Wednesday, September 30, 2009

9/29 - 9/30: All roads lead to Fehergyarmat

For the past two days, we have been travelling to and from the two towns in far Eastern Hungary where my great-grandparents were born. The excursion has been exhilarating and exhausting -- both physically and mentally. I will sort through the notes Olga and I took and write up the full details at some point in the near future.

In the meantime, here are some possibly interesting statistics about the past 48 hours:
  • transit connections:  5 trains, 3 buses, 2 car rides
  • photographs taken:  204
  • ice creams eaten:  0
  • number of cemetaries visited:  2
  • injuries incurred:  3 (scrape, pricks, abrasion)
  • rail station name that makes olga smile (or laugh hysterically when repeated):  keleti pu
  • major random acts of kindness received:  4
  • transportation and lodging cost for two people:  about $147
  • number of town mayors met:  2
  • hours slept:  13 per person + snoozing
  • favorite new food:  cream of quince soup
  • Hungarian words learned:  15
  • being awaken by rooster:  priceless

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