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The Lady I Sat Next To On The Plane
Incredible lady, crocheting a Nano case, and knitting these beautiful socks, sitting next to me on the plane to Paris a few weeks ago. She lives in Venice, California, but she and her parents became refugees and immigrated to the U.S. from Hungary decades ago. She told me incredible stories about what they went through at the time, and her trip back to Hungary to see Budapest, and the neighborhood she grew up in. Here are a few of Ana's own words, from her blog:

This is the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. This is the event that changed our lives, my mother and father and I became Refugees. We had to flee our home and homeland.

This is the apartment we lived in the address was Lenin Korut 101. Before the Communist renamed the boulevard it was called Teresz Korut and again after the cummunists regime fell it is again called Teresz Korut as it is today. Located about a block away from the "Nyugati" (West) Train Station.

We lived on the first floor apartment #10. The tree was right in front of our windows. This is one of the main "round" streets in Budapest so during the revolution there was a lot of "action" right in front of our building...

Story continues at the link, with photos. You meet some pretty interesting people when you travel -- and amazingly enough, sometimes they just live a mile or two away from you.

I'm reminded of my time on election night at Schwarzenegger HQ. One of the ladies I spoke to had emigrated from Russia. Never forgets to vote, never takes being American for granted. Like Ana, she really knows, firsthand, how good we have it, how easy we have it, and how lucky we are.

Posted by aalkon at November 19, 2006 9:27 AM

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What is a "Nano case"?

Posted by: Lena at November 19, 2006 8:45 AM

Music player by Apple. PS If you want to get something cool for your niece, you should check out the new Shuffle, at ($79 there, and more expensive some other places). Advertised at Target for $77, but may not be available immediately. Apple said they deliver in a few days. I'm doing all my shopping early. I cannot BEAR the Xmas rush. Bought liquor for my mail place guys in October, a present for my lawyer in September.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at November 19, 2006 8:50 AM

Hi Amy,
Thank you for the kind words, have a great trip.

Posted by: ana at November 19, 2006 4:52 PM

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