Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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We went to see the Banksy exhibition on August 20th, the national holiday here in Hungary. On this day in 1038 King Stephen declared Hungary a Christian state. After his death, he was then canonized, or in...
https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_the_surprising_science_of_happiness?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare I was talking to one of my students about the power of happiness, and our ability to create a happy life just by believing it is so.
The spontaneous creatures that we be, we set up the bike rack on my Subaru outback, and packed up for a cycling tour around and near Szentendre. Of course we know the...
Most Hungarians are playing it safe and staying close to home. It probably is the reason why Hungary is doing so well handling the COVID-19 in European scopes, with low numbers and limited fatalities. Families have decided...

The quest

What is a quest? 'A long or arduous search for something.' It happens to be the most prominent theme of the book The Hobbit written by J.R.R. Tolkien; the transformation of...
Finally after COVID-19 quarantine and distance teaching and learning, then going back for the final three week to teach my grade seven classes at the French private school and juggling the back and forth between actual classes...
Not last summer but the summer before, during our holidays in Igal at their wellness centre, I was devoured by a local spider. It managed to bite me on my stomach six times as I slept. It...
It is the strangest thing. During quarainte I wake up each morning whenever the sun shines through the curtains, the rain hits the windows, I hear the birds chirping outside, or one of the children forgets that...
We are all officially online, and it has come with many challenges; mostly for parents who are now not only the providers, caregivers, cooks, and maids to their families but also their teachers!
So here we are. Stuck at home for who knows how long, but maybe it is a blessing in disguise ? We learned about this type of thing in history class when we...

Look into my crystal ball

Daniel is searching for a university and I love that Europe has so many options for young adults. Last week his Grade 11 class went to Paris to visit a university fair. He said he felt sad...
What a year this has been! Not too many complaints really. I think the biggest thing we did this year was take three weeks off to travel around Europe in the van. I loved every second of...
It was one hell of a week! Friday evening Angelina came home with a fever. I gave her 200 mg. of ibuprofen and sat her in front of the TV to relax. She went to bed. The...
We finally get a real vacation, not a three day weekend, not carting around a student on vacation with us (although with Dora it is always fun), but a real vacation! I absolutely unplugged during these three...
When I received one of these delicate ceramic birds as a thank-you from a mother whose boys have been coming to our LivEnglish program for the last three years, I felt so very special. Not because getting...
SO here we are in southern France visiting our favourite region; Languedoc Roussillon or should I say Occitanie as they have changed it since we left; where rolling hills covered in grapevines bump against the edge of the meandering Canal...
I am sitting in class right now with 21 students in front of me reading quietly for 'The Big Read' project to encourage literacy using OXFORD graded readers. In the first 20 minutes two very smart boys have already...
Cycling around Margaret Island is amazing. It is a must see and do activity when you comes to Budapest. Thousands make their way to enjoy the island in the middle of the Danube River between...
First hate #1 It hurts to get in and out of bed #2 My memory is not what it used to be, #3 My vision went down the minute I turned forty #4 I used to go into a store and the attendant...
Once upon a time lived a very adventurous girl who always thought she would somehow change the world. She set out to do just that... Years after travelling the globe and searching what it was she was looking for, she...
For those of you happy people that still haven't quite figured it out. Once upon a time there was a young woman who truly knew how to enjoy and appreciate her life. Although life was not easy for her, she...
As some of you already know from our Facebook pages, Alfonz has started a new project in Hungary, building and renovating properties. It all started when we saw our house, 75% built left...
When I think about my grandfather's life it seems the perfect time to have been alive. He was born in 1911, and died at 96 year of age nearly witnessing the entire 20th century. He was my...
Each and every year it starts the same. I turn back to my last year's resolutions and see just how far I got through my list. I reflect on what has taken place over the last 12...

Middle age expat

There is always so much to be grateful for! I am taking a few moment to reflect upon things as I hit the big milestone of 45 years of age today! It’s my birthday and I will cry...
Everyone seems to be moving away from Hungary looking for work, school or a new life. It’s true, we get asked everyday why would anyone choose to move here if given the options between Canada and France? Well the answer is...
Mom stayed for 5 weeks, although we were hoping for longer, somewhere between 3 months and the rest of her life. I know that it’s selfish, wanting my mom to move from Vancouver back to her roots in Budapest to...
It was the strangest feeling. Heading to downtown Budapest after months of blissful isolation in our town of Solymar, Alfonz and I were dressed and ready to hit a few different places on this beautiful Sunday morning...