Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2008

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

What with the Hungary railway system being rather good, I had a slightly more successful day visiting Kecskemet and moving on. I had researched train times prior to deciding this time. See, I'm learning!

On a direct line from Szeged to Budapest, the impossible to pronounce Kecskemet (I'm missing a few accents, but it's something like Ketshkemate, only much, much worse) is quite a lovely little town. Small and easily walked around in just a few hours, it has a very leafy main square and very little traffic. Interesting architecturally, with more of the same (though not so dominated by) ugly-but-appealing Art Nouveau as Subotica, and an oddly diverse collection of different denomination churches surrounding the main square - Lutheran, Catholic and err, something else were all there, as was a Synagogue, all within a couple of hundred yards of each other. Very tolerant of them all. Probably a lot of blood shed somewhere in the past.

Despite the pleasantness of it all, what will remain in my memory is meeting some Mormon missionaries there. With a half hour to spare, I sat and had a talk with them about their faith. They were so pleased that someone would talk to them, bless their hearts. All I will say on the matter is that Mormons are weird. But quite convinced in the rightness of their faith (I would never say brainwashed, but...), so that's nice for them. Apparently, the current leader of their church (I forget the name) received their application and spoke to God, who told him that they should be sent to Kecskemet. Lucky for them God didn't need any missionaries in Beirut!

Moving on..
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