Greetings from Budapest!
Winter has been fairly reasonable here, and there are already signs of spring approaching. This semester we have 31 students; all happy and excited to be here.
We started the semester with an orientation week when students were introduced to academic and practical matters, met with faculty members, and stated Hungarian language classes. We also toured the city using public transportation system and discovered some of the most important sights in Budapest. We stopped at Heroes’ Square which is always an ideal place for a group photo.
Students’ first assignment was a scavenger hunt to find different building, shops, and interesting locations. They had a lot of fun. This was a competition but, at the end, all students were winners as they learnt how to get around Budapest. The photo below was taken in the Castle District during scavenger hunt.
During the city tour we also took the famous Tram No.2, which is among the top 10 tram rides according to a recent article in National Geographic. This tram rides parallel with the Danube, on the Pest side, and the view to the Buda side and the Castle Hill is absolutely amazing.
Students are already enjoying various cultural events in addition to exploring the city on their own. Some of the students have already attended an opera performance, and even a gastronomical event. Last weekend there was festival featuring and promoting a special Hungarian breed pig, called mangalica. There were all kinds of food made from mangalica meat, plus arts and craft, and music. What way to celebrate the end of the first week of classes!
We again have the Buddy/Tandem System this semester: Hungarian students are paired with our American students thereby giving them yet another possibility for integration with and learning about Hungarian culture.
Elizabeth Simon, Resident Director
Judit Fekete, Resident Coordinator