30 Sep

Kaposvár: Hungary: 2005.

From the 28th to 30th September 2005 I attended a workshop on urban freight solutions in Kaposvár in Hungary. This is my work and I shall not discuss it here, rather my impressions of the town and the opportunities for seeing new places and meeting new people. This is the second time I have been to Hungary, the first time was a couple of years ago and was based wholly in Budapest. My wife and son came out after the workshop then and we had a local guide give us a tour of the city. My impressions were of a ‘little brother’ to Vienna, which I know a little. I was also dismayed by the generally rude attitude of the Budapest people to me as a visitor, although our guide was charming and my Hugarian colleagues are great, the tourist trade in Budapest seems to be surly and greedy. It may well be that this is very untypical, as I have said those Hungarians I work with are great, so maybe it is to do with tourism and strangers, but I won’t be going back to Budapest again in a hurry. Kaposvár was quite the opposite. A small to medium city near the very long thin Lake Balaton, the place burns with intense pride. The town has been beautifully laid out around a welcoming and attractive Kossuth square (webcam). The people were very friendly, the hotel staff tried hard and the whole visit exuded small town hospitality and charm. My pictures are at: http://flickr.com/photos/tzunder/sets/1116997/