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Hungary // suicide
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My whatever-it-is still isn't better yet, but I haven't had any flare ups of extreme pain for about 36 hours now I don't think, which is always a Good Thing. So now for something completely different.

Some of my readers will be aware that I grew up, for the first 18 years of my life, in a town called Chorley. For those of you who don't know Chorley, it could charitably be described as a quaint little town with a rich history. It could accurately be described as a dump with very little going on. It's certainly never going to make it into any list of the world's n most important settlements. One thing that I've known about Chorley is that since the early 90s it has been twinned with Székesfehérvár in Hungary. I always figured that this was most probably a similarly small and insignificant town in Hungary, but the one thing I always wanted to know about it was its pronunciation. So, the other day, I asked pthalogreen who informed me that it's pronounced Sake - esh -feh - hare - var and that it means "white throned castle", which is nifty. What's even more nifty is the fact that it apparently used to be the capital of Hungary about 700 years ago, around the time of St Stephen. Well I never knew that.

In other news, it would seem that the security of pezstar's journal was compromised the other day, and some idiot decided it would be fun to put up a note there saying that she'd comitted suicide. Now in all honesty, I don't actually know her at all, so this didn't really effect me. I mean sure, I don't want anyone dead or anything, but that wasn't going to be something I lost any sleep over. However, watching how other people who were close to her reacted set me thinking. Amongst other things, thinking about how I ought to let people know how much they mean to me. The temptation would be just to say here that I love you all, but that isn't true. There are some people who read this who I don't particularly like. But doing something is probably not a bad idea. Maybe I need to re-evaluate the way that I live my life. Maybe I ought to just shrug, ignore evrything and carry on as if nothing happened. I'm not sure. Something for me to think about though.

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I'm currently very amused that I actually went through Székesfehérvár several times, and that we had huge issues not mixing it up with another city, which kind of looked the same on the road signs. We've realized that it can be damn tricky to go abroad, try to find a city and then realize that this language is so un-common to you that all of the city names look the same. Anyway, I've been to Székesfehérvár before, so I was almost in Chorley, basically. Hrm. Maybe.

I had that sort of problem when I went to Iceland. All the town names just looked like long random strings of letters, that we couldn't even think about pronouncing, which made them practically impossible to remember...

*whispers* King Stephen (Szent István Király) was crowned in the year 1000AD...

And, the 700 years ago thing was a guess. Looking it up, it was the capital 700 years ago, but it was also the capital 1000 years ago. In 1361 Buda became the capital of Hungary. Buda and Pest were united in 1873.

The serbian, croatian and german names for Székesfehérvár all mean "White Royal Castle" or "White Throned City" or a variation of these.. :)

I've done research! yAy!

Anyway, Hungary loves its Székesfehérvár and it's probably one of the most important cities, historically.

I just checked and I've never been to Székesfehérvár (bet the html screws up on that) I've been through hungary about 3 times en route to Romania. My mum and I stayed in Budapest for 3 days which was a bit mad, esp since neither of us could understand a word of Hungarian. I managed to pronounce thankyou and no respectably, but please was beyond me. My mum was very impressed with the level of useful automation in Budapest, the travel places all had very clear screens with info in German, English and Hungarian. Also the random mish mash of currencies used was cool, we spent US dollars, and got change in Deutschmarks and Forints. I kept all the crappy bits of change to give to fellow travellers so they could get luggage trolleys and the like.

I'd like to go back to Hungary/Romania sometime, I have a lot of Romanian-Hungarian friends, and I hope to arrange to meet them in Hungary someday and have companions who speak Hungarian with some level of fluency.

My Romanian is considerably more fluent, by SVO of fluent. I'd also like to see parts of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia is supposed to be very cool. :)


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