In America

Hi World.  We’ve been in America for two weeks now.  As we flew into the airport in Washington DC, I looked out the window and was surprised to see shingled rooftops and a handful of baseball fields.  Our friend Tom picked us up and took us back to Charlottesville, VA where we stayed the night.  One the way, we stopped at Starbucks for some coffee (Sorry Chris).  As we ordered our coffees, the person working behind the counter completely understood everything we said.  Amazing. We had to rent a car from Charlottesville to Roanoke VA (Virginia).  The rental office made a mistake and let us borrow a V8 SUV.  I tapped the gas pedal and we all got whiplash (our van in Hungary has a 4 cylinder 1.6 liter engine :).

We’re borrowing a car from my parents while we’re here in the US.  On the second day the gas tank was on Empty, so I filled it with gas.  $30 for over 14 gallons of gas!  This is something like 6000 HUF for 53 liters.  Now that gas prices have dropped in Budapest, I think you could probably buy 14 gallons for around $74. 

We got to grandaddy’s and granny’s house on the second day, and within 30 minutes, Seth was riding the big tractor and feeding the cows hay. 

Today, while driving down the road, a complete stranger waved his hand at me (full arm extended) to say hello.  In that last two weeks, at least 20 complete strangers have said, “Hi, how ya doing?” 

I’ve been amazed at how spread out everything is in the US, realizing how dependent we are upon cars and how we could never really make public transportation work in this country. 

It has been really fun to visit family and friends.  We’re excited that a number of friends here are planning to come visit us in Budapest within the next year or two. 

But we’ve also felt a little tug in our hearts toward Budapest, thinking of it as home in a way.  Even our kids have asked several times, when are we going back home (to Budapest)? 

quotes from the boys

Quotes from Seth and Jacob this week:

“When we go to the English speaking world (America) will there be Hungarians there?” -Seth

“I am speed.”  -Jake

“When we fly to the airport in German will they speak Hungarian there?” -Seth

“I’m a race car driver!” -Jake

“Dad, can you teach me some Ukrainian, Croatian, and Spanish words?” -Seth

“Go faster daddy!  You’ve got to go faster than that car!”  -Jacob, While driving down the road today

less than two weeks

Wow.  We will be flying to America on December 5th…less than two weeks away.  We are so excited to visit family and friends, to see Virginia Tech, to go to Walmart, to see the Appalachian mountains.  But, as the trip approaches, we have been surprised to feel a little sad about missing Christmas in Hungary with our Hungarian friends.  Why can’t we be in two places at the same time?

just a thought

Today, Jacob (3) said he wants a pet tiger.  And he seemed serious.  So I thought to myself, “why not?”  And then I thought, “well…, it might eat us.”  Then I thought, “but we only live once.  Why are we so timid to do things that are slightly risky?”  Then I thought, “Oh yea…, but the tiger would definitely eat us.” 

Dang.  This is too bad.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to buy your little boy a real tiger?  That would be so exciting. 

recent pictures

pirateNathan, a pirate, an Indian, and Underwear-Man.


Canoeing with Balázs.


Canoeing with Balázs.

At Skanszen.

At Skanszen with the boys.


At Skanszen with the boys.  This is a replication of what Hungary used to look like hundreds of years ago.  This windmill was our favorite thing.

new discovery

parachute hillWe recently discovered this awesome spot not too far from our apartment.  Don’t know the name of the mountain yet, but it is above Szépvölgyi út.  This picture is taken from the place where people parachute from most everyday.  Spectacular view of our part of the city…northern Budapest.  We’ll go back and get some good pictures of the parachuters soon!

day with dad

a couple weekends ago, Seth and I spent a whole day together.  We went hiking and found this awesome spot overlooking the Danube.  Nearby there is a zipline that goes down this hill.  Whoa.  In the winter, people ski down this slope.  On the other side of those mountains is Slovakia, just a few kilometers from where we live. 

Seth in Visegrad


jelloI’ve been pretty busy lately. In an effort to redeem the last few days of missing blog-posts, I’d like to share this picture with you. This is indeed a picture of red jello with little pieces of pear, peach and grapes in it. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Granny Jo sent us a couple packages of jello mix, and Laura made some. The boys and I dove head first into it.