Memorable programs, memorable people

11 June 2019

Presenting Our Pride to Our Friends

On Tuesday morning, it was with a certain amount of excitement that I awaited the spouses of the heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Hungary, to acquaint them with yet another corner of Hungary, in a way probably new to them. Happy preparations always precede these programmes, since the wives and husbands of ambassadors hosted represent all continents of the world. This is thus a journey around the world as well, when I get a chance to experience the treasures of Hungary through the eyes of my fellow travellers from South or North America, East Asia, the Middle-East or from Europe. One of the explicit aims of these outings organised annually since 2012, has been to showcase, for our guests representing all corners of the world, the highlights of our natural and cultural heritage and to arouse their appetite to explore Hungary. I am truly contented when I find out how many of them decided to later revisit these venues with their families thus promoting the region.
I am proud to say that we have once again managed to open our guests’ eyes to the riches of Sopron and its surroundings: we spent the morning learning about the life of the greatest of Hungarians, then we visited the gem of Sopronbánfalva, the late Pauline-Carmelite cloister. Not even the heat managed to deter the spouses of diplomatic leaders from viewing the treasures of the Eszterházy Palace in Fertőd, to be then introduced to the secrets of praline making assisted by the Harrer Confectionary. The success of the excursion is probably best demonstrated by the fact that when we were saying goodbye, our guests were already asking where our next shared journey would be.