Mátészalka

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the ice-cream van''' in the summer. It mostly circles the area of Mátyás Király street and Csokonai street. The Mátyás Király street area is served by a yellow ice cream van offering Family Frost products, the Csokonai street area is served by a blue ice cream van offering Nestlé or Algida products. Passionate verbal warfare is fought among the neighborhood kids over which ice cream van offers tastier ice cream. *'''Take a walk through the calm, suburban areas of the town.''' If you're from


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*'''Provolone Pizzeria''', Kölcsey u. 37., +36-44-418-814 *'''Provolone Vendéglő és Terasz''', Kölcsey u. 35., +36-44-310-736 *'''Borostyán Restaurant Rió Mulató''', Hősök tere 8., +36-44-311-429 *'''Flamingó Restaurant and Pizzeria''', Hősök tere 4. +36-44-310-421 *'''Chinese Restaurant''', Kölcsey u. 36. In the winter, a '''Disznóvágás''' (pig-butchering) takes place in some households, which is similar to the Sautanz of Burgenland,Austria but using less advanced technology. Take note


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*'''Provolone Pizzeria''', Kölcsey u. 37., +36-44-418-814 *'''Provolone Vendéglő és Terasz''', Kölcsey u. 35., +36-44-310-736 *'''Borostyán Restaurant Rió Mulató''', Hősök tere 8., +36-44-311-429 *'''Flamingó Restaurant and Pizzeria''', Hősök tere 4. +36-44-310-421 *'''Chinese Restaurant''', Kölcsey u. 36. In the winter, a '''Disznóvágás''' (pig-butchering) takes place in some households, which is similar to the Sautanz of Burgenland,Austria but using less advanced technology. Take note

. It has a television. *'''Red Rock tavern and music pub''', Erkel Ferenc u. 70. *'''Desperado Pub''', Hősök tere 8., +36-44-310-428 A famous local (albeit non-alcoholic) drink is homemade elderflower syrup diluted with water. Since this is a homemade drink not sold in stores, trying it will be a challenge. Your best bet will be looking for it in the small farmers' market near the city center where sometimes old ladies will sell the syrup, which you can dilute with water to make the drink

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and Helen Klein. His parents were Hungarian


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and chocolates. Very cheap, good quality and tasty. The kids'll think it's Halloween! -Beauty care products, soap, diapers, etc... Very cheap. -Electronic equipment from Eastern Europe, China, sometimes Western products. Interesting items ranging from small portable radios to large home stereos to pirate Nintendos with yellow cartridges. -Kitchen equipment, dishes, knives, appliances. -Car parts. -Toys. Eastern European, Chinese or Western. Doesn't matter, all are very cheap. The kids'll think they're in Disneyland! -More expensive but special items from the East, like pomegranate juice. -Antique items like old clocks, chess sets, soviet souvenirs, porcelain figures. -Live animals. Chickens, ducks, turkeys. -Fruits and vegetables. If you hear good music through the loudspeakers, start dancing to your heart's content! If someone doesn't like it, it's their problem! Don't buy gasoline from the Romanian vendors who walk around the place with a jerrycan in their hands. It is mostly poor-quality gasoline heavily mixed with water. While it will run Dacias and Ladas with a somewhat clunky performance, a Western car could be irreperably damaged by it. (Think of Back to the Future part 3) *'''Visit the farmers'-market''' A bit north of the town center. While not as big and bustling as the flea-market it's still a unique place of Eastern European culture. *'''Visit the indoor swimming-pool and thermal healing bath'''. Southeast, near the TESCO. Hungary is famous for it's thermal baths and spas. Mátészalka also has one. Alkotmány u. 2., the TESCO''' Some Westerners might find it comforting that a little piece of home has also gained a foodhold in this faraway and strange place in the East. Alkotmány út 1 A. *'''Visit a local tavern''' An important part of Hungarian culture. Here, far from Budapest, it's almost totally free of international influences. Be sure to try Pálinka! *'''Buy watermelon off a horse-drawn cart''' when it's in season. The cart mostly circles the north-eastern suburban area (around Mátyás Király street), it's very cheap, refreshing in the summer heat, and usually, they carve a leak into the melon you want to buy, so you can taste whether it's good or bad. Sometimes the watermelon is transported in an old Lada or Dacia car that is driven slowly through the suburban streets, and the car announces it's presence by loud honking. *'''Buy cheap ice cream and other frozen products from the ice-cream van''' in the summer. It mostly circles the area of Mátyás Király street and Csokonai street. The Mátyás Király street area is served by a yellow ice cream van offering Family Frost products, the Csokonai street area is served by a blue ice cream van offering Nestlé or Algida products. Passionate verbal warfare is fought among the neighborhood kids over which ice cream van offers tastier ice cream. *'''Take a walk through the calm, suburban areas of the town.''' If you're from a suburban area yourself, but from a different place, like Western Europe or the USA, take note of the similarities and the differences. Buy Most of the shopping unique to this area can be concluded at the Flea Market. There is a TESCO in the Southeast, and smaller stores in the city center. There is an american-style small local supermarket complete with a small food court called Luca in the west. It tried to bring The West into the town before TESCO arrived. Jármi út 10. There is another western-style supermarket called Profi, near the TESCO. Alkotmány u. 2 a. There is Alfi-ker a kind of transition between an East-block grocery store and a western supermarket, established in the late 1990s. Jármi út 6. +36-44-500-591 Eat There are many restaurants in the city center and the streets leading up to the railway station. Fast food can be obtained in the TESCO and on the flea-market. You can also try a very cheap and very Eastern concept of "fast food": Go into a store, buy some rolls, cheese and sausage, and eat them! Down it with Hungarian beer! *'''Kékfrankos Restaurant''', Kölcsey utca 8., +36-44-300-369. A restaurant near the railway station, offering traditional Hungarian and Central-European dishes and quality wine. *'''Nefelejcs Csárda''', Kórház utca 5. A csárda (traditional Hungarian guesthouse) offering typical Hungarian fare. *'''Szatmár Restaurant''', Kölcsey u. 46. *'''Kristály Hotel and Restaurant''', Eötvös u. 17, +36-44-312-036 *'''Provolone Pizzeria''', Kölcsey u. 37., +36-44-418-814 *'''Provolone Vendéglő és Terasz''', Kölcsey u. 35., +36-44-310-736 *'''Borostyán Restaurant Rió Mulató''', Hősök tere 8., +36-44-311-429 *'''Flamingó Restaurant and Pizzeria''', Hősök tere 4. +36-44-310-421 *'''Chinese Restaurant''', Kölcsey u. 36. In the winter, a '''Disznóvágás''' (pig-butchering) takes place in some households, which is similar to the Sautanz of Burgenland ,Austria but using less advanced technology. Take note though, that here, it is usually a private party of sorts between family and close friends and there are no restaurants and buffets which sell the products of the Disznóvágás to strangers. One reason for this is that nowadays, pig-butcherings are sporadic, except in smaller villages in the region, and because of this, there arent't enough Disznóvágás products available at once to host such eateries. Another rural and suburban partylike-event connected to eating is '''Szalonnasütés''' (literally: bacon-roasting), which is enjoyed by many people. It is similar to the Anglo-American tradition of sitting around the campfire and roasting marshmallows, but here, instead of marshmallows, a thick slab of Hungarian bacon (more fatty than what Westerners might think of when they think of bacon) is roasted over the fire until it starts dripping fat, then it is quickly held over a slice of white bread and the fat drips onto the bread. This is repeated until the bread is well-spread with the dripped fat. After this, the fatty bread is sprinkled with Hungarian paprika, topped with onions and eaten. If the bacon is not burnt too much, it is eaten too. Nowadays, jacket potatoes, slices of meat, sausage, and corn on the cob is also sometimes roasted in the fire, and sometimes even marshmallows, as Hungary becomes more globalized. Drink Various taverns, clubs, discos. The town is pretty small, dare to explore! * WikiPedia:Mátészalka


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. Respect It's best to avoid conversations about politics, both Hungarian and international, and if some local brings the topic up himself herself maintain a neutral point of view. Political jokes and stereotipizations about the USA, the EU, Jews, Roma, and the surrounding countries are common, don't be offended. The local Roma, as in everywhere else in Hungary wishes to be called "Roma" and not "Cigány", the traditional Hungarian word for them. Jokes about being devotedly religious are also common. Don't be offended. Even if some local calls himself herself religious they most likely profess a pretty liberal form of Christianity. Religion in Hungary, like elsewhere in Europe, isn't taken too seriously. Cope There is a small police station in the city center, the staff may know English or maybe they can provide an interpreter. You may have better luck using German. József Attila út 1-3. Various international organizations both secular and religious have bases in Mátészalka, for example Rotary Club, various christian churches (Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Reformed) and a Jewish Synagogue. Go next * Debrecen * Nyíregyháza '''Visit Túristvándi''' and it's water mill. '''Visit the Bukógát''' (Spillover) near Tiszakóród. It's an industrial flood gate used to regulate the flowing of the Túr river into the Tisza river at the Ukrainian border, but it's a beautiful artificial waterfall used by locals as a place to swim and have fun in the water. Look for ropes on the trees on the riverbank some distance before the river reaches the spillover. These are there to swing on them, then jump into the water like Tarzan! Don't miss the fun! When the Túr spills into the Tisza, don't swim across to the other bank of the Tisza! That's Ukraine there, and you're crossing an international border without a passport! '''Visit the aquapark''' in Vásárosnamény, if you prefer a more Western kind of aquatic entertainment than the Bukógát. Mátészalka is a good starting place for day-trips to '''Romania and Ukraine'''. '''Visit Tákos and Csaroda''' two small villages to the east. Tákos has an interesting reformed church from the 18th century called "The barefoot Notre Dame" and Csaroda has a very old church from the Middle Ages. Carefully inspect the old wooden furniture of the church, there are carvings in the wood made by 19th century vandals! '''Visit the Old Swamp of Bátorliget''' south of Mátészalka, near the Romanian border. There is an interesting museum there about local biology and ecology. '''Visit Vaja''' west of Mátészalka on route 49. It has got an old castle and a popular lake. '''Visit the Lake of Terem''' near Bátorliget and Terem, south of Mátészalka. Another popular lake in the region. '''Visit the home-made nuclear fallout shelter''' in Kocsord, the next village to the east of Mátészalka. A local, Fogarassy Árpád, thought in the 1980s that nuclear war between the USA and USSR is imminent and built a large concrete bunker in his backyard. The bunker is incomplete and the backyard is in ruins, but it's an interesting piece of local Cold War history, nonetheless. In 2009, a tragicomedic Hungarian film, called "Bunkerember" (the Bunker-man) was made, loosely based on this event. '''Visit Szatmárcseke''' northeast of Mátészalka. It has got a very interesting cemetery in which rather than headstones and Christian crosses, upright wooden boats mark the graves, based on Old Hungarian traditions. '''Visit Tarpa''' and it's animal-powered mill. '''Visit Nyírbátor''' southwest of Mátészalka. It has got many interesting sights, recently renovated. WikiPedia:Mátészalka


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;Rabies" in Hungarian is "Veszettség" (Veh-set-shayg), "stray dog" is "Kóborkutya" (Koh-bohr-koo-tyah) and "it bit me" is "megharapott" (megh-hah-rah-pott) Local fruits and vegetables can be eaten off the plant (if they aren't sprayed with pesticides of course), and tap water is safe. Unpasteurized milk should be avoided. If you see a fruit tree on the street full of delicious cherries, plums or other fruits, you can safely eat off the tree


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the Romanian border. There is an interesting museum there about local biology and ecology. '''Visit Vaja''' west of Mátészalka on route 49. It has got an old castle and a popular lake. '''Visit the Lake of Terem''' near Bátorliget and Terem, south of Mátészalka. Another popular lake in the region. '''Visit the home-made nuclear fallout shelter''' in Kocsord, the next village to the east of Mátészalka. A local, Fogarassy Árpád, thought in the 1980s that nuclear war between the USA and USSR is imminent


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converted to rally racing. Do *'''Visit the flea-market''', in the southwest part of the city, at the junction of Ipari street and Meggyesi street. This is more than a simple market, this is a central hub in the town's social life. While nowadays less people come here for shopping because this Eastern-style market is overshadowed by the Western-style TESCO, it is still a pretty good place with various kinds of vendors, small buffets offering local versions of fast food and loud party music

blasting through loudspeakers on poles from Kesha, Lady Gaga, etc. If you have kids, bring them here, they'll love it! Things to look for on the market: -Fast food vendors offering Lángos, a traditional Hungarian fast-food, Palacsinta, 1980s-style communist hamburgers and hot-dogs which are markedly different from McDonald's, grilled open-face sandwiches made like a pizza, gyros, soft drinks, not just Coca Cola but also Traubisoda, Márka and other Hungarian soft drinks. -Ukrainian candies

the ice-cream van''' in the summer. It mostly circles the area of Mátyás Király street and Csokonai street. The Mátyás Király street area is served by a yellow ice cream van offering Family Frost products, the Csokonai street area is served by a blue ice cream van offering Nestlé or Algida products. Passionate verbal warfare is fought among the neighborhood kids over which ice cream van offers tastier ice cream. *'''Take a walk through the calm, suburban areas of the town.''' If you're from


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*'''Provolone Pizzeria''', Kölcsey u. 37., +36-44-418-814 *'''Provolone Vendéglő és Terasz''', Kölcsey u. 35., +36-44-310-736 *'''Borostyán Restaurant Rió Mulató''', Hősök tere 8., +36-44-311-429 *'''Flamingó Restaurant and Pizzeria''', Hősök tere 4. +36-44-310-421 *'''Chinese Restaurant''', Kölcsey u. 36. In the winter, a '''Disznóvágás''' (pig-butchering) takes place in some households, which is similar to the Sautanz of Burgenland,Austria but using less advanced technology. Take note

Mátészalka

'''Mátészalka''' is a town in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, in the Northern Great Plain region of eastern Hungary.

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