Last Friday the CEU Residence Center in Budapest was busier than usual. Dozens of CEU alumni and friends gathered solemnly in a large conference room, brought together not for a reunion or meetup, but by the war in Ukraine.
Several had recently arrived in Budapest, families in tow, after fleeing their homes. Some were now living in the dorm.
“I never thought I would be coming back to Kerepesi like this,” one said.