Sunday, October 31, 2010
Judging the completed pieces of art. In case you don't recognize any one, they are Elders Johnson, Tracy, Crandall and Mullen.
YSA event in Pecs, with about 25 kids having a blast. We also did a balloon relay, cup cake decorating, pumpkin carving with all the pizza you could eat. Fun was had by all.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
TRABANT "The Commie Car"...... available in coupe, sedan or station wagon was produced in Communist East Germany starting in the 1950's
Engine: 2 stroke / 2 cylinder
H.P.: early models - 18 hp
Top speed: didn't exist
0-60: hasn't happened yet.
-4 persons and a very small dog
-or 1 large dog and 3 persons
-or 2 persons if the dog is driving
Later models used the Wankle rotary engine.
Bodies were wood framed with a plastic/cardboard-like composite skin. You won't find a rusted Trabant, but rumor has it that pigs acquired a taste for the material and some of the cars met their demise in this manner. "Honey...the pigs just ate the car".
Customers waited on lists up to a year long to buy one and about 3 million were produced. A surprising number of Trabants are still used as chief transportation by many Hungarians today. Trabants have definately become a symbol of Hungary's by-gone era.
With the fall of the wall, demand for the government monopoly produced car evaporated. The company failed along with the political regime. The people now had a choice and that choice was not for a Trabant. Many Trabants were abandon by fleeing emigrants and could be had for free to those who remained.
Although still cheap today, they are acquiring their own collector status.
They are smokey.... they are stinky.... they are slow, but should you pass one on the highway, smile....snikker if you must....but give a little salute; I think the little car deserves it.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
th century. It was occupied by the Turks in 1543. They fortified and used it as a significant base for 150 years. After Turkish rule it became the possession of the counts Battyány. The family continued to build it up into a heavily fortified castle.
inner castle is surrounded by a high external wall and a maze of moats.
The castle bears the characteristics of almost every period of Hungarian architecture. I love the mix of quarry stone with the natural stone along with the clinker brick.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Heather: Sümeg is an ancient town a few kilometers north of Tapolca in the Balaton area. The castle is situated on an imposing rocky hill, which has a commanding view of the surrounding plains. The watch tower was built in the thirteenth century and has been restored recently. You can see why this castle was never taken by the Turks in the 16Th century. But as with other Hungarian strongholds, it was blown up in 1713 by the Imperial Hapsburg troops.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Here we are saying good by to Bettina Fekete just before she leaves on her mission to England. Betti was one of the young single adults that helped to make our YSA programs successful. She also taught Institute in Kaposvár, her dad is the Branch President for that small
Branch even though they live here in Pécs. This family make many sacrifices to help the Church grow here in Hungary. We miss her happy smile and willing help.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time 1:30 am. Place Pécs Senior Headquarters. Premises invaded by two individuals who's identity we will disavow. "Its too hot.... The street light is too bright... and we can't sleep in the White Knight.....Can we come in....Please"
disguise. No one back in Spanish Fork will ever recognize me behind this Hungarian Fajita.
THIS POST WILL SELF DESTRUCT as soon as the Mission President sees it.
It was quite unbelievable how clear the water was and it is apparently quite therapeutic. The local hospital has access to the lake in their basement and patients can bathe at their leisure.
You have likely read about Hungary's Toxic Red Sludge disaster. That took place just 20km north of this spot. Fortunately Tapolca is at a slightly higher elevation and will likely be spared any of that devastating contamination.
Heather: The whole country of Hungary has been blessed with hot water springs that have health benefits for various neurological and muscular problems. Many of them were found in the early part of the 20th century while drilling for oil. Very few explorations found oil but brought thermal water gushing to the surface. Ever resourceful, the Hungarians turned from oil production to building spas for bathing in the health restoring waters. Although many spas are not that old some of the baths date back to the 1500's. The Imperial Baths in Budapest were established by the Turks between 1566 and 1570 and the have been used ever since. The hot water for these baths is piped from springs near by. Here in Pécs we walk by the remains of the 16th century Turkish baths every day. We have yet to try any of the world famous baths -- but on days when my muscles hurt I am sorely tempted!
Monday, October 4, 2010
This is the site of an old mill with spillway, no longer in use, but a great pastoral setting for a photo shoot. In our next blog we enter the aquifer under the city and explore by boat, the "Caves of Tapolca".