Welcome to An American in Budapest!
In 2000, author and California teacher Phillip Done decided to follow his dream and relocate to Europe. With two suitcases, one guidebook, and zero knowledge of Hungarian, he moved to Budapest where he has lived, taught, and torn open care packages from home for most of the last decade.
Before moving to Hungary’s capital, Phil knew nothing about the land of the Magyars except that Zsa Zsa Gabor was a former Miss Hungary, Bela Lugosi had a strong Hungarian accent, and that when a party guest in My Fair Lady tries to determine where the newly transformed Eliza Doolittle is from, he announces that there is only one possibility – she must be Hungarian!
While living in Budapest, Done has survived drinking pálinka, braved Hungarian winters, and can’t count the number of foot-in-mouth moments he’s had trying to learn the impossible Hungarian language. (Don’t ever say “cookie” to a group of Hungarian kids. It means willy.)
The celebrated author of two heart-warming memoirs (32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny and Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind), Phil currently teaches at the American International School of Budapest. We at Amerikai Hírújság are delighted to have Phil share his stories, insights, and observations from Hungary.
An American in Budapest