SPRING 2016, ISSUE I
Greetings from Budapest!
Spring 2016 students have arrived safely, begun their classes and they are settling in to enjoy a great semester in Hungary. This semester we have 36 students—an all-time record for the Budapest program—and we are certainly very happy to have such a big group. The first week was very busy with orientation, getting to know the city, set up volunteer work or internship opportunities, beginning to learn more about Hungarian culture, meeting the CIEE Faculty members, and finalizing course registrations.
City tour – Heroes’ Square
During orientation week we also made a great city tour to get to know Budapest and its transportation system as well. Visiting Heroes’ Square was quite popular among students. The monument is part of the World Heritage Site and was built for the 1896 Millennium celebrations, to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarians arriving to the Carpathian Basin. Every part of the monument plays tribute to key figures of Hungarian history. In the second week, we left Budapest to see other spectacular parts of Hungary.
Navigating the city and its public transportation first appeared to be a daunting task but, after the Scavenger Hunt assignment, students felt more comfortable. Students were divided into small groups and had to find places, significant landmarks, and even some food item. Students enjoyed all the sights, marveled the magnificent panorama of Budapest, and were able to get to know each other.
The Central Market Hall is also an important element of the Scavenger Hunt task. The Great Market Hall or Central Market Hall is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. Among other things, on the ground floor you can find a large selection of meats, fruits and vegetables. On the second floor, there are food stands and plenty of vendors selling handicrafts, clothing, embroidery and other souvenirs. Students need to find the “rétes” (strudel) stand and pick two likely favorites. They should not miss the delicious “túrós táska” (pastry filled with sweet cottage cheese) and “kakaós csiga” (cocoa snail).
The beautiful Great Market Hall in Budapest
We are having a long weekend in the middle of March because of a National Holiday commemorating the Revolution and War of Independence of 1848-49. Some students will make use of this small ‘spring break’ and travel outside of Hungary. Other students, who stay for the long weekend in Budapest, will participate at the celebrations and events on March 15.
Upcoming events - 25th anniversary of the CIEE Budapest program
On Friday, March 4, CIEE will celebrate 25 years of study abroad in Budapest, Hungary. There will be an anniversary celebration event at Corvinus University in Budapest: guests will be here from CIEE Portland, Corvinus University, US Embassy, partner institutions, our faculty, HAESF alumni and the Spring 2016 group. More details coming in our next Newsletter!
Elizabeth Simon, Resident Director
Judit Fekete, Resident Coordinator