Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The Oracle at Delphi
Delphi was by far the most relaxing part of our trip for the simple reason that there isn’t a whole lot to do there. We took the three-hour bus to Delphi on Thursday with two other girls from our hostel, Kathleen and Nicole. They were also American students studying abroad (Copenhagen). It has been such fun to meet people randomly like that, and the best part is that everyone we’ve met has been so nice. And since most of the people we meet are also traveling all over right now, they have interesting stories, and their lives are similar to ours. I worry sometimes that when I go home it will be hard to relay all my experiences to my friends and family because they’ve all been living their regular lives while I’ve been over here. It’s not that I think my life is so much more exciting, it’s just very different from the daily routine back home. So it was nice to meet other abroad students and travelers.
a tad bit disappointed
After Santorini and living in a real-life fairy tale for three days, we were a bit disappointed in Athens. It’s such a huge city, really enormous. We had four male roommates in our hostel again, one of whom had sleep apnea and snored like nothing you’ve ever heard. The whole city smelled of some sort of urine/corn/bleach combination, and there’s really not all that much to do tourist-wise. We made the most of it, though.
Santorini, part two
Santorini only got better on Sunday, which was October 22. Maybe you don’t know this, but that’s my half birthday. :) It began with sun shining in our windows. The air was warm and sweet-smelling when we went onto the porch before breakfast. Definitely beautiful.
Santorini - the island of dreams
Santorini was by far my favorite place on our journey. I am so glad we decided to go there, because it wasn’t in the original plan. What a fabulous addition.
The beginnings of my Greek Adventure
First of all, I love Greece. It is so beautiful and warm. I have so many great memories from my time there that it is very unlikely I will be able to remember them all for these posts. That being said, I will try to give a good account of my experiences. I won’t put the whole trip in one blog, though. That would simply be too long. So I’ll start with our traveling experiences on the way to our first stop (Santorini) in this blog.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
nem meleg viz
If you speak Hungarian, you know that the title of this post means “No hot water.” Why would I make that the title? Because that’s how I started my day. I woke up to the sound of pipes being clanked, and decided to get up after listening to the noise for five minutes. I hopped in the shower, and immediately realized why the pipes had been being worked on: there was no hot water.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
If you’re Canadian, then you have already celebrated Thanksgiving. If, like me, you are living among four Canadians, then you get to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving AND still look forward to American Thanksgiving. For those of you who don’t know, Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated on Monday, October 9. Since we had classes all day, with twelve of us taking Art History until 9:30 at night, a celebration was planned for the following day. Our Tuesday night culture class had been postponed until Wednesday morning, so at 6:30 on Tuesday night the festivities began.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
what to do when procrastinating in Budapest
When presented with a five-day weekend, one doesn’t feel a pressing need to do homework right away. I’ve always been good about staying on top of my school work, doing it as I get it and not letting it pile up, but having the urgency of due dates really helped with that. Now, after my three Monday classes and one Tuesday class are done, I feel like I have so much time, why do homework now? I try to do a bit each day so that it doesn’t really pile up, but it is so nice to be able to enjoy the weekend, and then have the weekend to do my homework! Especially this time of year, when it is so beautiful out. The weather has just turned cooler, but it’s still in the upper sixties with clear blue skies every day. Not like Michigan. I’ve been told by native Hungarians that this is not typical weather, and last year by the time October rolled around they had already had the heat on for a whole month. Isn’t it an El Nino year? I think so, and I’m very glad it is.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
a little relaxation
I think yesterday was the best day I’ve had in Budapest so far. The weather has finally gotten a little cooler, I didn’t have a weekend trip hanging over my head, and so I just bummed around the city with Mary all day. We left around 11 to go to Karoli Gaspar University, where we have classes on Monday. The English department there has its own library, and we needed to do some reading for our Holocaust in American Literature class. We stayed there doing homework until almost 1, when we left to go to a cafe, where we did a bit more reading for classes.
Around 2 we left to go pick up my plane ticket for Greece, where I am going in two weeks. We have a fall break for 10 days, and everyone is traveling. Christy and I picked Greece as our destination of choice, and bought tickets online about a week ago. That was an exciting day. So Mary and I took the subway up farther north in the city than we had ever been. It was so refreshing to get to a part of the city where we could still explore. We found a large market, much like the Central Market nearer where we live and go to school, and wandered around in it for awhile. While there we bought langos (lahn-goh-sh), a traditional Hungarian food, for the first time. Langos is really just friend dough, which you can put seasonings on. We both had garlic on ours. It was fabulous, but kind of greasy.
After our langos and exploration, we headed over to Professor Fetzer’s for a weekly open house (Fetzereknel in Hungarian). We were especially excited for it this week, because his wife, Tamara, had finally joined us here. She flew in on Tuesday, so yesterday (Wednesday) was the first time we got to see her since our informational meeting back at Calvin in April. It was so good to see her, and so see him so happy to have her here. We all love Professor Fetzer a lot, so anything that makes him that happy is good for us, too.
Upon leaving Fetzereknel, though, things got really interesting.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
You’re probably starting to think that all I do here is travel. I’m starting to think that too. Last weekend was the group excursion to Krakow and Auschwitz, and it was an entirely different experience than the previous weekend’s trip to Romania. Instead of riding in vans with Janos and Robbie, our wonderful drivers and guides in Transylvania, we all rode together in a 28 passenger mini-bus. That was kind of nice at times, because we weren’t secluded in three separate vans, but I still liked the vans better. I’m more of a small group kind of girl, so it was easier to get to know the few people in my van on more personal terms, and we had a lot of fun. We actually had more wiggle room in the vans, too, and on 8-9 hour drives, wiggle room is a very nice commodity.