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The Belgian of Szentendre

Jan 5, 2021

Opposite the Central Station in Brussels, at the entrance from the ‘Spanjeplein’, a statue of 20th century Hungarian composer Béla Bartók was inaugurated in 1995. It was a gift from the city of Budapest on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bartók's death. That year, a series of concerts ‘Jubilate Hungaria 95’ around the […]

Countryside as Energy Boost

There are at least two things that I have learned since I started my life as a diplomat 35 years ago. First, that time flies. Even if three or four years may seem as an eternity when you arrive to your new posting, there are so many things in your work that will absorb you […]

Hungarian children leaving for the Netherlands by children's train at the Keleti railway station

Multi-Level Bonds

This year marks the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between the Netherlands and Hungary, and so, it is an excellent occasion to enlist examples in history that make up a multi-level bond between the two countries and the two peoples. When I say our common history dates back to centuries, I mean it. Perhaps […]

Katrine (8) with her coach, Hungary’s first European figure skating champion, Júlia Sebestyén

Four Years in Budapest and 40 in Diplomacy

Olav Berstad
Aug 31, 2020

In the WittyLeaks series, Diplomacy&Trade regularly publishes the personal accounts of ambassadors and other diplomatic mission leaders accredited to Budapest. This time, the departing Norwegian ambassador looks back at his career. I have now over 40 years of diplomatic service behind me, continuously since 1980. I was very pleased to be posted as ambassador to Budapest. […]

The Spring When COVID-19 Came

In the WittyLeaks series, Diplomac&Trade regularly publishes the personal accounts of ambassadors and other diplomatic mission leaders accredited to Budapest. This time, the Malaysian Ambassador shares his thoughts of living through periods of epidemic. The rapid and sudden global spread of the novel coronavirus, the cause of the COVID-19 disease, has been disruptive and played […]

The Landscapes of the Soul...

I remember from my childhood a charming school rhyme: Maybe verdure is more luxuriant elsewhereAnd the birds in the branches are singing more merrilyPerhaps, perhaps, but dearer to the heart isA song from the Vistula River and the sands of Mazovia. These simple words contain a universal feeling of strong emotional bond with the native […]

Ambassador Kumar Tuhin at the Rabindranath Tagore bust in Balatonfüred

Reminiscences of a Spirit

Kumar Tuhin
May 9, 2020

A few days before I was to take the flight to Budapest in November 2018, I met the then External Affairs Minister of India to seek her guidance for my work in Hungary. One important message she gave me was that many individuals spanning several generations had contributed to furthering India-Hungary friendship, including Sándor Kőrösi […]

Three Meetings with Hungary

There were, of course, more than three meetings. More than 33 in fact, but these three, which I will briefly present, seem the most important from today's perspective. They are deeply rooted in memory and heart. 1975-1976 July 1975. My first trip to Hungary. Together with my fiancée Márta Gedeon. We speak Polish. In addition […]

Anunciada Fernández de Córdova at her book presentation in Budapest

A Woman of Letters

On the day I was to present my Letter of Credentials to the President of Hungary, an official car arrived promptly to pick me up at my residence. The convoy advanced, solemn and with sirens blaring, toward the Castle. When crossing the Danube from Pest to Buda on the Elizabeth Bridge, I turned to my […]

Taras Shevchenko monument in Budapest

Memories for the Future

Walking through any city in the world, one can see a lot of monuments that remind them of historic personalities or events. Budapest is not an exception, it is a city that has a lot to boast. The monuments tell us about the history of the country, the people it is proud of and its […]

Mexican Ambassador David Nájera

México ’a la Mode’

During the two years that I have lived in Budapest, I have discovered a growing interest for Mexico and above all, for its art and cuisine, even in my walks, I literally ‘meet’ Mexico every day. I pass through the Bartók Béla Boulevard and in the windows of its many galleries I find graphic works, […]

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