Diary

Memorable programs, memorable people

19 September 2019

Hosting Students from Slovakia in the Sándor Palace

“It is with every breath of mine that I cherish my own country”, said once Kornél Divald, art historian, referring to the landscape in the Eastern Slovak Highlands, the birthplace of my own father. My father had similar sentiments, thus together with my mother they established the Károly Herczegh Foundation, which organised this spring in Nagykapos, the historical-literary essay contest entitled “The Ones We are Proud of”. Within the contest, Hungarian students of the region each presented a prominent figure of their town, researching the values of their own birthplace. Students of the Hungarian schools of Fülek, Királyhelmec and Szőgyén, the medalists of the contest, together with their teachers preparing them for the contest, each won a trip to Budapest. During the visit, they saw a number of iconic places of the capital, including the Parliament, the Erkel Theatre and I also invited them to the Sándor Palace. I showed them around in the historic rooms and told them about all the activities that fill the rooms of the more than 200-year-old building. Of course, we made sure to visit the terrace of the palace, as well, which affords a view of the Hungarian capital and of the River Danube glistening in the sunshine. The unique sight did not fail to impress our visitors. I think this time the picturesque beauty of Budapest stood for the 11 hundred years old Hungarian homeland, as well.