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. 

Fortunately, there was lukewarm water, so I took a cool shower (quickly).  Luckily there weren’t many of us who needed to shower this morning, because the vast majority of the group has left already for our two-week break.  Aron and Rachel were the first to leave.  At 3 a.m. a taxi came to take them to the airport for the 6:00 flight to Rome.  Mary, Kyla, and Christine left at 6:30 a.m. to catch their 10:30 flight to Stockholm.  Nate and Annaliese took off around 8 for Valencia (Spain), Ryan and Dora left at 9:30 to get a plane to Copenhagen, and Cory, Christina, Sarah, and Elisabeth left shortly thereafter to meet their flight to Athens.  We are dispersing quickly.  Julia, Christy, and I leave at 9:30 tomorrow morning for the Budapest airport.  At 12:50 Julia will fly to Florence to meet her boyfriend for the break, and Christy and I will fly to Athens.  Needless to say, we’re pretty excited.  All day we’ve randomly leaned over to one another and whispered, “We’re going to Greece!”  And in twelve hours we will be leaving our dorm to go there.  I’ll be taking my laptop along with me, so I’ll be able to put up posts even while in Greece. 
While I’m pleased to be going to Greece, I sort of wish right now that I were going to Calvin for a few days instead.  We’ve been working on planning schedules for next semester (and the rest of our college years), and it would be so nice to just be at Calvin to talk to professors and get questions answered promptly.  For instance, I have been considering adding a French minor to my English major, and going to France for the semester next fall.  However, in going through the classes that I still need to complete my English major and my core requirements, I don’t have time to do another semester abroad.  So I’ve been trying to figure out what classes to take when, and how everything is going to fit into my schedule, and it would just be so much more convenient to be where my advisor is.  I’m looking forward to the break to just forget about it for awhile.
Now, to close, two positive anecdotes.  First of all, last week Annaliese’s friend Emily was here to visit and brought some American magazines.  While flipping through one the other day, I saw an advertisement for the sort of lotion I had bought when we first arrived.  And know what?  It’s not just lotion.  It’s sunless tanner!  Of course, the bottle is all in Hungarian, so I had no idea that I was buying anything other than lotion, and interestingly enough it was the cheapest bottle I saw (maybe it was on sale that day?).  So for the past two months I’ve been unknowingly using sunless tanner.  Nice. 
Secondly, last week on one of our many free days Julia and I went to Gellert Park to read.  What we found there was simply fantastic: adult-sized slides!  Obviously, we played on them.
   
Well, that’s the news from Budapest, where all the women are strong, the men drink beer at 10 a.m., and the children navigate public transportation on their own.

Posted by Emily MacLeod on 10/18 at 03:18 PM
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