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January 24, 2013

Local Voices From Around the Globe: Feeling better about being away from home

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During classes in school I read and study Hungarian. I still get bored during lectures; I guess that will never really change. I am making friends and getting to know the school more each day. Needless to say school is all right. I have to take public transpiration there and back, which I’ve grown used to. My school is actually in the city, so I really enjoy the journey getting there. I go to school with my host brother, who is a year older than I am and is part of a different class. I like this arrangement much better than having a host sibling in the same class, I feel less self-conscious of my actions.

My new home being in the city and on the Pest side is really exciting for me. I get to explore the city more and find new places. The other day after school and before a lesson, I was in search of a good café. I was able to find one above a local book store with the best coffee I have ever had. I am most definitely a city person, I think that will be one of the hardest things for me to adjust to when back home. I also have a later curfew, which gives me time to discover Budapest.

My holidays where low key, I spent my New Years watching Harry Potter movies. Nothing really happened. 

I’m just going to take a moment and praise my city. Budapest is truly one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. It’s filled with culture, nightlife, activities and breathtaking sceneries. The public transportation is easy and everything is fairly cheap. The Danube, the river that cuts the city into Buda and Pest, is stunning. People are friendly and the pastries are delicious. The best part is that it’s not overrun by tourists, it is a hidden gem in Eastern Europe. I am far past the “Honeymoon Phase” on my exchange, but I can’t help but feel giddy knowing that I live here. Hungarians have a rather negative view on their country and how it is seen by other countries, but I try to reassure my acquaintances that Hungary is sincerely a nice place. So if you don’t know where to go for your next vacation, try Budapest.

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