Summer Lovin’ & Travel Spotlight
It’s been two weeks now since the last newsletter. What’s going on?!? Well, school’s out and some of us are working, traveling, playing around, or volunteering in Brazil. Last night I got back from a trip to Budapest and Slovakia – starting my summer with a BANG.You can find more on Budapest below in the spotlight! Where are you this summer? What are you doing there? Let us know! As we continue to work on initiatives and action plans for next year we are looking for continued involvement over the summer. If you are still in St. Louis, we have a long list of work for the next three months. All in all, I am well rested, and ready to push ahead with our plans – why wait until Fall?
Here are a few summer initatives in the works:
- Energy Committee – Simon Hall Courtyard solar lighting solutions, solar-lit walkway, universal motion-sensors on campus, geothermal discussions
- DOT – preparation for another good year. TOP SECRET ACTIVITIES!
- Bathroom Recycling – Paper Towels for All
- Bag Initiative
- Social Venture – ie. Solar Trailer
Newsletters this summer will be periodic. We feel no need to clutter mailboxes, nor provide information at a time when you feel it is not pertinenant. If there are any questions about our operations over the summer, or if you would like to play a larger role as we plow ahead with these initatives, please contact us with interest.
TRAVEL SPOTLIGHT: BUDAPEST
For the past nine days I have traveled by foot, trolley, train, bus, and boat around the magnificent city of Budapest (pronounced Budapesht). The capital city of Hungary offers a cornucopia of food options from falafel and shwarma at 4am to fried shrimp at McDonalds, to chinese food heated up in a microwave for you (full meal less than $5), to a specialty stew-like dish called Goulash.
When not feasting on the international cuisine, one can venture around by foot to see Capital Hill. Perched on top of the largest hill in the city you will find the centuries old castle and “White House”, overlooking both cities of Buda and Pest – separated by the Danube (“Duna” in Hungarian). I highly recommend touring the Parliament building, theHouse of Terror, Margaret Island (Forest Park on an island in the middle of a river), Gelert Hill, the Opera House, Jewish Quarter, and all of the historic monuments. Even though the metro system is extraordinarily efficient, the city is very walkable and you might find a whole in the wall shop that carries some hidden treasures.
For more on my trip, and advice for all of those thinking about going to Budapest, e-mail me!
Going anywhere special this summer?
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