770

There is no complete spiritual life without music, for the human soul has regions which can be illuminated only by music. Kodály Zoltán This year the Zalaegerszeg Festival (which began last week and which runs for a month) celebrates the 770th anniversary of the first written mention of it. Everybody else may have known about it,…

Leave-taking Ceremony

Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind; Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave. Edna St. Vincent Millay, from Dirge Without Music I’ve misappropriated St. Vincent Millay’s words here. I hope she wouldn’t mind. Before heading to London I witnessed the Leave-taking Ceremony, a tradition throughout Hungary.  Seniors – before taking…

What’s left of the photos

It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up. W. Somerset Maugham I’m trying to figure out why, after having been in London for a few days, surrounded by people whom I understood, bombarded by advertising which I understood, seeing books titled so I didn’t have to translate, etc. etc.…

‘Taters

I love Tate Modern; there’s such great style and shopping here. I love the galleries and the pubs out on the street, just having your pint as the sun is setting. Drew Barrymore The students didn’t want to go into Tate Modern the day they were at the Globe Theater. Imagine that, it’s right next…

Back in Zalaegerszeg

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. Mahatma Gandhi There was a certain symmetry to the timing of the week.  I left the apartment Monday morning to catch a 5:17 a.m. train that had me arrive in Budapest around 8:45 and I…

Misguided missal

I wander thro’ each charter’d street, Near where the charter’d Thames does flow. And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe. from London, William Blake The group’s tour guide has been somewhat of a disaster – disorganized, not helpful, not knowing her way, not being alert to conditions such as…