By Gregory Nolan

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Saturday, November 19, was a cold, grey, day in Budapest.  While other students were relaxing in their apartments, a group of 10 to 15 students from the McDaniel College Budapest campus braved the elements, and went on a nature hike in the outer part of the city. 

The hike, led by Professor Greg Viczian and Dr. Matthew Adamson, started at about 9 AM, when the group met up outside of the Széll Kálmán tér metro station, on the Buda side of the city.  The group was composed of students in Professor Viczian’s Digital Photography course, who were on their nature photography trip, as well as other students from the McDaniel Budapest campus. 

After meeting at Szell Kalman Ter, the group caught a Volánbusz to the village of Telki, just outside of the city limits, where the hike began. The group actually got off the bus too early and had to walk a few extra kilometers. The hike took several hours and the group hiked twelve kilometers. 

“We started the hike on the outskirts of the village of Telki, and finished by crossing the city border into the neighborhood of Adyliget,” Dr. Adamson said about the starting and ending points of the hike. 

Some highlights of the hike were the scenic nature views, which made for some great pictures taken by the Digital Photography students. 

Another highlight of the hike was some of the peaks that we climbed along the way. According to Dr. Adamson, the group climbed some pretty impressive peaks

“The highest peak we climbed was Nagy-Kospasz Hegy, all 560 meters of it, not including the lookout tower.” Adamson said. 

Upon finishing the hike, the cold, tired, group caught a city bus and later a tram back to Széll Kálmán tér, where they made their way back to their apartments to rest.  

From the reaction of the students who went, the Fall Semester Hike for 2011 was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and Dr. Adamson has said that he and Professor Viczian will try to plan a similar hike in the spring, that would probably be longer due to the nicer weather.