Monthly Archives: August 2012

Settling In

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The last two weeks have been pretty busy with meeting people, trying to make my flat a bit homier, and continuing on with trying to get processed into Hungary.  (I promise I’m going to try and keep this blog updated on a more regular basis).  

As far as settling in goes, I think I’m making pretty good progress.  I’ve been to the grocery store several times now picking up odds and ends (today I was SO excited to find baking powder, “Sütőpor”, it comes in little packets like most spices here).  I’m slowly learning my way around on the public transport, getting a bit lost occasionally definitely has helped me figure out the system and the easiest way to read my little map =)  

Last Tuesday I was able to go to a small group that meets a few blocks from my house and I’m very excited to start getting involved in it.  The group, at least during the summer, is full of high school graduates who are searching.  I’m hoping and praying to be able to develop relationships with people in the group.  The leaders of the group have also started a Serve the City branch within Budapest as an outreach which I’m also very excited to get involved with.

Later on last week I was also able to go to Vác for the day to help out with an English softball camp that was going on last week.  I only went out for one day because my foot/ankle is still troubling me a bit, but it was so nice to go and help out.  A youth group from the U.S. was there to teach the kids softball in the morning and English in the afternoon.  I ended up helping to prepare dinner for all the teens that evening.  It was very nice to be able to get to know 2 of the families who are living in Vác.  

Last Saturday the youth group all headed to Budapest for souvenirs and sightseeing.  I hung out with them all day and it was such an encouragement to me to be able to be around American-English speakers for an entire day =)  That was also the first that I had actually gone to the touristy places within Budapest – so now when people visit I’ll know where to take them =)  Now I just need to figure out how to get pictures up without a way to get them onto my computer, haha.   

Immigration processing has proved to be a bit of a frustration.  Many of the offices are only open until noon and they send you to several different buildings before you finally arrive at the right one.  As of yesterday I think I’m about halfway done with the paperwork required for a residency permit.  

 

PRAYER NOTE

– that I’ll be able to find out what classes I’ll actually be teaching as soon as possible

– for support to continue to come in

– openness and boldness

– continuing for my foot, it still has days where it throbs a bit and starts to swell

– for my brain to start grasping Hungarian more quickly 

 

I’m Here!!!

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I got to Budapest in the early afternoon on Tuesday, hit the ground running and haven’t really slowed down yet.

I left Monday early evening, met up with a missionary family who lives just outside of Budapest, and flew with them from D.C. to London and then on to Budapest.

Tuesday is still a bit of a blur – amplified with both jet-lag and the surreal-ness of actually being here.  But I do remember that I was able to meet a missionary family who lives about 20 minutes from me on public transportation.

Yesterday was mainly focused on finding me a flat – and we did!  This morning we even signed the papers on it and I’m spending the night in it tonight.  The flat is in a very central location, and also it’s furnished which is a huge blessing.

Yesterday afternoon I was also able to meet the head of my department at Corvinus face to face.  It was very good to meet her, I’m looking forward to getting to know her better.  Last night I was then able to meet a couple from southern Hungary.  It’s been very nice to meet English speaking Christians throughout the various parts of Hungary.

Today was also mainly dedicated to the flat:  signing papers, getting my first suitcases there, meeting with the owners agent, etc.

I was very excited this evening because I was already able to meet one of my neighbors.  She lives with her Swedish boyfriend next door and they speak in English to each other so her English was nearly perfect.  I’m hoping I will be able to get to know her – she even offered to help me in the grocery store if I still need it after they get back from their holiday in 10 days.   =)

Right now I’m mooching wifi (pronouced weefee =) ) from the McDonalds right near my flat – I know McDonalds…   But, it felt familiar and a small water was the cheapest here than any of the other places with free wifi.  It’s actually the nicest McDonald’s I’ve ever been in, complete with a cellar lounge area with cushy seats and dimmed lighting.

 

PRAYER NOTE

ANSWERED: So from the last list I’ve found a flat AND last Friday the orthopedic doctor proclaimed my foot almost completely healed (he even looked back at his old notes/x-rays because the current x-ray made it look like my foot had never been broken.  My foot is still a bit sore with all the walking, but the light pressure from an ACE bandage helps immensely

NEW:

-For my learning of the Hungarian language (it seems so much more difficult than German) and while many speak a bit of English I really want to be able to converse with them in Hungarian

-For God to really be preparing me to teach, etc.

-For me to really be open with people I meet