Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Observations of Pecs

Pecs is a very old city with a history that dates back to the Roman Empire. Many old ruins and churches around town have have been preserved and restored. The battles for suppremacy through the ages are evident in abundance, especially in the old churches that have been remodeled over and over again as a new regime with a different religion takeing posession. Many an old foundation of signigance are found at the base of a modern excavation that brings development to a stand still in a big hurry.

It is fun to note the stark contrast in architecture where the old meets the new. Not so fun are the numerous high rise concrete housing units built during the dark depressing days of communism.

The people of Hungary have never won a war or a revolution. There is little evidence of joy in there expresion especially the older generation and our attitude of happiness is somewhat of a mystery to them. Unemployment is very high and many families are economically hurting.

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