Now I would like to present briefly my country with my holiday pictures. But, firstly as I promised, I would like to share my experiences from the Night of Museums.
If you have ever participated in a fete at night, it is like a festival in broad daylight. The streets are full of people, nice young couples walk, the elders are fascinated by the exhibitions, the youngsters hang around the parks and the MODEM (it is the name of our modern art gallery) is a happening place.
Here we could see the bonfire of Szent-Iván. In the background, you can see the MODEM, which was built in a modern Scandinavian style.
I arrived really late at the place of fete with my boyfriend, and we didn't enter the museums even if it was possible, we enjoyed rather the atmosphere of the Night and we took a tour in the centre of city walking on the streets. One of Debrecen's oldest and famous museums is Déri Museum which was closed because of renovation. Meanwhile a great number of people participated in the night's exhibitions. I really attached to this event since my first date with my boyfriend was in the Déri Museum, so it means a lot to me. As I know at this occasion mostly modern exhibitions were taken.
And secondly: about Hungary. It is really a small country in comparison with others. The population of Hungary is about ten million (the population of Paris with suburbs is also ten million).
In my view, my country is not a rich one economically. It has natural resources, values and rich in agricultural land. Alföld, which is the largest part of Pannonia Plain, occupies the southern and eastern part of Hungary (the region where I come from). A lot of poet was inspired by the panorama: the sky and the earth meet far away on the horizon, cattle grazes and wells evocate the ancient times, when shepherd and herdsman were ordinary professions.
We are the member of the European Union and of the Schengen Area. Unfortunately our state of development does not reach the western-European countries' level but that is the case of other neighbouring countries. The reasons are political, historical etc...
Meanwhile Hungarians are generally considered as hard working people and I hope this is a good sign.
As far as the education concerned I think that we are very good at science and mathematics. It's me who say that and I am not by the way a typical mathematician or scientist but I admit that a great number of inventors are Hungarian even if it is not well-known.
If you have time, take a look at this video, it is a presentation about Hungary's places with folk music and Hungarian inventions.
According to statistics, the rate of Hungarian people's knowledge and intelligence is relatively high but unfortunately the mass media has gaining more and more popularity in the society and it has negative effects. I can say that there are two types of people in Hungary as far as I experienced it: those who watch TV and those who not. Despite the fact that a considerable number of people spend his life in front of the telly, more and more people realise the influence of pointless reality shows and select carefully from the TV programme.
Our capital is Budapest. It lies on the two banks of the river Danube, the part of Buda is built on hills, the part of Pest is found on plate.
The image of Budapest is mostly influenced by the process of construction from 1870 to 1914 and it preserves this period's characteristic in architecture.
The two sides are joined with 8 bridges and between the two shores there are islands.
Here you can see the Chain Bridge and in the left hand side the domed building is the Hungarian Parliament Building.
Our hills are not so high and the country has a good hike-system (the hike line is marked with blue) which crosses Hungary. Here you can see a Hungarian panorama from the highest peak of Hungary, from Kékes.
One of our most beautiful places is Lake Balaton which is the largest lake in Central Europe. A lot of tourists from the surrounding countries and of course Hungarian ones also visit it because it is relatively cheap.
The photos below present the lake and a part of the Danube from the air.
On the first picture, you can see a peninsula where you can visit the Tihany abbey. Its charter of foundation as our most ancient document testifies the existence of Hungarian language in 1055.
Every year, there is a swimming competition in Balaton here. As you can see the north part (the picture is taken from this direction, so we are in the north part) and south part almost meet. This distance is the smallest between the two shores. Tihany is famous for his echo too.
On the second pictures, you can see the Danube, which is Europe's second longest river.
The Danube originates in the Black Forest in Germany. It passes through four Central and Eastern European capitals, before arriving into the Black Sea.
Poems, novels and pieces of music were born by the inspiration of Danube. For instance The Blue Danube is a waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II.
Have a nice day!