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Debrecen, Hungary – In Pictures

Ceylon tea at Carpe Diem Tea House on Batthyány Street

Ceylon tea at Carpe Diem Tea House on Batthyány Street

Snow falls in all its beauty

Snow falls in all its beauty

Christmas market in the city centre

Christmas market in the city centre

Christmas market in the city centre

Christmas market in the city centre

A tram passes through the Christmas market all lit up

A tram passes through the Christmas market all lit up

German style burger and hot-dog at the Christmas market

German style burger and hot-dog at the Christmas market

The Northern Great Plain, part of the Great Hungarian Plain

The Northern Great Plain, part of the Great Hungarian Plain

Nagypiac (Big Market) hosting many fresh fruit and veg stalls as well as butchers and fishmongers

Nagypiac (Big Market) hosting many fresh fruit and veg stalls as well as butchers and fishmongers

Left: Road, Middle: Cycle path, Right: Footpath

Left: Road, Middle: Cycle path, Right: Footpath

Békás-tó (Frog Lake)

Békás-tó (Frog Lake)

Nagytemplom (Great Church) The Great Calvinist Church of Debrecen

Nagytemplom (Great Church) The Great Calvinist Church of Debrecen

Nagyerdő (Big Forest)

Nagyerdő (Big Forest)

University of Debrecen (UNIDEB) main building

University of Debrecen (UNIDEB) main building

2013 Flower Festival - Held in August, annually

2013 Flower Festival – Held in August, annually

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Hungary to Turkey (and back) – Without flying

As a non-flyer I’m always getting trains and buses but reliable information is often hard to come by, this information is 2014.Turkish Hungarian flag

Budapest to Istanbul (train)

Budapest to Belgrade (€15) Mav-Start 8 hours
There is a wait in Belgrade for the connecting train of about 15 hours, if you’re not in a hurry it’s a great opportunity to explore Belgrade (often written as Beograd) the kalemegdan (fortress) is especially worth visiting.
Belgrade has a left luggage option which can be found just round the corner by the bus station.

Belgrade to Sofia (€20) Serbian Railways sleeper/couchette 10 hours
There is also a wait here for the connection this time of 11 hours and while this is also an opportunity to explore Sofia (often written as Sofya) it is not as beautiful or interesting as Belgrade. Papaya offers good value breakfasts which can be found on the main road Maria Luiza Boulevard (it connect the train station to the city centre).
There is also a left luggage option at the train station. Ignore anyone approaching you to offer you ‘information’ and showing you a badge, they are scammers.

Sofia to Istanbul (€20) BDZ sleeper/couchette 13 hours

Bursa to Budapest (bus)

Bursa to Sofia (€30) Metro Turizm 13 hours

Sofia to Budapest (€48) Eurolines/Kapat-C 12 hours

Multi-generational interstellar travel; ethics.

Following on from the 2005 objections debate here about multi-generational interstellar travel I want to put the ethical issue of ‘condemning’ future generations to a limited life on board the ship.

Basically the arguments against focus on the future generations not wanting to pursue their forefathers ambitions and having a limited life (not being able to have a wide selection of human social relations, being cut-off from Earth society (at least in a physical way)).

According to British anthropologist Robin Dunbar the amount of people we know and keep in contact with lies between 100 and 250, meaning there is a good chance on a ship with a starting crew of say 2000 people which of course will expand through the generations it is unlikely that a situation will arise where everyone knows everyone.

As for the idea that these future generations will be cut-off from the developments back on Earth this is potentially true should there be a communications malfunction otherwise audio and visual communication and learning will continue to be possible as well as uploads and downloads.

Comparisons have been made to past explorers setting out to find new land on Earth and colonising islands, effectively stranding their future generations to the island till the time came about that allowed travel much easier and faster.

Summery
In short I see absolutely no issue with setting out on a multi-generational adventure providing that the crew consisted of at least 2000 people.

Multi-generational interstellar travel; what to consider.

I’ve been thinking a lot about multi-generational interstellar travel lately, is it just me or has there been a lot of developments on the space front recently? Finding new planets and planets that may be habitable or easily terraformable (ETP), this has probably led me to think about the subject.

For now a want to leave aside the cost of such a project.

Firstly, what are the main issues to consider?

Technology
-Inc (but not limited to) Propulsion, Artificial gravity system, Water purification, Computerised systems

Ship size
-Inc (but not limited to) Size, Design

Crew
-Inc (but not limited to) Quantity, Hierarchy, Skills, Selection process

Mission objectives
-Inc (but not limited to) Scientific research, Exploration, Colonisation

Facilities and features
-Inc (but not limited to) Garden, Recreation, Accommodation, Medical, Laboratories, Health, Educational

On-board manufacturing/production
-Inc (but not limited to) Clothes, food, Repairs

Ship economics
-Inc (but not limited to) Employment, Money/Credits

Ethics
-Inc (but not limited to) Fate of future generations, Risk

Each section is worthy of a full entry which will come later but first I want to make sure that I haven’t missed any obvious topics/issues.