Hungary

Went to Hungary with my father in 1997, as part of a 12 day GATE 1 tour through Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary, and also visited this lovely city in 2009 with my MBA classmates from the University of Tennessee.

Dad and me in 1997 from high up on Fisherman’s Bastion overlooking Budapest, Hungary

“The historic capital of Hungary was formerly two cities, Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube River. Budapest abounds in architectural diversity: from ancient Roman structures, streets of the Middle Ages, monuments from Turkish times, and Renaissance masterpieces. Drive via motorcoach over some of the elegant bridges over the Danube and then to the Parliament building, and the Royal Palace. Drive on the People’s Republic Avenue and visit the magnificent Castle District in Buda. Take in the wonderful view across the Danube from high up on Fisherman’s Bastion, see St. Mathia’s Coronation Church (13th Century) and stop at the Heroes’ Square and Gellert Hill.”

Fisherman’s Bastion looking towards the Danube in Budapest

Guinea Bissau

Having fun with some local kids at school in Guinea Bissau ('17) Jim's Perspectives: After a short ride to the border of Bissau I spent the entire day getting an entry visa. What should’ve been a routine crossing turned into an ordeal when my guide in Bissau got cute...

Central African Republic

At the waterfalls ... the only viable tourist site within 3 hours of Bangui Country Information: The capital of the Central African Republic is Bangui. There are approximately 6 million people living here. The official language of Central African Republic is French,...

Georgia

Helping a babushka clean up a park in Tiblisi in 1987! I was in Tiblisi in 1987 when it was still a part of the U.S.S.R. Given its distance from Moscow, it was never really firmly in the clutches of the Soviets and was always rebelling against the central command. In...