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.
Day 1: Dinner with friends
Yours truly, Tivadar Rózsár, Laci Brassói
Laci Brassói, Teri Brassói and Ilonka Rózsár
Day 2: Esztergom
View of North Esztergom from the hotel
The Small Danube (Kisduna) from the bridge
George on the Kisduna promenade in front of his old school: St. István Gimnázium (Link in Hungarian only). The school itself is now somewhere else.
Sanyi Román during his official speech, surrounded by Bálint Hajdú, Kálmán Pálfalvi, András Marosvölgyi and the Kelemens. Bálint Hajdú seems to have nodded off …
… but then at the end of the speech seems to have woken up.
Tivadar Rózsár relates everything that happened to our school during the last five years. His wife Ilonka and I are listening to the sad and convoluted story attentively.
The dinner has arrived. I was caught in the wrong moment; Ute and Sanyi Szigeti have had enough while Tivadar Rózsár, who sits beside me, prefers a glass of wine.
The Brassóis are waiting for the desserts …
Kálmán Pálfalvi and András Marosvölgyi are so deeply involved in a conversation that they have just finished the main course.
Dióssy Dezső and his wife. Dezső seemed rather ill; with sadness must I report that three weeks after the meeting on the 4th of October, he died.
Bálint Hajdú has to leave early and says good-by to the Rózsárs …
A heated conversation at the other end of the table.
I am examining the portfolio our absent schoolmate sent us from the USA.
Our end of the table (Photo: Ute Szigeti)
The three wise men (Photo: Ute Szigeti)
Tivadar Rózsár, Teri Brassói, Ilonka Rózsár and Kálmán Pálfalvi rule over the many empty and half empty glasses.
Ann is still taking pictures assiduously. (Photo: Ute Szigeti)
The meeting is breaking up. Ute Szigeti and Teri Brassói saying goodbye to each other.
Gheorghe Zamfir – Prayer For A Friend (Doină De Jale)