Thursday, August 31, 2006
This morning as I was getting ready for Hungarian language class, I ate some “Mini Zimtos” (think Life cereal meets Golden Grahams) with some 1.5% milk on them. It is impossible here to get any type of milk other than 1.5% or 2.8%. There is no skim milk, nor regular 1% or 2%. And it all comes liters, although you do have a choice of a pouch or a carton. I still don’t know how to say milk in Hungarian, or else I’d tell you how right now. We have started learning the language a bit though. This morning we learned numbers one through 10,000. Pretty good for one morning, eh? I can also say good morning (jo reggelt) and good day (jo naput), thank you (kosonom), and one or two other random things.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
So here are some things I’ve noticed in the few days I’ve been here. First of all, the standard of personal hygiene is, well, different. It is not at all uncommon to stand next to someone on the bus and wonder if they’ve showered or put on deodorant this week. I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but right now it still surprises me every time. Secondly, I have seen one or two speed limit signs, but for the most part, people just drive as fast as the possibly can between one traffic light and the next. Traffic tends to be on the light side because so many people use public transport, but those that do drive do so quickly, and with absolute precision. I have seen so many almost-crashes, but never has anyone actually hit something.
Me and Kyla, worried about the speed of traffic
They just come within inches. Wow. Third, waiters will not bring you your check unless you ask. Last night Julia (my roommate) and I went to an ice cream place, and sat there for an hour and a half before we figured this out. The place was closing and so finally we asked for our check.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Finally in Hungary
So, I’m Emily. I’m in Budapest. “Why?” you may ask. Well, quite honestly, there’s no specific reason. I wanted to do a semester abroad. I didn’t want to go to London for it (let’s not get into the reasons there). France would have to wait until next year, and I have other plans then. So, it was this year, and Hungary sounded pretty interesting. So far, I have not been disappointed. But I should start at the beginning. A very good place to start.