Wednesday, December 29, 2010
DC here we come!
I am sitting in the Budapest airport waiting to fly to DC for two weeks. The trip has gone very smoothly so far. The taxi ride was quick, they did not charge us for a third bag, and we bypassed the security line with our diplomatic passports! The extra time at our gate has allowed me to reflect on the season. Emily and I had a wonderful Christmas just the two of us in Budapest. We got our very own real Christmas tree which we dragged through the metro system. They did not even charge us a ticket for the tree! We went to the nutcracker last week, my first time. We went with our good friends, the Blochers. Their two boys loved it too! Emily made lots of Christmas treats and the traditional Scandinavian Christmas dinner of meatballs, pickled herring, riced potatos (yes, I said riced), and lingon berries. One interesting result of being in a community of ex-pats is that most of our friends stayed here and did not have family fly in. Who really wants to visit Budapest in the winter (besides the Christmas market lovers)? So they were our seregate family this holiday! I also got to play my favorite boardgame, Twilight Imperium, twice! I highly reccomend it if you are into galactic empire building. We are so blessed to have a comminity here now. Relationships really are what is important in life. Well, we are about to get on the plane. I wonder if I will have reverse culture shock.... Free refills in restaurants? Sweet!