Hello! I apologize to everyone who follows our blog for the long time between posts. Thanks so much for reading, it means a lot to Matt and I and we will be better about more frequent posts in the future! We are starting to settle in more in Budapest. The first few weeks we really were in shock - its just SO very different here from home. We celebrate small victories everyday! Here are some recent small victories:
- Found the big fruit/vegetable market and bought some hard-to-find produce like spinach, mushrooms, lemons.
- Figured out how to get things shipped to us from Amazon
- Had friends over for a meal for the first time
- Figured out how to find movie theaters that show movies in English
- Found some coffee shops that serve coffee to go (most of them here require you to sit down and order coffee).
- Discovered how to take the subway to Tesco (large wal-mart like store).
Those are a few of our latest victories!
We have also had lots of funny things happen since we've been here. As you can imagine. One story that comes to mind - we were trying to get home one night after a movie, it was about 10:30 p.m. We decided to try to get a cab. Usually here it is recommended to call a cab ahead of time (so you can ensure its a reputable company) but obviously we couldn't do that because we were already out. So we went to a square near a large bus/metro stop and were looking for a cab. We were looking for about 10 minutes and finally spotted two cabs parked on the street with their lights on indicating they were free. We went up to the first one - the cab driver was fast asleep. We were like "should we wake her up??!!". We went to the second cab. Again, driver fast asleep. We were giggling wondering if it would be rude to wake them up? Did they want business more or sleep more? We ended up taking the bus, which came just as we were trying to decide what to do.
About the public transportation here. Its VERY good. Coming from D.C., we are amazed at how good it is and think its pretty funny that most people look at us funny when we say we don't have a car. We have never waited more than 4 minutes for the subway or tram or 10 minutes for a bus. No matter what day or time. Another funny thing about the subway is that it is seriously fast and efficient. These folks are not messing around. The escalators run at least twice as fast as any in the U.S. Its actually kinda scary to step onto it, I find myself grabbing Matt before we step on if he's with me. No one walks up or down them because there is no need to - they are fast enough! Also, the doors to the trains would never meet American safety standards I don't think. They open and close while the train is still moving and when they shut, they SHUT. They are made of extremely heavy metal and they SLAM. There is no need for the warning that they have in the D.C. metro that says that the doors don't bounce back. It is readily apparent that you will be crushed to pieces should you be so unfortunate as to get between them at the wrong time.
Well, enough about the public transportation in Budapest. I am sure that you now know more than you ever wanted to know about it.
This is a holiday weekend in Hungary and Matt has Monday off. So, we are renting a car and going to Heviz, Hungary. This is a resort town about 2 hours west of Budapest that has a thermal lake - it is a natural lake that is fed by thermal springs so it never gets below 78 degrees F and gets as hot as 93 deg. in the summer. We are staying at a little B&B I found online, which has a hot tub, 2 saunas, and massages for $24/hour! We can't wait to have a nice relaxing weekend after all the stress of moving. Here is a link to the hotel we are staying at that has pictures of the lake on it : http://prestigehaz.hu/en/
That is all for now.
May the peace of the Lord be with you,
Emily (& Matt)