Visit to Hungary (10-14/09/2010)

The purpose of our travel to Hungary was to get together with my schoolmates to celebrate the 55th anniversary of our matriculation. As Ann had to work we managed to stay only five days, including travel. The extra two days allowed us to meet all my cousins in Hungary.

Day 1: Arrival, Dinner with Friends

We arrived at Ferihegy airport late afternoon, where we picked up our hired car we had ordered online. After bumping into a jam caused by an overturned lorry we safely arrived in our Hotel, Hotel Esztergom. It is a new hotel, with pleasant staff and excellent breakfast, although there were a few problems with the cleaning.

In the evening we met two of my old friends and their wives at a nice Italian restaurant next to the Hotel. In spite of being Italian it offered many famous Hungarian dishes – pity we could not try them all. The meal and the atmosphere were excellent.

Day 2: Esztergom, The Meeting

After breakfast we had a short walk to look at my old school and where my parents taught.

At 11:00 we all met in the hotel and moved into the dining room, where we had our meeting and had lunch. Unfortunately over half of my schoolmates are dead and seeing each other getting older and older the meeting was not as joyous as usual. This was the first time that we did not have the meeting in the evening. Consequently everyone wanted to get away in daylight and we were left alone in the hotel with no-one to have a cosy chat in the evening and share a glass of wine or beer.

Gheorghe Zamfir – Prayer For A Friend (Doină De Jale)