It’s time to say… hello and see you later.
My program has come to an end. I’m leaving this evening. Back to home and back to normal. My last year was about this Fulbright scholarship let alone the time needed for making up the application. I am tired and it is about time to go home.
I’m trying to collect and organize my thoughts, but it is too difficult now. Needles to deny, I am overcome by emotions. If anyone asked me why this visit was so important to me, I would mention two things.
First, professionally, it was a huge experience. I learnt a lot. Now, settling down in my life again, I know this is going to be a fresh start and not the continuation of my previous research program. Okay, Lucas is going to remain my man, but that is all to it. I have new methods, new approaches to apply. My horizon has enormously widened. Ross is a great master and I’m really grateful to him for taking the trouble to teach me. Okay, I know, teaching and learning cannot be enough let alone too much, so it could have been more – under any condition it could have been more, but as a matter of fact it was something great. Thanks to Ross I could understand what Lucas told me about Friedman, the excitement and the inspiration one can receive from his professor. I will always regard Ross as my teacher and academic supervisor.
Second, I have friends here. There are a few things I firmly believe in and one of them is the possibility of some ‘Big Encounters’. It is rare but happens from time to time. I mean we meet people by chance but some of them turn out to be permanent and determinant parts of our lives. I believe and I’d like to believe that my friends here are such constituent parts of my remaining life. The times I had the privilege to spend with them are among the best moments of my life and I will never forget these days. And I sincerely hope this is not over to us. I mean I believe in this ‘charma-thing’ that the gifts we receive we need to hand over to others not to break the flow of love in the world, but I really would like to return their generosity and kindness directly to them.
Now I am associate professor of economics at Budapest Business School again.
This picture was taken after my farewell lunch on Friday. With Melissa Castle-Kirincic, Steve Slivinski, Ross B. Emmett, Mason Hunt and Paul Bernert–the people of the Center of the Study of Economic Liberty, my intellectual home here.
… and with the lovely and wonderful Callie:
And, finally, with Shereé and Ashley:
A few hours to go here.