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Tuesday
May242011

Transylvania Map

I think I've finally finished with all of the worthwhile Transylvania stories.  If I remember any more, I'll tell you about them later.  If you're sick of them, you should have some pálinka to celebrate.  If you're really enjoying them, I guess you'll have to drown your sorrows with some pálinka.

I told you bits and pieces about where I went, but that didn't seem good enough, so I'm trying something new.  Here's a cool, interactive map of the route that I took.  It doesn't show the holes in the roads, but I still think it's pretty handy.

If I've convinced you to visit Erdély (for those of you who haven't been paying attention, that's the Hungarian name for Transylvania), don't bother getting a guidebook.  You can ask me where to go because I'm now an expert tour guide.  I can lead you to Gypsy palaces, tasty moonshine, and lots of dancing. 

Just remember to bring some wooden stakes.  You never know who we might run in to...

 

Hungarian word of the day:

Térkép

Pronounced TARE-cape, and it means "map".  That'll be useful if you don't have me as your tour guide and get lost.

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Reader Comments (4)

Dear Alex, do you remember when you had mentioned that we, hungarians, rarely smile and if you ask "how are you" we answer frankly how we really are instead of saying something conventional sentence?
I've found an interesting article about this theme here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13545386
I think we (Hungarians) are closer to the German behaviour and you (as an american) are closer to the Britain's.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternative

I have been enjoying your posts. I am an American with Hungarian heritage. My maiden name was Erdely.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterD. Dobbert

Sorry. Can complain? You say You finished this topic.To be honest you only focused on a few stories, and you didn`t give any plus info...I mean you did not explain about your overall feelings, your mates, about the enviroment, atmosphere, prices and so...
I Say your Transylvania story is not comleted yet:)
I know you are a big fan of this land, so I am a bit disappointed, that you only picked some traditions, and issues, and don`t tell anything else about the trip:=)
Anyways You are still a very good novelist.
La

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLa

Native,
I agree with you about the article. I think Britain and Germany could be replaced with the USA and Hungary. Like the article says, one way isn't more polite than the other, they both have their pros and cons. As I get more used to the Hungarian way, I'm worried I'll seem rude when I go back to the US and mimic some of the behavior! Thanks for sharing that article, I enjoyed it.

D. Dobbert,
I'm glad you've been enjoying it! With the name Erdely, I bet your ancestors lived there. Do you know much/anything about them?

La,
Thanks for the complaint, it's really helpful! I try not to focus on anything for too long in case people get bored, but I'm always sure I miss something. I'll try to write some more about that trip/place and answer some of those questions. Thanks for the compliment, and don't hesitate to tell me when there's something that you want to hear about (or more about)! Look forward to seeing some more about Transylvania soon...

Alex

June 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterAlex Hoskinson

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