Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 09:58:37 -0800
From: ef
Subject: leaving on tuesday

yes indeedy... i'm off on tuesday... one night in amsterdam, then onto hungary. my friends there have already started organizing the trip to transylvania... and me too, i have been busy, emailing anything from the area... besides the almosalbert-mayor, i now have offer of help from local artist collective... which seems to consist of two people but boy are they nice... and excited that i would come all that way... they have already made enquiries about konya antal, and have found maybe a few distant relatives and the fact that he had "married into another village called nagylak" as they said... so i will go there too, i suppose...

the area where these villages are within transylvania is called covasna, or haromszek in hungarian... last night i checked a few nets on irc and found a channel called covasna... so i logged on there... a few people... in romanian... when i asked for info in english someone complained "talk romanian"... but then one of the people messaged me... started talking with him... after a few minutes of painfully bad english it turned out that he was actually, ironically, hungarian... couldn't speak hungarian on channel because then the romanians there would kick him off or something.

so then he says, so what do you know about this place. and i said, well, one of the things i know is that it is very poor. he said, wrong. you're wrong about that. he said, it is not very poor, it is very VERY veryvery poor. then he asked if i would visit him too.

a young guy, 20, student. wants to go to university next year to study "informatika". information technology. i said, there is a future in that. yeah, maybe, he said.

maybe i'll visit him too, what the hell.

and oh, btw... i will have email, courtesy of our deity the st. david, so i will be in contact and posting and reading and everything! i wish i had a laptop but i can't afford stuff like that. i also wish i could afford a new computer cause then i could maybe give this one to someone over there. you know, transylvanians, or maybe one of my gypsy friends in budapest. they too are very VERY veryvery poor. i wish that all poorpeople had computers and internet everywhere. cause word gets out that way, you know.