Sunday, March 14, 2010

UPDATED - We Made It To Budapest!

We made it to Budapest and it's been a great day. We arrived at the hotel around 12:30-1 pm today. Everyone checked into their rooms, cleaned up a bit, and then headed out for a few hours to check out our surroundings. Several could be found checking out a very cute shopping district just around the corner from the hotel.

At 4:30pm, we all met back at the hotel to leave for our meeting with Professor Paul Marer of CEU (Central European University) - a school of business. He is also a distinguished former Kelley faculty member. He explained his life story, from having one family die in a concentration camp and his father almost executed during the Jewish persecution of WWII. He discussed his unique perspective on the history, culture, politics and economy of Budapest/Hungary. He is a wealth of knowledge and the students' enjoyed listening to him. Of course it didn't hurt that he bought enough pizza to feed us, and then some.
With full bellies, we all headed back to the hotel to hopefully get caught up on sleep. Tomorrow morning, some of us are getting to breakfast early and plan an adventure to Margaret Island before we set off for the official first outing - a guided city tour. After the tour we will all break into groups to view various Revolution Day activites.

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