Remnants of Soviet communism and European Union sponsored construction projects dot the workaday landscape of Hungary.
Part 1 of 2: Read part two at https://harmsboone.org/more-first-impressions.
Prior to my arrival in Hungary about a month ago the only Trabant I had seen was on display at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin amidst the plethora of East German communism memorabilia. The Trabant, or Trabbi as they were affectionately known, was the only and official automobile of East Germany. The fabled vehicle survives, for most, only through the myths and legends that precede the brand that fell with the Berlin Wall. Continue reading “Trabbis and Transitions: First impressions of Hungary”
Some cities are easy to love. Budapest is one such example.
Some cities are easy to love. Budapest is one such example. With Korea still lingering in my mind, I’ve unsuccessfully resisted the temptation to compare my last home with my new one, and the differences are many. Seoul is like an intimidating jigsaw puzzle that you stare at for weeks before finding a corner piece, but the evolving image is striking. No need to toil over a card table, Budapest’s puzzle comes put together and all visitors are left to do is enjoy it, which is exactly what we’ve done. Continue reading “The Best of Budapest: The View from Hostel Hill”
Welcome to “Keeping up with the Magyars”, a new blog from Harms-Boone Productions. This blog is our venue for telling the stories of our lives as English teachers in Kaposvár, Hungary, as well as analysis and commentary on the issues of the day. If you are familiar with our work, you know that we tell well-written, thoughtful stories about the places as we experience them, not as they experience us. Our commitment is to exchanging information openly through the Internet. It is for this reason we donate all of our work to either the open source community or to the creative commons. Unless otherwise noted, our content is free for you to use, distribute, and repurpose as you see fit as long as you are not using it commercially and give us a little credit. We strive to update weekly, but to be sure you aren’t missing any of our posts, be sure to click the subscribe link above and sign up for our feeds or for our email list. Continue reading “Welcome”