Monthly Archives: July 2012

Empty-handed on the Amber Road: Leaving Balaton

This story represents a continuation of the earlier two series: Leaving a Continent, and 40 Hours on a Romanian Bus. As with the second series, this article tries to juxtapose the modern experience of traveling on Europe’s roads with background … Continue reading

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Somogy Tales: A translation of the traditional Mesztegnyő yearly calendar

Prelude: This has effectively become the last entry of my Somogy Tales. As of Monday, July 16, I have left Hungary and have returned to life with my family back in Belarus. Hopefully those of you following the blog enjoyed … Continue reading

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Somogy Tales: Sunday, July 22, will be the Kukoricás Ételek Fesztiválja – Gadány

Iowa, eat your heart out. Since about 2005, Gadany, Somogy’s hidden woodland farming village, has been the site of an annual corn dish festival. Featuring a competition where cooks prepare their best corn-related dishes on site, the ancient village plans … Continue reading

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Somogy Tales: The Szechenyi family and Gadany: Part 3 After Istvan

Istvan Szechenyi’s sons The loss of Istvan as father could be said to have driven Bela toward his eventual road as a world traveler. Istvan was a great fan of travel, and its opportunities to learn the technology of other … Continue reading

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Somogy Tales: The Szechenyi family and Gadany: Part 2 Istvan

The rising star of Istvan Szechenyi Lajos, Franciska, Zsofia, Pal, and Istvan spent their childhoods going back and forth between Vienna and their father’s estate at Nagycenk. However, events rapidly caught up with Istvan’s childhood, and as he progressed towards … Continue reading

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Somogy Tales: The Szechenyi family and Gadany: Part 1 Early Family History

After writing about the history of Gadany, it occurred to me that most of the people reading it would not fully gather the significance of the name Szechenyi. The power of buying into a farm that took perhaps a near … Continue reading

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Somogy Tales: The Spa of Marcali

Usually, the word “spa” leaves the impression in my mind of Fyodor Dostoyevsky sitting near the pool in Wiesbaden or Baden-Baden in his gambling period, trying to get by on his last hundred thalers in the midst of the wives … Continue reading

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