For the last year my answer to “what do you want to do with your life” has been “go be poor on the beach with my degree and scoop some ice cream.” All I want to do is travel. One of my favorite quotes is “Understand, I have been waiting to leave ever since I figured out there were roads willing to take me anywhere I wanted to go.” I’m thankful to have friends and family that understand all I want to do is go.
I thought I’d first move abroad with the Peace Corps, but now that’s a maybe next year or the year after thought. After many interviews and many many more applications, I’m finally going. I’m moving to Hungary with the support of CETP to teach English. I will be a conversational English specialist working with students grades 1st – 8th. The US director of CETP tells me it’s a lot of fun. I will live in Nyirbator which is about 2.5 hours north east of Budapest very close to the Romanian border.
Saturday night my mom and I were searching the internet, yet again, on ways for me to go. Mom found the link for CETP and started talking to me about it. My first reaction was why would I want to go to Hungary when I could go to somewhere with a beach?! As I let myself think about the experience a little bit I realized what more of adventure could I ask for. I know none of the language and nothing about it. I can’t bring any stereotypes or pre-conceived ideas along with me. The entire thing will be a complete adventure and learning experience and I’m both utterly excited and terrified. As I did some slight research before deciding to go, I learned that Hungarian is one of the most difficult languages to learn. I absolutely cannot wait to make a fool out of myself. So I became excited about how many new things I will learn and how many countries I can see in Europe throughout this next year. I emailed with the director Sunday and Monday, Skyped with her Monday afternoon, and had my ticket bought at 10:00 pm that night. Tuesday I put told my boss (the most understanding person here next to my mom) and through her kindness am able to spend the rest of the week getting ready to leave.
things I’m still unsure of: do I pack socks or do I just buy them there? are they a waste of space or waste of money on arrival?
I’m equal parts excited and nervous and mostly at this point I feel like it’s not real. I really get a kick out of telling people I’m moving to Hungary and their reactions. I will post lots of pictures of everything. I can’t wait to get started next week. The first will I will spend at orientation in Budapest before moving to Nyirpazony to teach at “Bilingual Elementary on the outskirts (literally) of the university city of Nyiregyhaza.” The school provides me with an apartment and utilities and I’m quite anxious to see what these look like on arrival. I’m also supposed to be five minute walking distance from the school and I’m really hopeful this turns out to be true.
If you haven’t seen my mom’s Facebook status, we are having food and drinks Saturday evening. I would love if you had even a few minutes to stop by and say a quick “see ya later” before I head out of the country Monday (YES MONDAY OMG!).
I will post another blog next week and I hope to post at least weekly while I’m gone. I feel that this would be the best way to post the most information however, I will still post pictures on Facebook and Instagram. I depart Monday from Dulles at 5:30 pm and arrive Tuesday at 1:00pm Hungarian time in Budapest.