My visitors today

Friday 25 November 2011

Oh I do so hope that the clock is still there.

I have been put right before I even get there!

 In an email today, after my enquiry as to now to reach my appointment for Saturday lunch:

" I am right in thinking I have to go from Moszkva Tér over Margit Bridge and then walk a short way to the left?"

I received the answer:
they have already changed  Moszkva Tér to Széll Kálmán Tér. But yes, get on the 6 tram in the direction of Pest and get off just over Margit Bridge, walk a little way then press button number 3 until I open up."

I wonder how many times I will have to be reminded once I get to Budapest that names have been changed yet again. I had to remember the changes once already, shortly after I arrived in Hungary for the first time in 1989. That time no sooner had I learnt all those terribly long foreign street names than they all changed. 

I look forward with excitment to my visit but also with a fear that in the past three years so much will have changed beyond recognition, not only in name.

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