First, a few pictures from the Hungarian dinner party since I never managed to get them added to the relevant post…
Now, for the new stuff :-).
I’m living in a city that actually has seasons. This makes me far more excited than it really has any right to. The leaves have been turning colors, the weather has taken a definite turn towards the colder, and there are people selling roasted chestnuts (which are quite tasty incidentally) and hot wine from carts in the parks. The obvious correct response to this is to spend more time walking around outside enjoying the existence of autumn. On Thursday we went for a walk in Nepliget – a beautiful park that manages to forget that it is in the middle of a city. Here are some pictures from that walk:
On Friday, we decided to go for a walk in the evening before dinner (we had had a late lunch), and since it has been getting dark early, we decided that it would be fun to climb Gellért Hegy (a large hill in Buda) to see the view of the city at night. We walked to Deák Tér, got a couple pictures of the sunset and rode the blue metro line to Kalvin Tér. From there we walked across Szabadság Híd (
When we decided we were ready for dinner, we walked back to Kalvin Tér in
Saturday, Christina and I headed to Keleti train station to catch the train to
After dinner (which had taken at least two hours) we hung out with Roxana and her family. We played backgammon with her dad and then she and her dad taught us a fun Romanian card game. We played it twice, first with Roxana and her dad and then with her and her brother. Her brother was very entertaining. He knows just enough English slang to be really funny when he tries to use it (which he was doing constantly). For supper, the meat and cheese tray and eggplant salad came out again, this time accompanied by chocolate filled crepes, large mugs of warm fresh milk that her grandmother had sent and muesli (a granola and fruit cereal).
Monday morning Christina and I worked on HW while Roxana’s family was all at school/work. Around 2:30, they came home and we had “lunch” which was just as involved a meal as Sunday dinner, and just as delicious. We went for another walk to see more of the city itself and then came back and looked at pictures Roxana had of things like the chestnut festival and the region at other times of year. It was a fun and relaxing evening. For supper we had pizza and more milk with muesli, followed, of course, by dessert.
The train station at Keleti and pictures taken from the train:
Pictures from the village museum:
Wait...that's not a European license plate... We saw it while walking around in Baia Mare
Her family (minus her mom who was taking the picture) and the cake we had on Sunday
Tuesday morning we caught the train back to
Interestingly, the trip also made me realize just how much Hungarian I have learned and how used to