Today after school we went down to Budapest again. We got there early (and Rotary was late, anyway). So we went to a small restaurant and shared a bottle of wine. Then we got on the bus for Venice!
We got to Venice in the late morning. It rained on and off through the night. That did not bode well for me, as I was in shorts and a t-shirt. It ended up being rainy and cold the entire weekend. But that was OK, because I bought a really nice pullover that kept me warm. Venice was gorgeous! Pete and I walked around all day in the pouring rain, but it was definitely worth it!
Today was pretty good. In philosophy, a couple of people actually talked to me (they had pretty much ignored me for a while). It was so nice... such a little kindness is really appreciated!
Also, we had a firedrill today. At first, I thought a student was just pulling a prank or something, but when everybody got up and started walking out, I got the picture.
To top things off, a teacher talked to me today. Just basic stuff, like how I like Hungary, etc., but I understood and replied! Wee! I like to actually experience progress!
Yesterday, the family and I went to a really AWESOME theatre show - "Valahol Europaban" ("Somewhere in Europe"). It was about a gang of homeless kids during WWII. Although it was put on by an amateur group from Sárospátak, it really looked profesionally done!
Then, today, I got my *hair cut*! It seems so childish, but it was a big thing for me that I managed to get across (using a combination of sign language and actual Hungarian) just how I wanted it cut. I was completely alone doing it, too!
Happy Halloween! I had my Halloween Party today, and it went really well. I got home and rushed around for 3 hours or so renting videos, carving the (very green) pumpkin, and baking brownies. Just as I'd finished, the guys showed up - right on time. Most of the rest of the people arrived an hour or so late. They arrived in groups, and each group brought a gift - some food or drink, so I ended up with more food than I began with! This is a Hungarian custom, because when people asked what they should bring (at school), I had told them not to bring anything. I don't mind!
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