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Emma levele

2010.09.05
Before the first week on „Hungarian Bridge 2010”, I knew next to nothing about Hungary nor Hungarians. The only thing I knew about the language was that it was related to Finnish, but I could not speak a word of it. After living in Kisvárda for a week, I slowly starting to understand more of the Hungarian way of life and I’ve learnt a lot. All the historical places that we have visited, the time that we foreign students have spent with the host families, the birthday-party I was lucky to attend to, have all showed different sides of Hungary.
The program that had been planned for our stay was very varying. There were of course the historical sights, all the old castles and important sights, but also really differing things like bobbing. I had never tried bobbing before, and the first time it was really scary at the beginning. The feeling afterwards was amazing though. The only thing that „ruined” the programs a bit was the heat, something that I as a Finn am not really used too. But somehow, I always managed to hang on with the others.
Every day ended with a dinner party at one of the host families. We students had then time to get to know each other and each other’s countries much better and we also had the opportunity to try some Hungarian food for example goulash.
The food that I ate during my stay here in Kisvárda differed a bit from what I am used to. Almost everything that I tried was new, poppy seed-cake and cucumbers that had been stored in jars in the window were things that I had never even heard of and of course goulash, though it was a bit more familiar to me but I had actually never tried it. It was not only the food that had new things for me. I drank traubisoda, something that I had never heard of but really, really liked. Some things were just like home though, I was allowed to drink milk during meals at „home”. I do not believe that it is really typical for Hungarians, but I was glad that I got to do something that I had grown up doing.
The language was a problem in the beginning. I am used to use English, but not hearing Finnish or Swedish and only a language that you can’t understand can be very tiring. Fortunately I was not the only one in a foreign country and speaking English becomes easier every day.

The experiences outside the planned programs also gave me a lot. Waking up to church bells at a quarter to eight, getting hugged and kissed by total strangers, drinking Turkish coffee and eating baklava though you are in Hungary, having four cakes on a one-year-old’s birthday-party, and the beautiful scenery that is so different from the one I am used too. In Finland we do not have as many frogs as here in Hungary (I spotted over 30 during a car-drive late in the evening). I actually saw an owl that was flying freely, and the beautiful storks that I also haven’t seen before in nature. And the huge sunflower-fields that I saw from the car that are so different from Finnish fields.

 

A mappában található képek előnézete Short Therm Programme 2010