Archives for April, 2009

All the media will be making a huge hype about this on Wednesday. It’s been considered a check point for every administration since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His program “The New Deal” was supposed to bring major effects during the first 100 days and since 1932 every President has been assessed after 2400 hours in office. Well… I’m happy to make my first 100-day summary ever. The overall grade is good.

President Obama’s current approval ratings are hovering around 64%. A number, which brings warmth to one’s heart, since for the past couple of years we would usually operate in the 30-40% range when talking about approval ratings. President Obama is also 10 times more popular than alcohol, which seems to be a very interesting fact (10 times more Facebook fans of Pres. Obama than of alcohol).

As I already mentioned I’m happy about the current state and direction in which America is going, even though I did not vote for Mr. Obama. During his first 100 hundred days we saw some remarkable achievements and some unnecessary defeats. Yet the overall grade I would give today is B+ / A- and if a pollster called me and asked whether I approve of the President’s actions he would receive a positive response. Read more… »

A friend of mine gave me a link to this amazing blog about a train trip from Vienna to Pyongyang. No, you are not mistaken – we’re talking North Korea! Going on a trip to North Korea is difficult in itself (you can only take part in guided tourist trips and your every move is closely watched), but what these guys did was pretty extreme… North Korea borders three countries – South Korea, China and Russia. It’s Russian border is just a couple of kilometers wide and has not been accessed by tourists for many years.

Yet, these two creative fellows (an Austrian and a Swiss) decided to get all the paperwork and then, instead of following the normal procedure, they took the Transsiberian train and got to the Russian-North Korean border. They managed to pass and for about 36 hours had absolute “freedom” – they were in North Korea without an official guide! It’s a great read and the pictures are truly eye opening.

You can learn more here: http://vienna-pyongyang.blogspot.com/ or you can go directly to the TRAVELOGUE, which in detail covers their whole adventure.

Unforgettable 3 weeks

The past three weeks were amazing. A couple of ups and downs during these three weeks, but anyway “amazing” is the word to describe them. Let’s start from the very beginning…

Three weeks ago I travelled to Canada from Budapest for the business case competition. The competition itself went quite well – there were 12 teams divided into three groups. The best team out of each group would make it to the finals. We made it through the group phase (teams in our group: New Zealand, Mexico, Singapore) and ended up in the finals with Thailand and Hungary. In the end the South-East Asian power prevailed and we finished as finalists. Congratulations Thailand! Read more… »


 

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