Sunday, December 24, 2006
Paris and resettling
Last spring when the planning of our fall semester was still happening, the option of a day in Paris on the way home was presented to us. At the time it seemed like an awesome idea, so I eagerly signed up for it. I was pleased to find out that I was one of about ten Calvin students signed up for a Parisian Christmas-time experience. Over the course of the semester, three students changed their mind, and as the time neared, those of us who were still going did not all end up booking the same hostel. So my time was shared only with Mary and Chandra, but it was absolutely fantastic.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The semester is almost officially over, with tomorrow being our last day in Budapest, and we will spend it cleaning. Many people are out tonight, visiting that favorite bar or restuarant one last time. I’ve come down with an end-of-the-semester cold, so I’ve watched the first sixteen episodes of “The West Wing” in the past three days. I must say, I’m hooked. It’s an excellent show and if you aren’t already a fan, maybe you should consider becoming one. Excellent writing, acting, and directing. But anyway, I’ve also had some time for reflection as everyone else runs around taking care of last minute errands and impulses.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I went to the ballet tonight. In Europe. Honestly, who does that? A year ago, I never would have said it would be me. But a lot can change in a year. I remember standing outside my dorm building in the snow last January, on a borrowed cell phone, calling my dad to say that I had heard about Calvin’s semester program in Hungary, and I thought I might apply for it. And now here I am, going to the ballet on Thursday night. And not just any ballet - I saw “The Nutcracker.”
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
worth waking up for
On Wednesday mornings for the second half of this semester a number of us have gathered for Bible study at 10:00. For some reason, I seem to get to bed late on Tuesdays, so waking up is never pleasant on Wednesday morning. Our Bible study is worth it, though. We don’t really do much Bible studying per se. We typically read a selected passage and then read a couple of chapters from “The Last Battle” by C.S. Lewis, and end our time together with prayer.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
A Viennese Weekend
For my final weekend trip while living in Budapest, I went to Vienna with four of my roommates. Kyla, one of said roommates, has a sister, Chanda, who lives in Vienna, and who graciously agreed to host and feed us. That was so nice, because Vienna is expensive. I don’t think I could have made it work without free food and lodging. And such good food. After cooking for oneself for four months (aka lots of pasta and chicken), varied meals with lots of seasonings tasted fabulous. She can also get skim milk, which tasted oh so good.