Tuesday, December 18, 2007

All Things Come to an End Eventually

It is currently Tuesday. I took my last final of the semester this morning. Christina and Tom and I are most likely going to take a day trip to Vienna tomorrow. Thursday is the BSM farewell party. On Friday I fly home. As usual with this sort of thing, none of it seems real. It still has not completely sunk in that within 3 days I will be back in the United States. The next few days are going to be crazy. This is most likely the last post from Budapest, but I will update at least once after I get back to the US.

I've been working on Christmas shopping, so I have spent a lot of time bouncing between the Christmas markets that have sprung up at nearly every metro stop looking for gifts for everyone. The markets can be a bit overwhelming at times because of the sheer number of people, but they also have a wonderfully happy Christmasy atmosphere and are certainly much more fun than shopping in any American mall.

Saturday it snowed - not a lot, but enough to coat the hill behind the apartment in a blanket of white. I was inside most of the time that the snow was falling. My host mom and I spent all morning cooking and then had a HUGE lunch with her two daughters and son-in-law and two grandsons and Jessie. We then spent most of the afternoon chatting and snacking on some of the extra food. After everyone had left and we got things reasonably cleaned up, I met up with people to go look at some of the Christmas lights that are all over the city. I tried to take pictures, but they are the sort of thing that it is impossible to really capture.

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