Sunday, December 7, 2014

First Week in Hungary!

So I've spent my first week in Hungary. It's a really different place than the United States. The first night we spent here we spent in Budapest. It was really cool -- they take the missionaries on their first night to the castle district to walk around and take pictures -- the view over the Danube is amazing, with parliament and all these other big buildings all lit up. 

We got our new companions the next day. My companions name is Elder Cox. He's really cool. We are serving in Veszprém. It's kind of next to the big lake Balaton, if you are trying to find it on a map. We live in the middle of the old part of the city, in this little on a side street. The craziest thing about this city is most of the housing. There are miles and miles of these fifteen story tall cement apartment apartment buildings. I think they are communist era, but that's just a guess. The elevators are really rickety. These are where most of our appointments and programs and stuff are. This week a lot of people called and cancelled appointments, so we spent most of our week tracting and streeting. We also teach an English class. I guess a lot of investigators are met that way. Not very many people come to it. Me and my companion teach the advanced class, which is good, because we just speak English, and I'm really fine with that. 

BTW the y and z are switched on the Hungarian keyboard. I didn't know that we used so many y's and z's when typing until I had to focus on them. So they don't have QWERTY, they have QWERTZ, but I think they still use the word QWERTY which is pretty funny. 

I gave a short introduction talk in church. Everyone says I spoke tökéletes Magyar (perfect Hungarian) but I'm pretty sure they were just being nice! Sunday was the primary program - their primary consists of four girls. It was really well prepared. There are about five youth in the ward - three young women and two young men. Right now two missionaries are serving out of this ward. One is in the Scottish-Irish mission and the other is somewhere in the USA. Fun fact - Hungarians call the USA one word "Usa" (pronounced ooshuh). It's kinda funny. 

For thanksgiving we went over to the university here in Veszprém to their English club, which was having a Thanksgiving themed event. We were able to talk to a couple of people about the church. It was pretty cool. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and Black Friday!!!!! 

My companion and I made páprikás csirke (sp?) for dinner one night, and had leftovers for several nights after that. It was really good. They have these little waxy looking yellow peppers that they use in everything and eat fresh also. They taste pretty good. We put quite a few of them into the páprikás csirke. When we went shopping today we got two huge bags of them. With the páprikás csirke we also had nokedli (sp?) which is this little Hungarian noodle that you make with the regular noodle ingredients. I remembered reading about that noodle in a world recipe book in our house, it was fun to actually make it. You can put a lot of sugar in your serving of páprikás csrika and turn it into a sweet soup - it's surprisingly good. 

I love it when Hungarian people are really into a conversation -- their sentences go on and on and their eyes get bigger and bigger and eventually they have to take a breath. It's not very often, but it happens. 

If anyone is wondering what Hungarian sounds like to foreign ears, its kind of like "beh-teh-teh-keh-leh-keh-teh-teh-keh" but realllllly fast! 

Their food is really fattening. We kept the skin on the chicken in our páprikás csirke and put in a couple containers of sour cream. They soak their loaves of bread in pig fat before they bake them. Things like that. 

We take the buses and walk everywhere. In case anyone wanted to know.

So on the way here we lost about two thirds of our luggage, and had like a four hour delay on our last flight! It was exhausting! Only one person actually had all their luggage - Krueger Elder. They got most of our luggage to us the next day, but about four or five of us still don't have one of our suitcases - I'm one of them!! Lucky me there was nothing necessary for survival in it. I did have to got to the store and get a couple pairs of new socks, though! 

Boonkehr Elder
(that's how they pronounce my name)

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