OKT-12 / Dorog – Piliscsaba

The second section of our Kéktúra adventure is OKT-12 / Dorog – Piliscsaba and, as fully qualified hikers now (…), we first went and spent a not-inconsiderable amount of money at Mountex. Although we are determined not to be in the “all the gear, no idea” category, we thought it was probably worth equipping ourselves with proper shoes and backpacks! I also bought a compass and even managed to figure out how to use it! 

Mountex is like the world’s greatest toy shop for outdoorsy adults, and I’m sure they’ll be lightening our wallets further before we finish with this trail! Wandering around the camping section has already got me excited for the longer, multi-day sections. I’m also spending an unreasonable amount of time researching the best way to make coffee in the woods!

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Lecsó is a ridiculously simple mix of peppers, tomatoes and onions that are left to create their own magic together with a little help from salt, pepper and, of course, paprika. Essentially a Hungarian ratatouille, this highly versatile lecsó can be spruced up with sausage or eggs, and is used as a base for many other dishes.

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OKT-14 / Hűvösvölgy – Rozália téglagyár

After a few months in lockdown, in a 38sqm apartment, Nóri and I were definitely ready for some countryside, trails and fresh air! We decided to get started on the rather substantial project that is the Országos Kéktúra, or National Blue Trail. It meanders across Hungary for 1168km, split into 27 sections of various distance, and we will be starting with section 14: OKT-14 / Hűvösvölgy – Rozália téglagyár.

There were two main reasons for this being our opening section. Firstly, at just over 14km, it is the shortest section of the the whole trail and an easy introduction to get our legs working again! Secondly it’s one of, if not the, easiest sections to reach by public transport from central Budapest, making it a straightforward day trip without really requiring much planning or equipment.

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