Sunday, 1 July 2012

Back from Budapest

I am back from Budapest (Hungary) where I attended to the XII Conference on Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry (CAC 2012).
The meeting was very interesting and the town very nice and pleasant. Walking through the streets of Buda (the high town) I discovered the sculpture of Andras Hadik, the man who raided Berlin during the Seven Years War with only 7,200 men. Hadik imposed to the Prussian capital a contribution of 200,000 talers and two dozen pairs of ladies' gloves, stamped with the city coat of arms so that he could make a present them to his Empress. On a humorous note, and according to legend, the Prussians "gained a kind of revenge [on Hadik] by making sure that all of the Empress's gloves were for the left hand." (see this link)

It is said that rubbing the balls of the Hadik's horse will bring you luck and it is the reason why while the rest of the horse has a green patina the "balls" are super shinny!

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  1. Hahahaha - well done Rafa - your powers of observation are unsurpassed! Shiny horse balls indeed!