Bálint was born in communist Budapest in a family of teachers and linguists, and he vividly remembers living through the political, economical, and social changes in the 1990s as a child. He grew up in a family full of stories about the pre-WWII era of prosperity and peace, and the Nazi occupation that destroyed it, while his grandparents hid in caves and many of their friends disappeared in the Holocaust. During the communist takeover and the 1956 anti-communist revolution, four of Bálint’s great-uncles escaped the regime and fled to the West. Such stories provoked his passionate interest in 20th-century history deeply woven into his family history. Bálint studied sociology at ELTE University in Budapest and also learned English, German, Dutch, and Turkish. In 2005, he also became a licensed tour guide to help visitors explore his beautiful and complex homeland. More recently, Bálint earned his license as a Jewish Heritage guide. He considers himself very fortunate to be doing work that he loves, meeting new people from all over the world, and seeing his world through their eyes, as well as sharing world-views with others, and having inspiring conversations about history, people and life.