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A Quick (Belated) Podcast

It’s been a while since our last post here at Keeping up with the Magyars, but among working, applying for graduate school, and enjoying this splendid country, we have not had a lot of time for updating the blog.

So here it is, a collection of audio sampled from across about two months covering the first day of school, a community celebration, and the 54th Anniverssary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Enjoy the audio, and stay tuned here for future entries about dinner parties, education in Hungary, and our upcoming week in Slovenia.

Listen:
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The EU at Work: More first impressions

Part 2 of 2: Read part two at http://harmsboone.org/trabbis-and-transitions-first-impressions-hungary.

It seems like around every corner a new construction site waits, and it isn’t just in Budapest. Evidence of what Rick Steeves terms Europe’s “internal Marshall Plan” can be seen all over Hungary. Continue reading “The EU at Work: More first impressions”

Trabbis and Transitions: First impressions 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”

The Best of Budapest: The View from Hostel Hill

View from Hostel Hill
Another look out our window shows the Turkish style domes of the historic Gellert Hotel and Baths.

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”