This past weekend Sarah and I traveled west (approximately 70km) to visit Beata. We took a bus from Budapest to Székesfehérvár (I know right?), the town where Beata works. Then we took at bus another 20km to Fehérvárcsurgo and then we walked 20 minutes through the countryside to Kincsesbanya where Beata actually lives...It was quite the adventure. Good luck trying to pronounce any of those names!

Kincsesbanya is a lovely country village (town? maybe? who knows!). It was a nice change from Budapest. It was so quiet! Except for the evil black dog that lives next door and went on a barking fest at 2 am...

Our first night was very lowkey. We (well really Sarah and Beata) made a delicious omelette with two! types of peppers (paprika) and onions and I ate it all (I'm turning into a vegetarian who eats all sorts of vegetables, I'm so proud of myself). It was really nice to just chill and listen to music (mainly queen and klezmer bands), drink green tea, and spend time with good friends.

That night Beata and I had a brief Hungarian history lesson (aka me reading out of a book). We learned about all sorts of famous Hungarians who have streets named after them, but who I previously knew nothing about (Kossuth, Andrassy, Petofi, Szechnyi...). Basically they were all poets/literati and also Hungarian nationalists. I can elaborate if you want, there are some pretty good stories just from the five pages we read.

More about the weekend to follow soon...


2 Comments

Paulette said...

Lauren, I love this! Now that you blog, I can keep tabs on you :P

You look like you're having a fabulous time. Keep up with the stories, they're inspiring me to get out there again.

I miss you! - Paulette

Rob Kent said...

They are beautiful places with beautiful names, and I'm glad you enjoyed them. Székesfehérvár means "white castle of the throne," a reference to the city's ancient role as the royal capital of Hungary. Kincsesbánya means "treasure mine."