We arrived in Budapest yesterday (Feb. 3rd) at around 3:00 p.m. Budapest time (which is 6 hours ahead of EST). Both us and the cats made it here without any major hiccups, praise God! We had an hour delay in Frankfurt, but otherwise had a smooth trip. The Frankfurt airport was very nice. We couldn't get over how good the airport food and coffee were. We had a delicious gourmet sandwich from a cart in the airport - it was as good (actually better) than any Panera-type sandwich. The coffee was way better than any I've had in the states, much less the airport!
When we arrived at the Budapest airport, the cats were waiting for us on the baggage claim carrel. They actually put the kitties on the carrel thing! They were fine, both were just sitting calmly in their crates. We were so happy to see them. Oddly, we didn't even have to go through customs or passport control and walked right out of the airport to the US AID folks waiting for us. After a 20 min. ride into the city, we arrived at our apartment. By this point, we were utterly exhausted and completely overwhelmed. I don't think I've ever been quite so overwhelmed in my life actually. But, we didn't really have too long to sit and think about it, as Matt's new boss kindly had us over to his apartment for dinner about an hour after we arrived! I thought this seemed like a crazy idea when we heard about it a few days ago, but it turned out to be a true blessing. At dinner we met another one of Matt's co-workers, Tim, and his wife Andrea (who is Hungarian). They were both so friendly and were such a blessing to us in our first few hours here. They gave us lots of helpful tips and were just generally two warm and friendly faces to us.
We immediately went to bed when we got back to our apartment and slept for about 12 hours. We are still tired but are starting to feel like ourselves a bit again. Our apartment is really beautiful, the high ceilings and huge windows are amazing. We are directly next to the U.S. Embassy - when we look out our bedroom window, we can see people across the street in the embassy at work! Matt's office is one block down from the Embassy, which is super awesome. He is there right now getting acclimated and already is in his first meeting. :)
I would say that we are feeling pretty overwhelmed, fairly terrified, but thankful for all the ways that the Lord has blessed us in our adventure so far. We wait expectantly on Him to provide for us here, and I am relying on Him more heavily than I ever have in my life, which is its own blessing! Thank you for your prayer for us! More to come!