Recently, I asked my third graders what they would do if they were in charge of the world. One said he’d make homework illegal. A second stated that he’d make soccer a subject in school. Another proclaimed he’d cancel bedtime. If I were in charge of the world, I know exacty what I would do. I’d get rid of all spray paint. Sadly, Budapest, like many big cities, has a tagging problem. Some people seem to be able to ignore it, but I can’t. Why anyone would want to do this is beyond me. Fortuntately, the problem is better than it used to be thanks to an organization that is committed to beautifying Budapest.
Since 2004, Szeretem Budapestet (I Love Budapest) has cleaned over 4500 surfaces in the city. Recently, I took some students to a giant clean-up of Gellért Hill. As we tore leaflets off poles, scrubbed statues, and repainted fences, I asked József Moravcsik, one of the leaders of Szeretem Budapestet, some questions. Enjoy my interview with Visit Budapest Travel here.
For more information about Szeretem Budapestet (in Hungarian), visit their website at szeretembudapestet.hu, and let’s keep Budapest Beautiful!