SEE-ya HA-lo!

We’re nearing the end of our last day in Hungary.   A shuttle is scheduled to pick us up at 3:00 am tomorrow and take us to the airport in Budapest (a 2-3 hour drive) for an 8:00 am flight.   But it’s been snowing all day and I’m beginning to wonder how that’s going to work — the snow is beautiful, but it’s really slippery outside.    Here are two shots of the main square from a few minutes ago:

Szechenyi Square, Pecs. They put the Christmas tree up about a week ago.

The street leading down away from the main square. There's been a little craft fair set up at the end of this street where they sell a very nice, hot mould wine. My brother Michael and my sister-in-law Kathleen can attest to the quality of the mould wine in Pecs (they visited here over Thanksgiving).

James has described our feelings pretty accurately:  we’re REALLY excited about going home, I mean REALLY excited.  But we’re not looking forward to leaving Pecs.  We’ve had a really wonderful time here and we’re going to miss some people very much.  We’re excited about a recent development concerning Kristof, the son of our friends Renata and Zoltan (they will be missed VERY much).  Kristof  just found out that he has been awarded a scholarship to study at Beloit College in Wisconsin this upcoming semester.  He’s a junior at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest where he studies “pure math” (the best kind, don’t you think?).  We’re hoping to get him down to Evansville for a visit.  It will be his first trip to the US.  Be nice to him!

I recently checked the counter on my camera and I’ve taken over 10,000 photos since we’ve been here.  To put that in perspective, I’ve had this camera (Nikon D70) for about 10 years.  In the previous 9-1/2 years I’d taken just under 10,000 photos.   In addition to this blog, I’ve been working on a couple of photo projects, the main one being something I’m calling “Trunk Show” about a market here in Pecs where people sell puppies out of the trunks of their cars.  I’m hoping to publish these as part of a photo essay, maybe in the travel section of a newspaper or magazine- I’ll let you know if that happens.   Here are a few photos from that project:

Lady with the pit bull.

A trunk full of Vizslas.


I’m also working on a collection of photos featuring the ladies who sell kraut (pickled cabbage) at the market.   I spent part of a morning taking pictures (with their permission) last weekend.  I took my laptop to the market this morning and showed them some of the shots – they were highly amused. Here’s a photo from that project:

Aunt Manci.

So I guess that’s it.  I’m not exactly sure how one ends a blog.  It’s been valuable for me to write all this down — it’s certainly helped me remember things and it’s forced me to try to understand this place a bit better than I otherwise would have.

Thanks for following.  I’ll see some of you very soon, others in the near future.

As they say in Hungary (as a form of good-bye), “Szia.  Hallo!”


About patster66

I'm visiting Pécs, Hungary with my wife and son for the Fall 2010 semester. My wife, Margaret McMullan, received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and do research at the University of Pécs. My 13 year old son is attending a semi-bilingual school here called the ANK where I am teaching English Language and Drama to 4th - 8th graders 2 days a week.
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5 Responses to SEE-ya HA-lo!

  1. Safe travels Pat and have loved this “blog” experience. Very well done. Look forward to seeing you back on the tennis court. See you soon. Jim

  2. Kathleen Burch says:

    Again, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful adventure. Are you sure you don’t want to continue it when you get back to Evansville?
    Merry Christmas!
    Aunt Kathy

  3. Kathy M says:

    I am so excited that you are coming home, but I am so going to miss the blog! Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us. How long will it be posted?

    I also can’t wait to see and read your stories. See you soon! Safe trip home.

  4. Craig Bottorff says:

    Nice job Pat – I really enjoyed all the entries. Let’s hit the court soon!

  5. Peter de Janosi says:

    We’ll miss your blogs. They were wonderfully written with beautiful photos. Peter and Monica

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