Szombathely - Monday

Trip Start Jul 16, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Well, for a change there were a few things I wanted to check out at the IJK in the morning - namely, the Hungarian course and advanced Esperanto. I sussect the Hungarian course would have been a bit boring but I was curious.
One of the other activities...
Unfortunately I got up a bit late and missed all the morning's program. So I went for a walk instead to check out the sights.
Superb great square in town - the obligatory fountain - lots of benches around - no yobbo skateboarders making a racket which was nice. Also no big groups of school-children wearing a school uniform so badly designed that they'd be better off without one, as is the case in Hobart.

Lots of nice outside cafés, really pleasant with super comfortable seating. I don't know what the drinking age is or whether they actually have one given the really young group I saw today. But they had their beer and a chat and off they went. That's how to stop the drinking problem - let them drink - it seems to work here.

During my walk I ran into a local Esperantist - not normally unusual but this bloke lives here so I would have run into whether the IJK were on or not. It's strange being somewhere so far from home and running into someone you actually met for the first time in some other country. This is a pretty pleasant city. I definitely don't need the IJK to be here but nevertheless it's nice to have it on here at the same time. It's pretty interesting.

I spotted this tower in the distance during my wandering. Apparently it's a disused water tower. I thought it must be part of a church or something. But as someone pointed out to me, it was built at a time when people thought about more than just the purpose. Unfortunately they don't seem to know what to do with it now. It's probably at the wrong end of town too.

Back to the uni for the aligatorejo. It started a bit slow but went pretty well in the end. Amazing how many people speak Russian. Another ido speaker, a few toki pona speakers... Lots of English speakers of course. Bloody hard to reply in another language other than English when you're not allowed to speak in the language that's just been used. (they could speak to me in English but I had to reply in some other language) But a lot of fun. And of course you get to meet some pretty interesting people.

Great argument between an Austrian and a French bloke with the Austrian having to speak French and the Frenchman speaking German - with me explaining what's going on to the Russian in Russian. One accusing the other of being a raumist - the other a fino venkist. Very entertaining. I especially liked the comment from the raumist that the other was really an Idoist and ultimately wanted to turn the world to Ido and the other quipped that that would be perfect for the raumist as then he could keep Esperanto for himself and continue living in the Esperanto ghetto.

I'm looking forward to the next session.

I had tea in a restaurant in the cellar what used to be a brewery. I'm glad they talked me out of ordering the extra dish. Judging by the descriptions and the prices you'd swear some of the dishes would have to be appetiser sizes. But no, it seems that no matter what you order - even soup - it's a full meal by itself. No wonder they talked me out of ordering what would have been three full meals. I really struggled to finish the two dishes that I did order.

I can't work out how everyone's not fat, with the huge portions. Or is it just a trick to keep Austrian tourists fat.

Finished off the day at the café near the uni - full of Esperantists of course. Chatted to a really funny young bloke from Liverpool. Interesting character with lots of interesting stuff to say. I'd met him before in Vietnam and it's really weird that we've never spoken English with each other.

Well, I actually really finished off the day at the heavy rock café.

Ironically it was really quiet. I think they save the heavy rock for the week-end. How refreshing! People actually come here to socialise.
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