Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sopron

Picture is a view from our inn..We arrived in Sopron yesterday afternoon. We were in another hotel when we first arrived but it was disappointing. The room  was warm and cramped and the bathroom stank that we had to leave the light on so the ventilator would operate to lessen the smell . For the money we paid, they couldn't even give soap???  So I called up the agent  and told them what happened. So we cut the stay short there and checked out today morning. We could change room right?? But no thanks. If they  can't be bothered to provide soap when we asked about it, they don't deserve our hard earned cash.

We booked another place after we cancelled the hotel . A studio apartment this time. It  is waaay cheaper (half the price of the hotel) and yet waaay more comfortable. Bigger room, air conditioned, new, cleaner and soap!!! Not that I am so particular about soap, but I thought it is basic.

Tomorrow we'll be heading to Vienna if God willing. One reason why we wanted to check out Sopron because it is close to both Vienna and Bratislava.

Can't say I'm not excited. :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cat cafe

A mom once mentioned to me about a cat cafe here in Budapest,  and ever since then I wanted to take BZ there. Despite the fact that I am actually afraid of them. Just like hamsters, I like them but just too afraid to do much other than stroke their fur a little.

Anyway,  we went to one today.  There are two actually but chose the one down Damjanich street as it got better reviews about the cats.

They have 3 cats at moment - the youngest one a 3 month old Bengal called Imhotep, a 6 months old Maine coon called sushi and a British shorthair, Luna. Every time they come near,  I'd break in sweat. But I did manage to stroke them and play lasers with them. BZ loved them and didn't want to leave. We stayed there for about 2 hours - played and chatted with the owners - before we left for grocery shopping.

I was afraid but I enjoyed it. The cats were cute and funny. And I love seeing how Bz enjoyed it a lot.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Would you eat these??

Seen these boxes of bubble gums in one of the ABCs (a convenient store here in Hungary) when we were in Zirc last weekend. I was shocked, disgusted but mostly tickled by the idea of bubble gums in the form of animals' balls.



Especially if it is liquid filled extra sour flavour. *blegghh* >_<

Friday, July 04, 2014

Trips

Two more weeks to go and at least about 2 more field trips to think of for the kids.

We went to a nearby playground today as 1. we were missing two teachers today who are on leave for different reasons 2. it is warm and our kids are a little young for trips that are too far away.

The last trip we went to was the zoo and it was too much for both the kids and the teachers. It seemed like everyone chose that day to go to the zoo. Such was our luck. We were too busy making sure that the kids were contained than enjoy the visit. Anyhow today's short trip was good. Weather was warm yet not too hot. So the kids enjoyed it thoroughly.

Tomorrow, BZ will be back from Balaton. But she will be off to an arts & crafts camp for a week again. Well, what can we do? Both of us are working and grandma needs a rest. It is week after the next when Mr. H could take a week off and be with her at home. I will have a turn to have her for a week too and I need to create a program for both of us on that week. Short trips, and visits.  :)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Family camp

We spent 2 days and 2 nights at Zirc, Hungary.  A little town about 1 1/2 hours drive from Budapest. I took half day off on Friday, so we could pick BZ up from Balaton. She was there with grandma for 3 days already.

We were supposed to meet up with a few families who could make it early at the Veszprém zoo, but we were late. So we skipped it.

We stayed at a small motel chosen by the teacher who organized it. Pretty basic - we brought our own soap and towels.

Saturday was a long day. We started with a visit to an old Catholic church or monastery. The guide had the most monotonous voice I've heard in my life - it sounded like a white noise. Since I didn't understand him much anyway, I just walked around, fearing that I might fall asleep listening to him.
Second on the program was a long hike at Bakonybél. We drove in a convoy. Just because the first driver made a mistake, it took as half an hour to get there instead of just 15 minutes. After the 5 hour hike, our next stop was the planetarium. Love, love the visit. Don't mind going again.End of day one.






Day 2 started with the visit to the natural history museum. After the planetarium, this was my second favourite place there.


Then it was another nature walk at the botanical garden. The church,museum and the gardens are all next to each other, and about 10 minutes walking distance from our motel. It was pretty convenient.

 


And during our stay... lots of pics of ouselves too. 
:)



We sent Bz back to grandma before we drove back to Budapest.  Another 3 more weeks to go for me till my break. Feels like it can't come soon enough. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hajógyári sziget

A Vietnami friend is volunteering for an organization funded by EU intergration. She is manning a a Vietnam culture stall at he Hajógyári sziget so I went there to visit her.

It was a beautiful day, sun was shining but it wasn't too warm. :) Below are a couple of pictures taken in that day.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

From goodness to weirdness of the day.

Yesterday was the graduation party at the kindy. We worked hard to get the children to perform at a grandscale level - all groups performed Peter pan. We did ok. But the best of all during a graduation party is the international portluck dishes that the parents contributed. I had ruined my diet with macaroons and yummy sushi. The day ended well, next may be a slightly easier week as many of the kids started leaving for vacation.

After the party, I headed straight back home and got ready for babysitting. It was from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Babysitting was uneventful. Everything was okay. But something creepy happened on the way back. As I was walking back home, there was a car that drove pass me. A white opel wagon. The driver saw me from the main road, and I already felt strange. You know, the gut feeling that something wrong is about to happen. Turned around at the round about, and reversed back into my street where I was walking uphill.  I braced myself in case he was going to stop next to me. I was ready to run. But he didn't. He drove on and stopped about 10 meters from where I was walking. The driver, a tall bald headed guy got out of the car. My heart was beating hard already at this time. He looked at me, walked over to the passenger side. As he opened the door and I was a little closer, I saw there was a woman who was naked from waist down on that side. She was crouching on the seat and I saw her naked backside. The guy quickly unzipped his pants and was about to do "something" when I just dashed off. Not wanting to wait and see what they were up to. I was scared. I was about 60-70 meters away from my gate and the hill was steep as hell and I was scared stiff thinking they would get in the car again and chase. I stopped by a building by the bend of my street, about 20 meters away from the car as I know there is a security guard in there. I couldn't see the car but I could hear car doors slammed shut. I was waiting whether to keep running or wait and see if he followed. If he followed I would knock on the building door where the guard was. One minute, still no sign of the car. I decided to run for it. That was the time I felt 40-50 meters was like a kilometer and the hill extremely steep. My heart felt like exploding in my chest. I tried to call Mr. H as I was running, but he muted his phone. Wtf???!! 

It was surreal, weird, creepy and now when I think of all the other terrible possibilities... scary as hell. They were just mere perverts trying to exhibit, but what if they just dragged me in the car and have "fun" elsewhere? It was the 'what ifs' that makes me cringe. Good God, never again. If I have to go up that secluded street after 9pm, I will call a taxi. Or call mr. H. I made him promise to not to mute his phone again and wait till I get back home.

Well, that was my adventures of the day. But I am glad and thankful that I got out of it unscathed physically. Though emotionally, I have to admit I am a little shaken.

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