Author: The Budapest Crocheter

Spectacular Fail

So this year’s attempt at Write 31 Days has been a spectacular failure. I never expected that I would not only absolutely fail to write every day–or at all–but I’d miss the link up, too. It was announced that this year was the last Write 31 Days, so I guess for me last year’s was the absolute last one. 🙂

 

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31 Discoveries – Switzerland

After Hungary entered the European Union on May 1, 2004, the first time I exited teh EU was in January this year, when I made a trip to Switzerland with some friends to visit the Bern Switzerland Temple. Temples are sacred places for us, Latter Day Saints, and it had been over 15 years since I last had the opportunity to go to a Temple! Because we love to complicate things, we didn’t go to our assigned Temple in Freiberg, Germany, but to the Swiss Temple–via Bergamo, Italy.

And this is where the problems began. The day we flew into Bergamo, and were supposed to catch the evening train to Bern via Milan, a deadly train wreck happened near Milan. We didn’t know about it, and by the time we found out that we can’t get to Milan by train that evening it was too late to make any alternative arrangements. So we exchanged our tickets for the next morning…only to realize that the train we were told to be running for sure was cancelled, and after a lot of prayers and running we almost missed the train to Bern again. Fortunately we didn’t, and after several hours of travel we finally arrived in Zollikofen, Switzerland.

We got off the train and after crossing the street this is what we saw: img_5975

As we walked closer to the Temple we realized that it smelled like Heaven should–like chocolate! After a quick lunch and changing we could go to the Temple and spend the whole afternoon and the next morning participating in various ordinances. I also had it confirmed that the world is small, but it’s even smaller in the Church when I realized that there were several people serving there with whom I had some connections either from Temple Square or from home.

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The Bern Switzerland Temple, formerly known as the Swiss Temple was the first truly multi-language Temple and the Temple experience as most of us know it now in the Church is the direct result of having to find a solution to present the endowment sessions for a multinational audience. I think Bern’s beautiful celestial room is my favorite one.

Rather than taking the train home, one of the sisters from Bergamo drove us back. We saw some beautiful sites on  the way. Even gas stations looked impressive!

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31 Discoveries This Past Year

As you can see, ever since the last Write 31 Days challenge ended I wasn’t exactly diligent with updating my blog. Well, I have a reason for that: I was super busy. So for this 31 days I decided to post about 31 places I visited, 31 experiences I had, 31 things I experienced since the end of the last challenge. The challenge starts on October 1 and will last till October 31.

Some I might have mentioned in the exactly three posts I’ve made since then, but they deserve their own posts. For a list of the posts written as part of the Write 31 Days 2018 please visit my 31 Discoveries page. It gets updated as I’ll add new posts throughout the month.

 

A quick catch up

Wow! Where has the time gone? I’m told that doing something for thirty days forms a habit. Well, considering how much I blogged in November and December this might not be completely true in my case.

November and December have been busy! In November we had the stake conference, where the daily study of the Book of Mormon was emphasized again, and then I had the opportunity to participate in a creative Saturday for charity organized by the Love Bihor Association and the Oradea District of the church. I met some wonderful people there, and had a great time. Lots of wonderful things were created by members and non-members working side by side that were sold by Love Bihor at various Christmas events.

December has been great! It started with St. Nicholas visiting us at work with his reindeer. img_5446

We also decided to #lighttheworldatwork in the 8 languages our team supports.

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One Sunday the ward had a little Christmas activity. Our furnace is broken, so it was rather cold in the chapel that day, so we watched the First Presidency Christmas Devotional wrapped in blankets from Primary. We had a nice potluck lunch afterwards, and it was wonderful to socialize a bit with ward members. We really have some wonderful people!

After the ward activity the missionaries had a finding activity on Deák tér, one of the busiest parts of town. The theme, of course, was #lighttheworld #LégyAVilágVilágossága.

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Then the next weekend we had my niece and her Mama visit. We were originally planning to see a movie, but since Star Wars overtook the standard kid movie time slots, we skipped that. Instead we went to the two major Christmas markets, walked around, enjoyed a folk dance show, had real hot chocolate at Szamos, and just had fun.

Last week one of the wards had a very nice Christmas concert. Two of my friends, Ildi and Iaponira came to that, and following the concert we had some gyros at Iaponira’s home, joined by her husband. It had been quite a while since I had last seen Iaponira and Peter, and we had a lovely time, chatting, making a new “business plan”, and doing nails. I am really grateful for the wonderful friends in my life. My 8 years at EDS/HP/CPL gave me some wonderful people, and CC has been just as great!

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November at Last!

Write 31 Days is now over, and this year I’m not even attempting NaNoWriMo! So what now?

With the next holidays coming up are St. Nicholas and Christmas, I am ready to get started on Christmas preparation in earnest. I am also lifting my ban on Christmas music before Advent begins, because I found a bunch of CDs last week with some of my favorite Christmas music, including Harry Connick, Jr. This year the new addition to my usual Christmas playlist will be The Piano Guys. Since I’m working on December 25 this year, too, I am planning to put together an 8-hour-long Christmas playlist for the day. Then on the 26th the real Christmas will happen! For me Christmas is when our family is together, which includes my niece who normally spends Boxing Day with us.

So what am I doing? I’m making a shopping list! I want to bake some this year, and not just the traditional bejgli, and I want to experiment with the Christmas menu as well. Of course working before and during the holiday won’t leave much time for it, so I have to really carefully use the time that’s available to me.

Usually I add one or two albums to my Christmas music collection. Last year I bought Pentatonix, this year it’s The Piano Guys. I love listening to instrumental music when I’m working on something in a situation where singing along is not appropriate. Like doing quality checks.

I have to admit I am a little relieved that St. Nicholas, Advent calendars, and slowly Christmas decorations are taking over stores, because it means we have successfully gotten through he day if the dead period. Plus I love chocolate.

October 31

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October 31, 2017. It is the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing those 95 theses on a door. It is also the day when millions of children go knocking on doors. It’s also the last day of Write 31 Days. It was fun.

Halloween on Temple Square was serious business. We closed early, and each zone dressed up and presented a show in one of the theaters in the North Visitors Center. It was a blast. Then my previous company brought the Halloween spirit back into my life, and this year it continued with my current company.

I have to admit today was more fun than I expected, but it was also nice to climb into bed with my scriptures in the evening, and just listen to music and read.

Thanks for joining me for this adventure of Write 31 Days!