Near­ly every AEGEE oldie has been at least once in Budapest. For exam­ple at one of the three Ago­ras in the Hun­gar­i­an cap­i­tal. Or at one of the many great Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties and con­fer­ences there. No won­der that AEGEE’s alum­ni asso­ci­a­tion Les Anciens was elec­tri­fied when the mem­bers heard that this year’s gen­er­al assem­bly will take place there in the last April week­end. And that’s not all: AEGEE-Budapest is organ­is­ing a big event in par­al­lel — in fact, oldies and cur­rent mem­bers will meet. Main LA organ­is­er Zsuzsi Buk­ta told the Gold­en Times what you can expect from this great week­end.

Zsuzsi (right) and co-organ­is­er Mar­i­ann at the leg­endary LA New Year’s event in Budapest 2005/06.

GT: LA Meet­ing in Budapest. Are you excit­ed to host the gen­er­al assem­bly in your city?
Zsuzsi Buk­ta: Absolute­ly! The New Year’s Event in 2005 in Budapest was one of my best AEGEE events ever. This is quite the same sit­u­a­tion: few years have passed with­out meet­ing some good old friends. I hope many of them will come, besides, of course, Les Anciens mem­bers that I don’t even know.

GT: How did it hap­pen that you applied for organ­is­ing the event? Was it a long dream?
Zsuzsi: Last year Kriszti­na Németh and me joined the Les Anciens meet­ing in Cos­ta Bra­va. At the gen­er­al assem­bly — or even before, I don’t remem­ber exact­ly — I men­tioned in a low voice, by the way, that Budapest might be a host city, too.  Every­body was so enthu­si­as­tic, con­sid­ered it as an appli­ca­tion, that I couldn’t step back any more… Alber­to, organ­is­er of the last one, also encour­aged me.

Par­tic­i­pants of the NY event in 2005 in Eszter­gom

GT: What was your moti­va­tion to organ­ise it?
Zsuzsi: The moti­va­tion I told you already: there might be some old friends who come to see me and the oth­er good friends in Budapest. And since at some recent meet­ings there were not too many par­tic­i­pants, we all think that Budapest is an easy des­ti­na­tion, very pop­u­lar, so more fel­lows would join, hope­ful­ly also from East­ern Europe.

GT: In the past you were not so active in Les Anciens, but recent­ly start­ed to attend more events. How come?
Zsuzsi: There was an active peri­od for me, after the 2005 meet­ing, I attend­ed every LA meet­ing until 2009 and even two sum­mer events. Then I got mar­ried, which was part­ly an AEGEE event, too, and I pre­ferred to go on hol­i­days with my hus­band and our friends. Then came Eszter, my daugh­ter, and life changed com­plete­ly again…

Feel like a hero in Budapest!

GT: When is the appli­ca­tion dead­line? Is there a lim­it of places?
Zsuzsi: No, there’s no lim­it, any­one can come. The appli­ca­tion peri­od has just start­ed, the dead­line is 31st of March. Many peo­ple are inter­est­ed and booked flight and hotel already.

GT: Where and how can mem­bers apply?
Zsuzsi: There is a google form, you can find it at the Face­book event and I post­ed it to the Les Anciens mem­bers list as well.

Come to Budapest! This is a order!

GT: What are the pro­gramme high­lights? It seems is not only about the LA assem­bly, but also about Eras­mus and Net­com?
Zsuzsi: Well, AEGEE-Budapest decid­ed to use this occa­sion to organ­ise a meet­ing for active and alum­ni mem­bers. They planned an Eras­mus anniver­sary gala and a Net­Com alum­ni meet­ing, we’ll see how many peo­ple will be inter­est­ed. As for the Les Anciens meet­ing, there will be the usu­al social pro­gram­mme, with joint evening pro­gramme. The Euro­pean Night will be on a boat on Danube. I hope for good weath­er, we would like to be a lot out­side and organ­ise child-friend­ly pro­grammes.

GT: How is the coop­er­a­tion with AEGEE-Budapest going? How do you divide tasks?
Zsuzsi: There are won­der­ful peo­ple there, and they are very enthu­si­as­tic. They do a lot of PR work, and we fre­quent­ly coor­di­nate the pro­gramme. The only bar­ri­er is the lack of enough free time, and the main organ­is­ers hard­ly stay in Budapest nowa­days…

Also the post event in Eger is wait­ing for you!

GT: Who among the oldies is also in the LA team?
Zsuzsi: There is Mar­i­ann Kleszó, Kriszti­na Németh, Krisz­ta Erdős, Boglar­ka Bal­azs. Zsuzsa Kígyós also came to offer her help, and oth­er AEGEE-Budapest oldies are also inter­est­ed in being there.

GT: What can you tell us about the post event in Eger?
Zsuzsi: Three days of relax­ation. Wine tast­ing, of course, excur­sion to the beau­ti­ful hills in the neigh­bour­hood, vis­it­ing a Turk­ish bath, walk­ing in the old city and medieval cas­tle. Eger is a very cosy city, it is fun to just be there and walk around.

Budapest is full of high­lights!

GT: Since you are the most leg­endary Zsuzsi in AEGEE, peo­ple might won­der how you are doing? What do you work, are you mar­ried, do you have kids?
Zsuzsi: I am mar­ried for sev­en years now, my hus­band is a Hun­gar­i­an guy. He knows some of my AEGEE friends and he enjoys their com­pa­ny. My lit­tle girl Eszter is almost four years old and she is won­der­ful. She will also show up dur­ing the event… Grand­moth­er is already asked to be around… I work as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Budapest, and I am also the pres­i­dent of the Hun­gar­i­an Curl­ing Fed­er­a­tion.

GT: Any­thing you would like to add?
Zsuzsi: I can’t wait to be with all the peo­ple here in Budapest!

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