So in the past few days we started to hijack the Hungarian skating news thread, and Sylvia suggested that Euros would deserve a separate thread and that I - being the native - should start it.
Actually I was reluctant to do so, because I doesn't have the faintest idea what should to into the fist post of a topic like this. After some hard thinking I came up with this list:
Things I know for sure:
1. Euros will be in Budapest, 13-19th January. The venue is "SYMA csarnok", which is a multi-purpose hall that hosts sporting events, fairs, expos, banquets and millions of other things. It's been refurbished and expanded a few years ago and it's supposed to be really nice.
2. Tickets probably will be available sometime in October through a company called TicketPro. Their website has an excellent English version too, which you should be able to navigate efficiently. (http://www.ticketpro.hu/)
Things I have no idea about:
1. How SYMA looks inside. I haven't been inside the past ten years. I don't know anything about layout, bathrooms, food - anything. Sorry.
2. How the organization work is going or if they are looking for volunteers. It's all "top secret" info and "no comment" from the Fed.
3. How much the tickets will cost. For the reasons, see No. 2.
Things I can provide here:
1. Answers (maybe not every single day, but every few days) to your questions concerning Budapest.
2. Basic Hungarian phrases you need, or you want to know, or translations if you feel lost.
3. Any useful information that comes to my attention concerning 2014 Euros.
Things you should know about the reliability of my opinions:
1. I have no idea about money. Really. I'm a permanently broke university student with absolutely zero experience over the pee-smelling-hostel & eating-cheap-supermarket-food style of living (surviving). I have nothing at all on hotels, taxi companies, upper class restaurants.
2. That said, I wanted to be a tourist guide and know lots of useless trivia (and have some useful tips) about Budapest (like where can you get Nutella crépes at 2.30 AM).
3. I am totally the public transport expert.
I no way can ever be as awesome as the phenomenal kosjenka was last year, but I'll try my best (and I also hope that some other Hungarians join in so you won't be sidetracked by my warped personal opinions about anything.)
So… here goes nothing, I guess.