Hello from Debrecen
Dear blog-readers and BBC learners. My name is Zsuzsa, I am a Hungarian student in the University of Debrecen in Hungary. My major is French and I have English courses also and I would like to transmit some events and curiosities from my little country, Hungary in this month.
June is a nightmare for Hungarian undergraduates. These days we have to prove our knowledge, it is the examination period at universities. Meanwhile it is the most colourful and eventful period in the life of my city, Debrecen. Hopefully, I will share interesting descriptions about the early summer's events.
In comparison with great and large cities, my native place is really calm despite the fact that it enjoys the second largest city title. The university plays an important role in the life of Debrecen. Festivals and cultural events colour our ordinary weekdays. The most well-known event is the Carnival of Flowers on 20 of August when carriages with full of flowers float on the main street accompanied by groups of dancers and majorette girls. At this occasion we celebrate the foundation of our state.
Firstly, I would like to present my favourite places in the city. One of them is the Great Forest (if we want to translate word by word, we call it Big Forest, but it is not a "Fangorn"-type!) and a tiny little pond (Lake of Frogs) near to my university. This natural shelter is called to be the lungs of the city. In 10 minutes, so in a relatively short period of time you can reach the little lake surrounded with weeping and oaks covered ivy from the noisy and busy centre of city.
Frogs croak and water-lilies float on the surface of water, children run around, they angle for tadpole and undergraduates study their notes of chemist or philology on their blankets.
One of my favourite other places can be find in the area of university, this is the botanical garden. It is more calm than the Lake of Frogs (Békás-tó in Hungarian) and it is full with botanical curiosities. Although I am not really interested in botany, the variety of flowers, plants, trees is pleasant to eyes. In the examination period, a considerable number of students possess the fields but no one disturb others because benches are far from each other. Bushes, pinewood and birch-trees cover the pathways, larks sing and sparrows twitter. It is like a paradise.