My name is Patrick O’Connor and 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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Keep it coming! I love to travel vicariously when I can’t do it firsthand. May I share?
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Had the Lunds for dinner with other McCville people on Labor Day. They fit right in.
Thanks for sharing Pat. I might share some of the pics with my high ability students. I am sure the bull’s enormous package will lead to some great discussions…
I’m from Mexico City and lived in Pécs for a few months last year. I absolutely loved it and I’d go back anytime. (Keep) Enjoy(ing)!
Hi, I just found your blog and became so interested! Very nice photos from Vienna! I’m 42 and live in Sweden. My father was born in Pécs in 1937, actually exactly on the date we have today, i.e. the 9th of November. He planned to be a gym teacher. But at the age of 19 – in 1956 – he had to leave Hungary. He had helped carrying weapons to the people who hid in the mountains surrounding Pécs, people who prepared to try to fight the coming Russians and his name was on lists that would have brought him to prison after the Russian take over. (But he himself never used a weapon.) So he flew by foot over the boarder to Slovenia. I think he’s told us there were snow at the moment, so it must have been a little later than his 19th birthday. In Slovenia there were trains that awaited fleeing Hungarians and they headed north through Austria and Germany. My father thus ended up in Sweden. He lived here in more than ten years before his mother could come and visit him here, that was when I had been born in the spring of ’68. He saw his one sister and two brothers for the first time in 1974, i.e. almost 18 years after his sudden departure.
I have been to Pécs several times, but now it’s a long time ago. My father’s younger brother still lives there with my aunt. They live in Alkotmany utca, I think it’s quite central. In all I have 8 cousins, 1 female and 8 male cousins. Éva, the only girl, who is about my age, came to study in Sweden for a year some 20 years ago and today she works at Nokia in Finland. But all the guys live in or near Pécs.
My father is planning a journey to his old hometown next summer. At the age of 73 he is still going strong and the dream he had to become a gym teacher, well he lives it in other ways. Among other things he’s a runner and next summer there will be a World Championship of cross country running/orienteering in Pécs and my father will attend it. ;)
Please give my regards to your wife and son.
I add you to my blogroll, section “Kreativt” (=Creative).
Pat – i am soooo glad you have shared your experiences with us. the dinner and movie was brilliant!!! wish i was there. cant wait until you get back and here some more stories. enjoy the last weeks. W