Ártánd is a village in Hajd˙-Bihar county, in the Northern Great Plain region of eastern Hungary.
It covers an area of 19.82 km² and has a population of 598 people (2001). (Wikipedia)
Ártánd also one of the border crossing points between Hungary and Romania.
Hui Chin and spent time in this little township on the 9th of November 2006, after we have been refused entry to Romania and turned away from the border.
for a few days before that day, we made preparations to spend a couple of weeks visiting Romania, including hiring a car the night before.
Starting off early in the morning from Budapest we drove fairly quickly the 230 odd kilometres stopping a few places to take photos, eat and drink etc.
I have visited Romania three times before and each time I had extremely bad luck and experience and I was hoping to break that experience this time.
As I have dual citizenship I had no problem with my Visaless Hungarian Citizenship.
Hui Chin, who recently applied and received New Zealand Citizenship including for helping our travel arrangements as New Zealand have very favourable visa arrangement with an overwhelming number of countries.
We called up the Romanian Consulate or Embassy in Budapest about Hui Chin's entry and were told, she do need a Visa, but we can get it at the border.
About this visa arrangements, New Zealand have that favourable, mostly visaless entry arrangements with all the larger, developed or democratically run countries.
The trouble starts at some of the backward, undemocratically run countries, this is only my observation mind you.
So we turned into Ártánd to get our thought organised, cool down after our disappointment and figure out what we going to do now as we did hire the car for two weeks or so.
As usual we had a drink and something to bite and taken some pictures and we decided to head back to Budapest and forget about Romania.
There was some dispute between the two countries about some adoptions, in which our Prime Minister was involved at some stage, or commented on if I recall correctly.
It is widely accepted that tourism brings a lot of money into any country.
The time we would have spent there, we needed food, drinks, accommodation, souvenirs and many other thing, that would have enhanced their economy to some extent.
Neither of us would have posed any threat to anybody there, so the refusal I think was very petty.
Yeah! Four times unlucky.
I better not to put my thoughts here.
The walls have ears, you know.
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