the land of buda and pest

After our 2-hour final communicator’s meeting, we walked to the office (great 45-minute walk) and caught a bus to see the city.

Our tour guide gave us an overview of Hungarian history. One person especially intrigued me: Saint Stephen.

The first king of Hungary, King Stephen (pronounced a saint later) made a key decision during his reign right before 1000 A.D. [Read more about him and his right hand that did well in mumification and is on display at the church in town that bears his name.]

He chose to align the country’s religion to that of the West (Christianity) instead of the East. Sadly, one thousand years later, the culture is still shaking itself from the numbing results of communism. The removal of religion led to many–Monica our tour guide included–growing up with virtually no spiritual input. Most Hungarians haven’t met Jesus. Yet.

Click on the photo of St. Stephen to catch a glimpse of the rest of our day. Off to bed and last-minute packing before heading home tomorrow!


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