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Who says ChE careers aren’t adventurous?

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According to my version of the story, Robert Kohler said, “We don’t need visas to enter Hungary.” According to Robert’s version, he said, “It’s easy to get visas to enter Hungary.” Either way, he was wrong. Either way, he got us to Budapest. Robert Kohler and I visited the OMV plant in Schwechat, Austria, on a Friday morning. At Robert’s urging, we decided to go to Budapest for the weekend, without visas. We took a Vienna-to-Budapest train that stopped at the Hungarian border. The immigration agent was unimpressed by our visa-less American passports. He ordered us off the train — and our luggage too. We found ourselves in a very small border station that some might call a cottage. A tall black-haired taxi driver with a brown leather beret approached us hurriedly and requested $20 each for emergency visa service. We had no other options that we knew about. Robert and I agreed to his price. The taxi driver ran to his cab. Robert and I power-walked behind him, lugging our luggage behind us. Before the car doors were closed, the taxi was speeding through a recently harvested corn field. After a 15-min ride, most of my teeth were loose. When the cab exited the cornfield, we were faced…
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