Every day spent in Hungary, regardless of city/town, was just packed with food, travel, and all sorts of other things that really held me back when it came to logging and blogging the day's events, but now I can really reflect on something that was very neat, for lack of better adjective(s).
What was pitched to us Americans as a "ghost town" could more accurately be described as an "abondoned Soviet town that is eerily similar to the setting of Chernobyl Diaries." On the final day of the America Week conferences, pairs of us guests and our hosts set out for some afternoon exploration.
Expecting only one abandoned street with a few collapsed houses and an unfit-for-play park, I was definitely amazed by what I saw. A long drive on a rough dirt road led us to a sorta spooky town with apartments, houses, schools, and even a theater. My Hungarian host estimated that the town had remained uninhabited [with exception of various nomadic peoples e.g. the homeless] for about 40 years. Overall, it was far more interesting than scary and made for a memorable excursion.