Continuing from where I left off, on Thursday, we visited the Budapest Stock Exchange, where we listened to a insightful presentation from speaker Noémi Lusztig, Director Market Data Sales. This presentation vitalized the book materials that we learned in BUAD-352x Macroeconomics, for it allowed me to fully understand how the economic assumptions and solutions that we learned will work in a real-life economy.
After that, we visited one of the local schools in Budapest—Óbuda University. During our visit, we conducted a team presentation with the Óbuda students on the differences and similarities between our college experiences. I really enjoyed this activity because it not only enhanced the bond between Hungarian and American students despite our cultural differences, but also helped us learn more about each others’ college life. In general, we share many similarities on how to enjoy our free time in college, such as going to beaches and parties, but a large difference between our education is that American system emphasize more on the real-life work experience, thus students often do internship and attend networking events while in college, whereas Hungarian education focuses more on the book materials, and students rarely have any free time to do internship while in college.
On Friday, we visited the Herend Porcelain Factory, a producer of fine and luxurious porcelain. Many important aristocrats and government officials such as Queen Victoria, Queen Elisabeth, Prince William and Kate, and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are all loyal customers of Herend. This is my favorite visit, for we toured their entire production site, eye-witnessing the molding, the carving, and the painting procedure, all fascinating to see!
Our lunch in the countryside was also the best that we enjoyed in Hungary. Despite eating under a wooden shack in the middle of nowhere, the surrounding view was incredible, the dishes that they served the food in was very interesting, and most importantly, their food tasted delicious! We highly recommend going there again!!
After a wonderful meal, we arrived at the Figula Vineray for wine tasting. To be honest, I have never drank so many glass before, for we tasted 6 different white and red wine. It was the most relaxing visit during the trip, but don’t drink too much if you don’t have a high tolerance for alcohol, because those wine will give you serious headaches afterwards.
Our last dinner was on a small ferry. The buffet consisted of traditional Hungarian food, and we enjoyed our meal while sailing on the river that divides Buda and Pest. As night approached, the surrounding architectures were gradually enveloped with light, and that became my most memorable image of Hungary.
On Saturday, our last day in Hungary, my friends and I enjoyed a warm bath in the Széchenyi Thermal Bath. It consist of numerous outdoor and indoor, hot and cold baths, and sometimes waves would appear and push the bathers in circles within the pool. The buildings of the bath house were all beautifully decorated. Since Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, I highly recommend the students next year to visit a bath house in Budapest!