Last spring Karen went to Austria as an exchange student;
this year we got the benefit of having Karen's Austrian friend here.
Elisa is a delightful person, and we greatly enjoyed her visit.
She also happens to be half-American, which made our conversation
easy and fun. If I could keep them both around, I would!
At the elegant Gerbeaud Confectionary in downtown Budapest
Visiting a castle with their classmates
Elisa looking for a souvenir
Karen with a giant hot dog. I don't know this story.
Taking pictures of Budapest
KAREN'S BAPTISM: Before...
...and after, with friends Laci and Adri.
We are so hugely blessed to have
fantastic American friends in our little town!
Here are Shannon and her littlest one, Eliza (Eh-lee-za).
Eliza was the baby we all waited two years to find.
Thursday she'll be seven months old!
Eliza's older sister Joelle is a joy and a delight.
Our friend Ildi made another special birthday cake for Karen.
During one of our many recent trips to Budapest,
Karen and I got supper from the new Subway
(the restaurant, not the underground train)
across from Nyugati train station.
The front of the station was reflected clearly
in the Subway window on that sunny day.
The Vác Stars soundly beat the Érd Pioneers on Saturday.
The team is learning to encourage each other!
They holler, "1-2-3 STARS!!" mixing Hungarian and English:
The airplane you can see here buzzed the field
a couple of times, wiggling his wings in greeting.
According to our aviation expert Caleb,
that's called "wing rocking".
Here are pictures of the youth group in the
Appetizer part of the Progressive Dinner last Friday night:
Hanna and Kato
Adri and Andris
Viktor, Jarrod, Shannon, and Norbi
Caleb, Zsuzsi, and Karen
Eliza, our adopted friend that we waited
two years for, is now six months old.
Here she is with her mom Shannon;
both are keeping an eye on Pascal.
On Wednesday morning, Doug & Lea went to Lea's school
to answer questions for an American Civilization class.
Doug brought his baseball stuff, which was a hit.
On the way home, we talked with some of the baseball team,
who was installing a permanent backstop on the field.
Doug reports that it looks and works great!
Near our apartment house, they tore out a parking lot
to install a below-ground parking garage.
The first few months of construction (destruction?)
were taken up with archeological digging—
very necessary in a town that is
almost a thousand years old.
This past weekend, seven missionary ladies met
in the town of Gyula (in southeastern Hungary)
for rest, rejuvenation, fellowship, worship,
and a birthday celebration.
Gyula contains Hungary's only brick castle.
Lea, Shannon, Edith, Arden, Donna, Laura, Joanna
Mark Newell, a friend and colleague who works at
Corvinus University in Budapest, taught my classes
about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) on Monday.
The way the kids grouped themselves gave them insight
about whether they get their energy from their
inner world or from the outer world.
The way they worked together told them a bit about
how they prefer to deal with the outside world.
Here's one team making a star...
...and a sailboat.
Our schedule was very tight, and they picked that day
to install a screen—in the back of the room—
between classes. We had to move Mark's computer
and projector into a closet during the installation
so that the miniscule bits of plaster wouldn't harm them.
Every year, the kids at the Deaf school dress up
and do skits for the Farsang (Carnival) celebration.
This skit was most insightful: Gina, who represents
Hungary (notice the tricolor outfit she's wearing below?)
stumbled onstage and promptly fainted. A medical team
carried her to an operating room, where a team of doctors
removed (a) Corruption, (b) Unemployment, and (c) Inflation
from Hungary's body. They almost lost her, but after the
doctors restarted her heart with paddles, she jumped off the table
and started dancing with the doctors.
The favorite skit of our 3-year-old friend Joelle
was when the Turks danced with the Cows.
We think it comes from some kind of fairy tale,
but we're not sure.
One class also did a Cowboy and Indian skit.
In this skit, a Cowboy came upon a group of Indians,
saying,"I come in peace. I need a wife."
We're not sure he ever got a wife, but they
seemed to enjoy dancing around the fire.
We are now set with cameras! Yay!
Last Monday, Lea's kids created commercials
for certain strange items.
Here are some photos of them:
Benji, Aurél, Réka, Viki, Hanna
Fanni, Gábor, Zita, Gerg§
Zoli, Máté, Iván, Miki
Emese, Dani, Bella
Kristóf, Deli, Evelin
Timi, Andró, Gábor