- 16 Feb 2015 11:00 AM
She started to work in the tourism industry as a tour coordinator at Tumlare Group, then after a couple of years she changed to the media and worked for Adaptive Media Sales House. In 2009 Gabriella started to work for an international tour operator company, Fun in Europe LLC as a Tourism Director.
The company launched CitySIM in 2013 and now she is in charge for CitySIM telecommunication service and company representative for CitySIM in Hungary and abroad.
I've been always interested in challenging and telecommunication projects. My passion is to work in multicultural business environment, where I can employ all my diverse skills in sales, business development, and experience in international business. I believe in life long learning, I enroll courses from time to time.
1. Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Miskolc, Hungary. I moved to Székesfehervár when I was 18 I studied tourism at Kodolányi János University. After the graduation I moved to Budapest and started to work here.
2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
USA :-) I’ve spent some time there during my childhood, went to school in Pittsburgh for 8 months when I was 10, and I had many opportunities in the past 23 years to travel around the country. Fortunately I still have good friends there, however we do not meet too often. I always feel like home when I arrive, from New York to LA and everywhere between. My friends know that my dream is to move there and I hope it will come true one day.
3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?
I would miss my family. I like many things about Hungary, but I also like changes time to time.
4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
Usually what we do, if there is only a short time to see the capital, is going to a 2-3 hours sightseeing trip to see the most famous places, than continue with some local favourites. I love to spend time at the riverbank, or go to a cruise on the Danube. Than visit a local restaurant, and a local bar. I would not miss to show them 1 or 2 ruin pubs, as these are very popular now.
5. What is your favourite food?
I know I should mention some Hungarian food here, but I prefer American, Italian and Asian cuisine. But eating a “hekk” on Római Part (3. district) is always a good decision.
6. What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?
A few years ago I started to play golf, and I am still addicted. I will never be a professional golf player, but helps me to relax. I like to watch Formula 1 and American football as well.
7. What is your favourite place in Hungary?
There are many places around the country that I love. Budapest by night is always fascinating. The river bank in the city is also wonderful. But beside Budapest, I love the hot bath in Parád and Demjén, or the cave in Aggtelek which is a great spot to go all year around.
8. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
I would be a Formula 1 driver. That must be very challenging, those guys doing amazing job.
9. What’s a job you would definitely never want?
Boring and monotonous jobs are not for me.
10. Where did you spend your last vacation?
I was on a business trip in London then I extended my stay for a couple of weeks and visited my friends in London and Birmingham. We travelled around and spent great time together.
11. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
The next one should be earlier, but I hope I can join Budapest-Bamako Rally in 2016. We have a cooperation this year, CitySIM is the official mobile partner for Budapest-Bamako Rally 2015. During the preparations, I had an opportunity to see how the participants getting ready for the trip. I made a decision at that point. Now I am following them on their way, and it is much more exciting than I expected, so I definitely should be there next year!
12. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
As a teen I always wanted to travel. I am not really a fan of bands or films, but I remember most of the disco hits back in the 1990’s and 2000’s.
13. Apart of temptation what can’t you resist?
Challenge, travel, palm trees, seashore. And my little doggy, she is so adorable.
14. Red wine or white?
Mostly red, but depends on my mood and the company.
15. Book or movie?
Both. I am not really a movie fan, and I do not read novels or love stories.
I prefer economical and business books, and I like romantic movies and comedies.
16. Morning person or night person?
I always wanted to be a morning person, but I am definitely a night person :-) I am more creative when it is all calm around.
17. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Education in general. But in my immediate social environment I support those who want to achieve more, have goals and need some help in some respects. Sometimes they just need somebody who believe in them, sometimes it is much more difficult. I am lucky to have friends who support me in many ways, and I am really thankful to them. It is a pleasure to pass on the same support and courage who needs them most.
18. Buda or Pest side?
19. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?
I am happy with my life, it is full of great things I feel thankful for. I have achieved many goals, but there are still plenty to strive for.
20. What would you say is your personal motto?
I heard a good one and I think that applies to many situations: Sitting in a chickhouse does not make you a chicken. (Dough Wead)
Note: CitySIM is a trademark of Fun in Europe LLC. Fun in Europe LLC was founded in 2009 and based in NY, USA. The company’s main activity was originally incoming tour operations to the United States. After almost 2 years of planning and developing behind the scenes we have launched CitySIM telecommunication services in 2013.01.01 to the public, and this is a continuously growing department of the company.
Now we can say, that we focus on CitySIM services more than tours. The company still operating tours, classic city tours and holidays as well as specific tours for professionals (musicians, etc.) All beside this, we are opening new markets with CitySIM around Europe, Africa and North America, and develop the product and roaming services according to the users’ needs.