When cheap travel becomes expensive… (Day 572)

Landing back in Eastern Europe

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Well today I woke up in Birmingham at 2am, left Birmingham to goto Luton Airport at 3am and finally got home to Slovakia at midnight.

When I booked my flights I looked for the cheapest out of the options that were available to me. There are 3 airports in this part of the world: Kosice, Budapest and Debrecen and for some reason Debrecen was the cheapest option for the flights. We were expecting to be able to drive straight to the airport however my friend had problems with the car so instead we were forced onto trains.

Now landing in Debrecen I was happy to be back as I was greeted with 24 degree weather and amazing sun straight off the plane in contrast to the pouring rain I had left behind in Luton.Landing back in Eastern EuropeNow this then turned into a 3 hour train journey to Budapest to be able to get a connection back to Kosice…

So fast forward to a little after 7pm when we are finally on the train back to Kosice, ticket inspector comes around and basically says that there are planned engineering works and the journey will take an hour longer than usual… So instead of arriving back to Kosice at 10pm it will be closer to 11pm.

Next time I think I will pay the extra 50 euros to fly direct to Kosice….

Debrecen Airport for Kosice Slovakia (Day 203)

Debrecen Airport World War Bomber Station

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Well today was an early start as I travelled back to the UK to spend a couple of days in Cambridge before moving up to Birmingham on Wednesday. Generally the way that people travel back and forth between the UK and the UVM Kosice here is by Budapest. This used to be good with flights into Birmingham however these stopped in January this year 🙁

Anyways Budapest is around 3 – 4 hours away from Kosice by taxi, or there are two trains a day which takes around the same plus travel from the train station to the airport. Recently there has been a new route added from a place called Debrecen which has just one flight a day, but is around an hour closer to Kosice by road. At the time I booked flights were a fraction of the cost here and so I decided that I would try flying from Debrecen. Now arriving into Debrecen and driving along the airport it felt like we were driving onto a military airport with hangers with massive blast doors and grass over them like bunkers.

Debrecen Airport World War Bomber Station
Grassed covered hangers…

Looking into this further I’ve found that in World War II it was the base for a Hungarian Bombing squadron. After the world war it was then taken over by the Soviet air force who remained until May 1991 when they handed it back to the Hungarian state. The flight was on time, however it is the smallest airport that I have ever flown from so far – though because of the past use of bombers it has an extremely long runway.

Debrecen Airport in Hungary travelling to KosiceDefinately an alternative route to getting to the UVM Kosice from the UK!

Off to BSAVA Congress… (Day 202)

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Well those that have been following me on twitter will be aware that at the start of 2013 I became the first ever BSAVA Student Rep at a veterinary school outside of the UK. Next week is BSAVA Congress and I am flying over to engage in a wonderful learning opportunity whilst also catching up with my sponsors – and hopefully securing some additional sponsors. This past week has been extremely busy with work on my book (finally the end is in sight – so much more work than I first expected!), three days of classes and then working on my revision strategy for the next week…

Some of the lectures I will be attending include feline oral trauma, managing chronic kidney diseases, imaging in rabbits and reptiles. I am also going to a lecture on using ultrasound to look at the liver as well as a lecture on understanding and recognising pain in animals and a special lecture on controlling pain in reptiles. This is something that I personally feel is often overlooked as animals cannot tell us they are in pain so it is up to us to be aware off and recognise the symptoms of pain. In addition I am also going to a free lunch and learn from Supreme Petfoods on rabbit nutrition with Molly Varga which I am looking forward to!

Something I am particularly looking forward to are a set of lectures on forensic veterinary medicine which is something that I don’t think has made its way onto the veterinary curriculum yet at any vet schools. Basically this is how to deal with abuse cases to ensure that a successful prosecution can be brought which is something I am passionate about. Until recently there has not been any formal learning at all in this topic leaving vets to fend for themselves in the confusing chain of custody and how to produce reports.

Though I do not start surgery until next year I am planning to try and pick up some basic tips with a few surgery lectures and a couple in emergency medicine as well! Anyways my flight is in around 12 hours time, and I want to grab a few hours sleep before I leave. Tomorrow I will be flying from Debrecen airport in Hungary instead of Budapest as its closer to Kosice, and also as its not so well known the flights were considerably cheaper. My next diary entry will come to you after I land in the UK!