Berlin, Budapest, and Sofia
The pages are organized by walks and trips I've taken while in Germany, Hungary, and Bulgaria this spring.
This year the World Cup is being held in Germany. A group of people from the MPI saw the Sweden Paraguay game on big screen TVs in a mini stadium that was built in front of the Reichstag.
Over the fourth of July weekend I traveled to Budapest to attend the Society for Multivariate Analysis in the Behavioral Sciences (SMABS) conference. I stayed in a wonderful old hotel located on one of the natural hot springs for which Budapest is famous.
On Sunday I took a walk up Gellert Hill next to the hotel. This is a large park area that encompasses a massive stone formation at the bend of the Danube. The north side of Gellert Hill has been inhabited for at least a couple of thousand years. It isn't hard to see why when you have hot and cold running water coming right out of the rock.
Budapest is the fusion of three cities, Buda, Obuda and Pest. Buda and Obuda are on the hilly west bank of the Danube and Pest is on the flat east bank. The cities grew up in large part because the narrowing of the Danube here made the river crossing easier. The bridges of Budapest are a central feature in the city life.
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