December 02, 2002

Hungo-Blog!: For the 12 of ...

Hungo-Blog!: For the 12 of you who speak Hungarian, Adi Haspel, Posted by at December 2, 2002 09:15 PM

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Make that 13, Matt. I'm living in Prague 6, and I used to live in Hungary about 10 years ago. It's a strange feedback loop to find a Hungarian blog linked from your site ...

I love your columns, and your warblog helps keep me in touch with the homeland. Thanks!

Posted by: Christopher Walker at December 3, 2002 08:22 AM

Christopher -- Where in Prague 6? I had a dorm-room apartment there for a couple of years, near Dejvicka & just off Evropska, on Studentska across from a pub. Also, Prognosis had two offices out there, both within walking distance of the Drancy pub (and that big supermarket).... Thanks for the nice words! Did we ever know each other?

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 3, 2002 09:15 AM

I only *wish* I could speak it! My best friend does, and it's the most mellifluous, gorgeous language in the world. All I know how to say is "Hey mom, we ran off and eloped" (learned just to freak his mother out on a phone call), "I love you," "Give me a beer, please" and various words relating to equine reproduction.

Come to think of it, you can get along pretty well in any language with just those phrases...

Posted by: shannon at December 3, 2002 09:17 AM

Yeah, I work about two tram stops up Europska from Dejvicka (behind the Sun Microsystems building), and live on Stresovicka up the hill. I won't make any snide remarks about how you remember the name of the Dransy club but not the Delvita supermarket ;)
I just moved here in June and I've been working 12 hour days starting up a business, so I doubt we've met.
Even though I picked up Hungarian in a few months (and am close to fluent now), I can't put two words together in Czech other than "pivo, prosim" (that's "beer please" in Czech, Shannon). I find it difficult to learn a language that sounds so dissonant.

My friend Thomas has a different view of Hungarian -- he thinks it sounds like "gargling marbles." But then, he speaks Czech ...

Posted by: Christopher Walker at December 3, 2002 11:31 AM

My wife is not a bit happy that I don't speak any Hungarian. I think Shannon has me beat by a word or two. At least I had the good sense to fly over and marry her in Buda Castle.

BTW, Budapest needs a really good burrito place. Something similar to Pancho's in Venice (Lincoln Blvd). One week into my first trip to Hungary, I was dying for one of those.

Posted by: Rossz at December 3, 2002 11:17 PM

Rossz -- Did you try Iguana? Terrible expat hangout, tortilla-maker, started by that classic expat character Cory Skolnick (sic) ... I had a good time or four there, and also a few bad ones, though I wouldn't quite describe it as a "really good burrito place" after living in L.A. these past four years.

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 3, 2002 11:47 PM

Tak...mluvim cesky, or at least I used to be a little more fluent than I am now. I also lived in Stresovice, near the Pohorelec stop on the #22.

No complaining! what Budapest doesn't have in burritos, it has in bagels...yum. My ex-boyfriend, who lived in Budapest when I was in Prague, showed up to fetch me from the train station with one red rose and SIX sesame bagels. That'll show you his priorities were in the right order! ;)

Posted by: shannon at December 4, 2002 07:22 AM

Oh, cool, Shannon! Sorry -- didn't know. I guess I should learn to click on the embedded links.

You guys will be happy to know that tonight is the grand opening of a new Mexican Food restaurant in Prague! There are already a couple of decent ones here, but of course they can't even compare to California or Colorado Mex. Hope springs eternal ... I'm going to leave work early and head over for some free grub at the opening party. All the cool people will be there. And me.

Posted by: Christopher Walker at December 4, 2002 09:39 AM
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o:duhongos@hotmail.com">Christopher Walker at December 3, 2002 11:31 AM

My wife is not a bit happy that I don't speak any Hungarian. I think Shannon has me beat by a word or two. At least I had the good sense to fly over and marry her in Buda Castle.

BTW, Budapest needs a really good burrito place. Something similar to Pancho's in Venice (Lincoln Blvd). One week into my first trip to Hungary, I was dying for one of those.

Posted by: Rossz at December 3, 2002 11:17 PM

Rossz -- Did you try Iguana? Terrible expat hangout, tortilla-maker, started by that classic expat character Cory Skolnick (sic) ... I had a good time or four there, and also a few bad ones, though I wouldn't quite describe it as a "really good burrito place" after living in L.A. these past four years.

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 3, 2002 11:47 PM

Tak...mluvim cesky, or at least I used to be a little more fluent than I am now. I also lived in Stresovice, near the Pohorelec stop on the #22.

No complaining! what Budapest doesn't have in burritos, it has in bagels...yum. My ex-boyfriend, who lived in Budapest when I was in Prague, showed up to fetch me from the train station with one red rose and SIX sesame bagels. That'll show you his priorities were in the right order! ;)

Posted by: shannon at December 4, 2002 07:22 AM

Oh, cool, Shannon! Sorry -- didn't know. I guess I should learn to click on the embedded links.

You guys will be happy to know that tonight is the grand opening of a new Mexican Food restaurant in Prague! There are already a couple of decent ones here, but of course they can't even compare to California or Colorado Mex. Hope springs eternal ... I'm going to leave work early and head over for some free grub at the opening party. All the cool people will be there. And me.

Posted by: Christopher Walker at December 4, 2002 09:39 AM
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