Exploring

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My neighborhood is known for the airplane museum, the large Marcipán confectionery, the little Marcipán, the Tisza river, and the Roman Catholic Szentélek templom (all pictured in a gallery below). That in itself allows for a lot of exploration. But that’s only the beginning.

One of the things I love to do here in Hungary is explore–and whether I go across the country or around the block, there is something to find. The other day I crossed the large street and walked westward on Indóház, which turns into Horog. Immediately it stopped feeling like a city. I passed by this little hut and a few houses with yards. Dogs barking all over the place, birds of different sizes swooping around.

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The sun was setting, and the old water tower (a historical monument, no longer in use) rose up into the colors. (You can see it at the top of this post.)

Beside it was something like a train station–but when I looked into it later, I found that it was a train repair location. Some massive buildings next to train tracks.

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An entrance gate (that appears to be in use–it has an electronic monitor and a side office–had an old rusty sign that read, “Kerékpárral közlekedni csak a főbejárat teherforgalmi kapuján lehet!” (Bicycle riding allowed only at the main entrance of the freight gate!) This, apparently, was not that gate.

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The mosquitoes, like the wildflowers, were all over the place, so I headed back after a little while.

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As I passed by the little hut again, I saw a couple of trees full of fruits–ripe, purple, the size of cherries but with the look of plums.

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I looked and looked at them. Should I taste one? But of course! That’s what human nature is all about, after all: giving in to curiosity (although there are plenty of instances of humans shutting curiosity out). Besides, I doubted that they would be poisonous or that a voice would come booming from the sky. I picked one and ate it. Yes, it tasted exactly like a plum–and sweet and juicy too. Later I discovered that they were, or at least resembled, cherry plums (cseresznye szilva), native to Southeast Europe and Western Asia. They are darker (purpler) than the cherry plums I have seen online, though, so I am not sure.

So that’s it. Not bad for a stroll around the neighborhood. By the way, many others were out walking and biking in the area; it seems to be a well-loved road. There is still much more to find. But on bike next time, so as to outpace the mosquitoes.

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  1. Judith Croke

     /  July 28, 2020

    Thank you for sharing these interesting pictures. This part of Szolnok is full of history , still unexplored and undocumented perhaps. This area is called O-Szolnok meaning ‘old Szolnok’ although no one calls it anymore, I don’t think . My father worked in the buildings ( worked as one of the railway managers) which are now parts of the aeroplane museum for nearly 30 years. These buildings were part of the old railway network which then were used for freight : transporting corn , wheat, coal and other items from the former Soviet Union to the communist countries. It was a significant stop on the map of transporting goods behind the iron curtain. I am so pleased to see that the building my father spent many years working for MAV still survives today. For many years this area was abandoned and overgrown by weeds. Based on your photos it seems that some parts are still left untouched.The area and the buildings bring back many memories from my childhood. I visited the museum with my children a couple of times and I talk to them about the times I spent there, what the area looked like and the lovely rose garden my father had outside the main building that he maintained so lovingly for many years until his retirement.

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    • Thank you for these memories and history. That is very moving. I hope these old buildings, train tracks, and train cars remain.

      The electronic gate seemed to be in operation. It looked like someone was working there, but I am not sure. Next time I go there, I’ll see what I can find out.

      But it’s sad how many old buildings are being demolished and replaced with new apartments, office buildings, etc. A beautiful old building on my street corner (Vörösmarty utca) was demolished over the past month. I wrote about it on my other blog (https://megfogalmazasok.wordpress.com/2020/07/16/mi-volt-ez-az-epulet/), someone shared the piece, and I saw lots of comments from people who had known the building well.

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