The following photographs resulted from an exploration that led me to making my first short film entitled “Bakter” (The Track Changer) in Hungary.
I was surprised at how many people were already there. The train leaves at 07:45H so I arrived at Keleti very early.
The ride was about two and a half hours long. I haven’t gone to another country via train, this would be the first time.I used to love trains and thought I’d gotten over it, but being alone in an early morning trip reminded me that I still did.I fell asleep and woke up in Stúrovo. It’s the first stop the train makes in Slovakia.I decided to visit Viktoria’s hometown for the weekend after hearing so many stories about it. There, I met her sister, Andi and all their grandparents.
On the map, we showed them where I was from, ‘That’s a very long way if you go by walk!’ — quipped Viki and Andi’s grandpa.They said the winter was harsh to this plant and it did not survive.
We said goodbye to them and then went back home.We were joined by Andi and Viktoria’s other grandpa for lunch. Viktoria told me that he used to work as the man who changed the train tracks.
They took me around Udvard with Portas as our guide, of course.
It was the middle of Spring and everything was blooming.I went home the same day. It’s always a surprise to see and get to know the people your friends grew up with and in knowing this part of their life, you get to know them a little better.