open­ing up more and more, gen­er­al­ly result­ing in awe­some after-par­ties and things that we trust on your imag­i­na­tions. What makes it even bet­ter? The fact that it is includ­ed in the fee!

Take a group pic­ture at the big BUDAPEST let­ters at the Christ­mas mar­ket!

GT: Peo­ple will vis­it also a spa? Is it the leg­endary Széchenyi Ther­mal Bath with its open pools? How do we have to imag­ine that?
Organ­is­ing team: Just imag­ine that it’s around zero or minus degrees out­side, but you are relax­ing in a hot pool with your friends, watch­ing the stars in the sky or even play­ing chess in the water! The spa has three huge pools out­side, and 15 more inside with saunas, aqua fit­ness and leisure pools with jacuzzi and whirlpool. Once you’re in Budapest, it’s a must!

GT: Can you say more about the New Year’s night par­ty?
Organ­is­ing team: We will make it unfor­get­table: we will cre­ate our true Win­ter Won­der­land for this night! Snowflakes every­where, Christ­mas lights, Christ­mas tree, win­ter orna­ments, cham­pagne… Every­thing what comes to your mind when you think of win­ter. Also, this part of the event will be a bit big­ger than our orig­i­nal head­count, we are open­ing the doors for our new and old mem­bers to enjoy it with us, so you can expect a prop­er AEGEE crowd to wel­come the New Year with.

Vis­it beau­ti­ful Pécs!

GT: Any­thing else that makes the event spec­tac­u­lar?
Organ­is­ing team: The joint expe­ri­ence of two awe­some orga­niz­er teams, activ­i­ties that we also love and enjoy con­densed into six days with hol­i­day spir­it and last but not least the care­ful selec­tion of the best peo­ple, who will real­ly deserve to spend an out­stand­ing event with us to be remem­bered for the years to come.

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