A great gift idea for the holidays: ReConnect Hungary Birthright trip!
Your loved one will experience exclusive events, quality programs, networking opportunities and friendships to last a lifetime. Read More ...
A special message from Allison Pataki
Watch this powerful message from our Ambassador, Allison Pataki, whose Hungarian heritage is a source of pride and an integral... Read More ...
And the winner is... Jordyn Barone from Washington!
Congratulations to Jordyn, the winner of the Online Hungarian Language Course. Read More ...
Application deadline extended until January 31, 2018!
We have good news for the new year: you can still apply for the 2018 Hungarian birthright trip! Read More ...
- Apply for ReConnect Hungary 2018 by December 11 and win an Online Hungarian Language Course worth $300!
Apply for the 2019 Hungarian Birthright Program today!
Applications for the 2019 ReConnect Hungary Birthright Program are finally open! Read More ...
Best meal on a hot Summer day: cold Hungarian sour cherry soup!
Sour cherry soup (meggyleves) is a traditional summertime treat in Hungary. Read More ...
Budapest to Host Swimming Championships in 2027
If you missed the FINA World Aquatics Championships held in Budapest in 2017, do not fret, you will have another... Read More ...
Christmas is coming!
This year’s Hungarian Christmas Market will be held on December 14, 2019 at the American Hungarian Foundation in New Brunswick, New... Read More ...
Dinner Demo with Chef Jeremy Salamon at the Hungarian Library in NYC
Don't miss this amazing culinary event! Space is limited so apply as soon as you can. Read More ...
Kristina Knechtl shares her experience on ReConnect Hungary and ReConnect Transylvania
When you think of Transylvania, Dracula immediately comes to mind, at least that was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard that ReConnect Hungary was offering an additional week in the beautiful countryside of Romania.
I admit I was skeptical at first about going. Transylvania was an extra week away from my job and I did not have any familial ties to the area. However, one look at the itinerary and the photos from last year’s trip easily convinced me that this is something I should be doing. So, taking the leap I signed up for that additional week in Transylvania not knowing exactly what to expect but glad to have the opportunity to experience more Hungarian culture and history while I was going to be overseas. The ReConnect Hungary trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I made new friends and met relatives I never knew existed. However, at the end of the trip to Hungary, I was thankful I wasn’t flying back to New York just yet. Instead, I had the opportunity to fly to Kolozsvár with other ReConnected Participants. Arriving in the small airport in Transylvania I could already tell the ambiance of this trip was going to be quite the contrast to the rush of the city scene we experienced in Budapest. The landscape was sprawling with open grasslands and dense forests, mountains loomed in the background. In Kolozsvár we met up with our tour guides Zsolt and Zsolt who were quite the pair. Over the next few days, our group experienced Transylvania by van staying at a different quaint B&B each night. The itinerary Zsolt had prepared for us included the best highlights of the region. The Salina Turda salt mine was one of my favorite excursions. The mine felt like something straight out of a sci-fi film. There were dark corridors leading to different rooms with crystallized chunks of salt hanging from the ceiling. The bottom of the mine held an underground lake where we rented boats and rowed around the dark water. The Turda Gorge was also a natural wonder. A canyon cut through limestone guaranteed breathtaking views from every angle. There we had the opportunity to zipline down into the valley. Each day was an adventure whether we were swimming in the salty water of Bear Lake or climbing the 3,700-foot high mountain called Székelykő. Besides the outings, the food was always delicious. Each B&B served homemade authentic Hungarian food, dare I say that a lot of it tasted even better than any of the dishes I tried over in Hungary. I truly enjoyed every day I had in Transylvania. I would recommend the trip to anyone who is interested in experiencing more of the area and learning about Hungarian diaspora. The memories made there will stay with me forever. No longer is Transylvania the faraway place where Dracula was born, now it means so much more. Mark Twain had the right idea when he said, “twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.