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The glamor of Budapest… Airport

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The glamor of Budapest… Airport

The Monkey scores a technical visit to Hungary, and feels lame about it.


Budapest Airport
The Monkey very technically set foot in Hungary while en route from Bulgaria to the United States in 2002. He spent several hours exploring the terminal at Budapest Airport, but didn’t have quite enough time to venture beyond its walls. He also bumped into the Bulgarian kaval (flute) player, Teodossi Spassov, and chatted with him for a bit.

In this photo, you can just make out the airport’s rather strange control tower on stilts.

The Monkey is fully aware that airport-only visits are lame. Some day the Monkey will return to Hungary—and he’ll be sure to leave the airport!



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Hungary

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Population:

9,930,915 (2008)

Land area:

92,340 sq. km.

Capital:

Budapest (pop. 2,008,546; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Hungary ranked 35th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 46th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $11,226.70. Public debt accounts for 67 percent of total GDP, while no figure for the number of Hungarians beneath the poverty line is available.

Main language(s):

Hungarian

Monkey's name:

Majom (my-yohm)

Fun fact:

Chances are good that a certain Hungarian sculptor/architect occupied hours of your life with his puzzle: Budapest-born Ernő Rubik’s cube is considered the biggest selling toy of all time.



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