Gloria Oh

June 16, 2015

Title/Position: Video Program Manager

Number of years at CEU: Coming up to 2 years and 7 months.

Home city/town & country: Home is where the heart is! I’ve been on the move since I was born in former West Germany in 1989. On average I’ve moved every three years.

What’s your favorite Hungarian food?

Halászlé. The broth is remarkably similar to mae-un-tang, a Korean fish soup that my grandfather always made for my family, only the Korean version is spicier and has better fish (sorry Hungary, but South Korea is a peninsula after all).

Whose works of art or design have had the greatest impression on you?

Ansel Adams for his captivating images of the great natural world we live in.

What’s your favorite language, whether you speak it or not?

Korean and English, but I’m kind of biased.

What’s your hidden skill or talent?

Powers of recollection: once I see a face, I don’t forget it.

What’s your favorite quote or idiom?

“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” – Virginia Woolf, “Modern Fiction.”

What do you like to do best on Sundays?

It varies from week to week. These days I find myself on my long runs since I’m training for my first marathon in October. But, this past Sunday was amazing! Cycling along north Balaton and enjoying the panoramic views from Laposa winery on Badacsony hegy. Great company, wine, and gorgeous weather. Who could ask for more?

Which is your favorite building, park, museum, or public spot in Budapest?

There’s a bench halfway up Gellert Hegy, which by night offers amazing views of the city.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

French fries, but they have to be hot, crunchy, and preferably flavored with garlic.

Name one adventure you’d like to have:

Backcountry hiking through Alaska. It’s the one U.S. state I haven’t visited, if you can believe it!