I met Milan through the Warmshowers social network. Something such as Couchsurfing, but specifically for bicycle travelers. It was my first Warmshowers experience and it was a great one. Milan and his family are my benchmark for Hungarian hospitality. I had a pleasant ride to Bölcske, Hungary, but had to push the bike to arrive there on time. As some already know me, I didn’t arrive on time.

Tired and a bit nervous to what to expect, I was warmly welcomed by Milan and his parents. I got fed delicious pizza, with the produce of their farm. Drank the home made rakia, wine and beer. Milan taught me about Hungarian culture, his experience traveling from Denmark to Barcelona by bike,  and about the families vineyards.

I told Milan about an strange encounter on the way to his home, the road between Dunaföldvar en Bolcske. In the middle of nowhere while I was sending a text message, a woman with a strange walk and a crooked eye, passed me by and returned slightly after and started talking to me. After a few attempts to explain to her I didn’t understand what she was trying to say, she emphasized on the word sex. I kindly refused the offer and went on my way. When I told Milan about my strange encounter, he told me:

“You will see a lot of strange things in the Balkan”

The day after, we met Alex and Liane in town’s center (they camped in Dunaföldvar), and we visited the vineyards the day after and learned how they try to maintain the craft of wine production. He gave us two bottles of their fine wine, which we enjoyed the night after.

I don’t know when but the postcard from China will arrive.

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The wine cellar

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Grape tasting

Thanks again mate!!!

Milan in front of one the families wine cellars

Milan in front of one the families wine cellars

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One of Milan’s ceramic creations, with the scripture: “The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness”

 

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