Incidentally, “Homoki” means “sand” in Hungarian, a tribute to the ground forming the never-ending stretches of this prairie, once settled by the Magyars galloping from the faraway steppes of Asia. The ebony blackness of the star-spangled sky has never changed since. Homoki Lodge is nestled south from Budapest in the Hungarian Southern Great Plains, a low sandy basin between the Danube and Tisza Rivers. Small farmsteads litter the plains interspersed with forests, fruit orchards, shallow lakes and meadows. The flat land is criss-crossed by a myriad of sandy tracks and fields of maize, crops of peppers and sunflowers suddenly followed by peach trees or an acacia forest. Highlights are the grasslands where sky is touching the ground. A preserved home to wild game, birds and rare plants.