Starr Session Varga, AKA “Black Girl In Budapest”

  • 24 Mar 2020 1:22 PM
Starr Session Varga, AKA “Black Girl In Budapest”
She spent the last 12 years in Los Angeles, but was born in New York and raised in Charlotte, N.C. She met her Hungarian husband 6 years ago, and eventually they moved to Budapest.

Before they embarked on their life-changing journey together, she says she searched on Pinterest because that's what she always did before life-changing journeys. She found that there wasn't that much information on black culture in Budapest.

Yes, there were a few black people that visited and documented their Instagram pics, but not much substance she says. So she decided to document her journey and give a voice to all who want to relocate, explore, and get answers about the small black community in Budapest, Hungary.

Now that she've lived in Hungary for over a year, and have given birth to their daughter in this country she is proud to be a resident of Budapest. She has learned so much about this beautiful country she says, and there is so much more to see so she challenges you to take this journey with her via her blog. Click here to visit her site.

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
I moved to Hungary in January 2017. As my Husband is Hungarian we wanted to connect with his roots. So we moved to Budapest as a hub to also travel around Europe.

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
This is my first time living outside of my home country. I was a big travelers and have lived in 3 different states during my lifetime.

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
What surprised me most was the sense that the country is a bit behind the times. It took a ton of slowing down, and a ton of paperwork later, I have begun to understand the culture a bit more.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
I always start with a walk along the Danube Starting from Parliament to the chain bridge. Walk the chain bridge, and then walk down the beautiful street towards st. Istvan basilica. That is always the start of any of the trips. Getting the lay of the land in such a beautiful way. And I always stop off to some of my favorite eateries or rooftop bars to take it up a notch.

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
Langos - Sour cream, cheese, and garlic is how I like it!

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
Tortillas and cheese. Slap together a quick quesadilla and I’m happy.

7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?

Wow I have a ton that I like köszönöm szépen…. oh but wait I have a favorite phrase. Margit híd, budai hídfő HEV állomás. It’s one of my favorite tram stops, and one of the first phrases I learned. (the name of the stop and you can transfer to the train line.)

8. What do you miss most from home?
Trader Joes… for sure! It’s a grocery store with the best organic, and international food.

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
If I can't do what I love… which is what I’m doing… I would like to pursue being a meteorologist. Weather has always fascinated me.

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
I would never want a job where I didn’t have to use my brain.

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
Egypt was my last vacation and it was nerve racking, anxiety driven, but ultimately fun!

12. Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
I was supposed to be in Sicily next… but coronavirus. I have many trips planned, but we just have to wait on this virus before we pull the trigger.

13. Apart from temptation, what can't you resist?
Have a good time! I love to be the life of the party… I can’t resist.

14. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
My favorite film was Clueless. A teen cult classic.

15. Red wine or white?
Proseco? Is that a choice… fine white!

16. Book or movie?
Movie… I only read blogs these days. Fun Fact: If I am reading a book it is always a book that will be turned into a movie. I like testing my imagination and seeing if the director portrays what I read.

17. Morning person or night person?
Night person!

18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Equal rights all across the board and spectrum.

19. Buda or Pest side?
Buda side by day and Pest side by night!!!!

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
Live your life to the fullest.

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