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Explore Hungary to find last horse drawn postman

08-08-2011 09:20 BJT

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Hungary has around 10,000 postmen to deliver the mail, but only one of them still uses a horse and cart on his daily round. In the remote rural communities of the Great Hungarian Plain, the horse is still the best way to get where you want to go.

For postman Istvan Kulik, the working day starts in the stables.

He has to harness his trusty mare Kati to get ready for the daily round of deliveries around the small Hungarian town of Gater.

Although the Hungarian postal service has around 10,000 delivery workers, Istvan is the last postman still using a horse.

The rural communities around the town depend on Istvan and Kati for their contact with the outside world.

Gater is 130 kilometers southeast of the capital Budapest, in an area of grasslands known as the Puszta.

For postman Istvan Kulik, the working day starts in the stables.

The roads in this area are often no more than muddy tracks. That's what makes getting around by horse the most reliable means of transport.

For many of the 60-odd families on his mail route, living in relative isolation, Kulik is sometimes the only outsider the farmers see for months - a vital link to the rest of the world. Thanks to his discretion, Kulik's stops are also a bit like a confessional for them.

Istvan Kulik said, "The people are very keen for the postman to arrive. I tell them some news and I am the one they can talk to and if there's a problem, they can tell me about it."

Kulik admits that some days it would be easier if he had a van to deliver the mail.

But, despite the discomforts, this is a life he wouldn't trade.

Istvan Kulik

Istvan Kulik said, "I love life in the open and nature and another thing is that I enjoy talking to people, meeting them. When I was a shepherd, I was the boss and here I have to adapt to the people. It's a fact that you have to learn to adapt to people."

Hungary's last horse drawn postman has no plans to hang up his reigns just yet.

Hungary's last horse drawn postman has no plans to hang up his reigns just yet.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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