Hungary is a place where you wait for the doctor sitting next to one of the founders of the first post-communist governing party (the Hungarian Democratic Forum).
Hungary is a place where your best friend’s first girlfriend was the daughter of the System Change liberal-party (Alliance of Free Democrats) leader.
Hungary is a place where the former President of the Republic was the father of one of your wife’s elementary-school classmates and your mother-in-law says he was polite, but shy and didn’t like to make small talk.
Hungary is a place where you look at your father’s communist-era secret-police files expecting to discover something about international espionage and find nothing but reports about his overly frequent trips to the company snack bar.
Hungary is a place where your grandma used to hear one of the Kádár-era state ministers rip farts in the stairwell.
Hungary is a place where you ride home on a city bus on a winter evening sitting kneecap-to-kneecap with the Hungarian Socialist Party National Assembly caucus leader, who is working crossword puzzles from a book she has removed from her attaché case.
Hungary is a place where your wife’s friend’s father becomes a government minister and a mutual friend calls him on the telephone to see what he can do about her Swiss franc debt.
Hungary is a place where the head of the radical-nationalist National Assembly party lives just around the corner and you often see him getting into his car to go to work.
Hungary is a place where the presumed price of a National Assembly representative’s brief case makes news and spurs jealousy among the population.
Hungary is a place where one of your mother-in-law’s good friends is the wife of one of the leaders of the post-System Change Smallholders’ Party (FKgP) National Assembly caucus and they refer to him by the nickname “Mr. Senator” in ironic comparison of him to a U.S. Congressman.
Hungary is a place where your wife’s good friend from the rowing club is the grandson of one of the country’s Second World War prime ministers.
Hungary is a place where you learn from the formerly high-ranking communist grandfather of one of your friends the names of all those among the Fidesz administration whose fathers were also communists.