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Four Tongues

February 08, 2016

Elnézest!Excuse me! Szia!Hello! Beszélsz angolul?Do you speak English? Nem.No. Umm… egy doboz és ket… postkarten?Umm… a box and two… postcards? (Not knowing how to say postcards in Hungarian, I gave German a shot) Ah, envelope elêg, nem dobozAh, an envelope is enough, no box (She was obviously trying to accommodate my English as well) To my relief, the elderly lady turned to the machine, tapped a few buttons, and handed me a small slip of paper ... continue reading

   BUDAPEST    HUNGARIAN    CHINESE    GERMAN    LANGUAGES    INTERACTIONS    CHINESE NEW YEAR    TRAVEL   

Whispers of Hungarian Yore

January 29, 2016

I've never lived in a city with as much history manifested as in Budapest. In China, almost everything was destroyed during the cultural revolution. In America, tour guides point to buildings and say, "In the 1980s…" In Budapest, the tour guides point to buildings and say, "In the 14th century…" As someone who once considered picking up a second major in history, I can't help but shiver (it's cold, okay?) every time I lay eyes on some relic that ... continue reading

   BUDAPEST    HISTORY    HUNGARY    ST. STEPHEN'S BASILICA    HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM    COMMUNISM    STATUES    WALKING TOUR    PHOTOS    TRAVEL   

Photos of Budapest

January 19, 2016

In the 1.5 days before the start of my two-week language bootcamp, Dad and I tried to squeeze in as much sightseeing as we could. I'll share some tales from the trail in a future post, but for now, here are some of my favorite pictures: Matthias church, named after Hungary's most popular monarch Matthias Corvinus. Between 2006 and 2013, Hungary spent $9.4B HUF (~33.5M USD) on renovations. Our tour guide said that if you rub the balls of this ... continue reading

   BUDAPEST    DAD    EXPLORING    PHOTOS    TRAVEL   

Musings from 30,000 ft above the Atlantic

January 17, 2016

"Oh, you've been separated? I'll make sure to find you seats together, don't you worry," said an Aer Lingus flight attendant in the most charming Irish accent. She, like the plane seats, were dressed entirely in green, and had astutely noticed that my dad and I were headed in different directions. A minute later, we'd been moved up 15 ranks, from the back of the plane to the front, and given an entire row to ourselves. Can you say lucky ... continue reading

   PLANES    FLIGHT    AER LINGUS    REFLECTIONS    YALE    TRAVEL