Anyone who is not Hungarian or lives in Hungary who pronounces that correctly on the first try gets a huge cookie. Seeing as how my own family still can't get it right, let's just make it easy and say it's pronounced like "jury"...but without the y. Even then, a Hungarian would probably look at you like huh? So yes, here I am in Győr, living and teaching in an old factory building. Yup, no lie. If you were to walk up to my place with me and watch me cheerily open the door, you'd want to take me home from this prison immediately...post: haste. When you walk into the door however, it's a different story. My apartment is arguably the nicest apartment of anyone in my program. I have seating (real seating...not table chairs or stools) for up to 6 people. I have more storage than anyone should have in their life. A bathroom that looks like it has never been used. Yes, be jealous. Oddly enough, I don't have a washing machine or microwave in all of this amazingness...whatever. But otherwise, I'm living like a queen here. I'm also a convenient 40 minute train ride from my wonderful fiancee...which might be the biggest treat of all. Did I mention I have a beyond wonderful fiancee? Oh yea, I guess I did...I am still just thoroughly enjoying referring to him as such :-) More on adventures from Győr soon(not, I repeat NOT pronounced like "gee-yor", "jor"...just give up now...it's a lost cause. :-)
Yep, the States could not keep me hostage for long...in one week I will be on my way back to beautiful Hungary. I'm excited to spend 6 more months in this place I love so much before it's time to buckle down and go to graduate school where I won't have enough money to go to Nebraska let alone Europe. I will definitely be missing my family after the wonderful few months I've had with all of us in the same place though. It's been glorious bonding with my ever-extending family! I will have a change of location as I head back to Hungary as well! I loved spending my year in Budapest...but I'm excited to be spending the next 6 months in a smaller city called Gyor, located in northwest Hungary. There is an elementary school and vocational high school there that I will be teaching at, and I can't wait. Enough of this though...let's get down to the real business at hand! Literally, the business on my left hand... Yup! I have officially been fiancéd! Not to be confused with fianceed. Yes, through getting engaged, I have learned that there is a difference between how the man and woman are addressed. Us ladies get one e with a fancy accent above it, whereas the boys get two. There's your little fun fact for the day! Anyhoo, yes...my partner in crime who has appeared in numerous blog postings and who I waited four months to hug proposed at the airport when he arrived in Denver. The guy didn't waste any time...and I'm ok with that because I can't think of anything else I'd like to do but get married and spend the rest of my life with this wonderful, wonderful person. Well, the actual MARRIAGE part will have to wait awhile, but I'm thoroughly enjoying knowing that regardless of the ceremony that will ensue at some point, I'm hanging out with this cute guy for a LONG time. Needless to say, my New Year is starting off better than anyone could ask. I can't wait to see what it brings as it continues!