My first visit to the United States was a customer visit: I was flying around and visited small towns for very short periods of time – almost without any opportunities for sightseeing, and with very few sights to see. I was able to spend a few days only in San Jose, and while wondering in Downtown, I ran into the university.
While as a European, I was not entirely comfortable with the layout of American cities – but when I stepped under the entrance arches of the university, I almost felt like home. This was a friendly, cozy place to study, have a chat, and walk around.
The university is a complex structure in many ways. It is not just a huge open space surrounded by buildings – it is divided into several pieces with it’s own distinct atmosphere by the greenery, walls, and the buildings themselves. The university has a sports stadium – something very uncommon in Hungary.
What made the campus even more exciting to me are the variety of architecture. Some buildings have a real classical feel – others have an “ultra-modern” style which was in fashion a few decades ago; others were built for pure functionality. There are also a few statues around – making the place even more unique and loveable.
But what I liked the best – the university police has absolutely no problem with me taking photos. They acknowledged my presence and went on without saying a word. In Hungary, universities – public and private ones alike – are real hysterical about anyone taking photos in their premises.