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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.

Honoring Adolph Engel-Janosi

I’ve written here before about Margaret’s great-great-great grandfather, Adolph Engel-Janosi (you can read that post here).  A few weeks ago, Margaret’s cousin Peter (his father was Margaret’s grandfather’s cousin), as well as several others who share a common ancestry from … Continue reading

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Vienna / Mauthausen

After returning to Pecs from Istanbul and Athens, we looked at the calendar and realized that we were running out of weekends to make the short trips we had planned (we head back to Evansville in 5 weeks).   So we … Continue reading

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We ended our fall break travel spree to Istanbul and Athens with 3 days on the island of Aegina, which is a 90 minute ferry ride from Athens (about 20 miles) in the Saronic Gulf.  After the ferry dropped us … Continue reading

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Athens in 3 Days or Less

As I mentioned in a previous post, we arrived in Athens, Greece on an exceedingly rainy Monday afternoon, so I didn’t take too many pictures – we were mostly trying to find the hotel and stay dry.   But we did … Continue reading

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Istanbul Day 4 – Featuring the Aya Sofya, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Lunch on the Sea of Marmara, Skyping and a final Turkish Dinner at Urfali Haci Usta.

Quick post here…  Pix from our last day in Istanbul – We started with the Aya Sofya, which is considered Istanbul’s most famous monument and an excellent example of Byzantine Architecture.  It was completed in 527 AD and was the … Continue reading

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