A Note FromBudapest (via my mother)

July 29, 2006|Posted in: Uncategorized

When Mia was in Budapest, she stayed with my former neighbor Kathy, who is grown and married and has two children. Our parents are still close friends, and Kathy’s mother recently wrote to my mother with this to say about Mia’s visit:

Dear Liz and Bill,
Thank you for your nice letter; it was so good to hear from you. Well, Mia “did” Budapest, and Kathy and family enjoyed having her. Kathy was very proud of her – Mia went sightseeing on her own and in spite of all the construction going on all over the place (they are renovating some of the subway lines), she managed very well. She is a very good traveler and houseguest. Also got along very well with the boys. One evening they did some kind of talent show – and Mia danced. That was a big hit!

Mia was pretty tired by the time she got home in the evenings, so she did not go to any nighttime event. She just relaxed with Kathy and family, which was nice. I hope she had a good time. I think the weather was terribly hot. (We know now how that is…)…

Love, Elizabeth and Otto

NB from Julia: nice to hear how the visit went from someone else’s perspective ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger. She is the author of six books: three novels, one poetry collection, and two women's history. She was the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, in 2014-17. She's also the conservatrix of The Doris Diaries, the diaries of her great-aunt Doris Bailey Murphy. She has a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University, and MA in Early 20th C. British Literature from Cal State Hayward. Julia's articles have appeared on Salon, Thrillist, Paste, Scary Mommy, Narratively, Yahoo News, Your Tango, and Sweatpants & Coffee. Her articles have also run in Redbook, Woman's Day, Country Living, House Beautiful, Town & Country, the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Magazine, Quill, and MadeLocal. She was the founding editor of weekly Alameda Sun and literary zine Red Hills Review. Her poetry has been in The East Bay Literary review, Postcard Poems, Americus Review, Cicada, Tiferet Review, and many others. Julia has been recognized several times by the San Francisco, East Bay and Peninsula Press Clubs as well as the California Newspaper Association for her blogging since 2003.

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