A small jubilee

As a little special for my half-year stay and 50th blogpost, I will answer a few questions that I have been asked every now and then by different people.

What’s the weather like?

After the first few weeks I would have said, not different than in Germany. There is sun, there is rain and the temperatures are comparable, too. Then we got the first frost in September (maybe you remember the blog post I made about that) and then no frost at all for all of October.

By now I would say, it is not as different as I (and many others, apparently) expected it to be.

One major difference I noticed, though, is, that it is a lot more windy than in Germany. There is lots of sunshine, even now in winter, it’s below freezing point most of the time and there’s snow, but above all, it’s windy. That’s probably the biggest difference I can tell you about.

What exactly are you doing all day?

That’s actually not that easy to describe - it depends a lot on which day and what’s planned in the near future. Because of it being winter and thus us not having any visitors in the camp, it’s a little more quiet.

Recurring things in my time table include feeding the horses, the hand craft lessons on Thursdays and the Baranta training on Wednesdays and Fridays. Every now and then I also visit Sebastian in his school.

Now, during the Winter, I focus more on learning Hungarian, too. Especially when the weather is unpleasant enough that I don’t want to spend much time outside. Writing this blog takes quite a bit of time, too.

And? How are you faring?

I am great! I am enjoying myself here immensely, and it’s absolutely wonderful not having to worry about exams for a while.

What I am missing every now and then is a bit of company. I’m alone quite a lot, because we still haven’t found another volunteer (for various reasons), but that should change quite soon, hopefully.

Otherwise I’m having the best of times.

Don’t you miss your home?

Not really, no. Of course there are few things I would like to have in Hungary, too (my sword and my accordion, for example), but there are so many new and interesting things all around me, that I don’t really have time to miss anything at all. And thanks to the internet it’s not that difficult to keep in contact with the rest of the world.

What’s also helping is that I know that this - I’ll just call it separation - is nothing permanent. My stay here in Hungary is temporary, and back in Germany I have a home, friends and a family to come back to. That way, they are not out of the world, just not available right now. This makes, in my eyes, a huge difference.

Will you come back some time in between?

No. I already said before my departure that I want to experience as much of Hungary and it’s culture as possible - including the important holidays you’d normally spend with your family. Maybe there will be a concert sometime during the year to lure me back for a weekend, but holidays in the homeland are not planned.

So you could say: Whoever wants to see me during my time in Hungary has to visit me themselves. And Hungary is definitely worth a visit!

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