Thursday, April 15, 2010

Acting Executive Officer

So today marks the last day of being the "Acting EXO" at my work. The Executive Officer is a quirky name for the management officer for USAID. That position is in charge of many of the administrative functions such as HR, IT, Security, Procurement, Travel, etc. for the USAID office. The position also works closely with the director of the office.

Up until this point, I have just observed how the office and the EXO work, this week I got to live it. It is an interesting job because you never know what is going to happen or who will walk into your office. This week I had to help someone reinstate their car insurance. They got a letter saying as of today you are unisured and you better not drive your car... I also helped another person find baby sitting.... weird. More of the mundane things have been setting up trainings this summer and signing lots and LOTS of papers (hmnn, hope I don't go to jail for this one...).

I wasn't sure what I was expecting with my job here in Budapest, but this week has been pretty fun.

- Matt

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter!

This morning we went to an Easter sunrise service that the church we have been attending hosted. Here are some pictures.



We missed our friends and family alot this Easter but had a great time spending time together today. Seeing the sun rise over the empty cross while standing on a mountain really brought home the Easter Good News for me this year.











We also had a ham that I bought at the produce/meat market behind our building and I made my dad's famous mac n cheese and lemon chiffon cake. It was such a feast! The hungarians are serious about pork and The ham was pretty much the best one I ever had.













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