Today is Saturday!

Or so it feels, since we have the second 4-day weekend in two consecutive weeks here!  Even though we just had a long weekend, this one is much appreciated!  The rest of the semester is going to be a stressfest, so I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible amidst the studying. Bianca, Rina, and Skjalg came over for lunch – a great Asian noodle dish mainly orchestrated by Rina, though the rest of us peeled and deveined the shrimp and kept the conversation lively.

Today (November 1) is “All Saints/Souls Day,” designated to remember lost loved ones.  Instead of the trick-or-treat of Halloween, it is customary in Hungary to go to the graves of family and friends in the cemetery and bring flowers. We’ve got a candle lit here in the apartment, and it’s comforting in a way to know that we all miss people who have passed away.
Not so infrequently, I will reminisce and reflect on the absence of my grandparents or my german teacher (a grandmother-like figure), whose deaths have been the most significant of my life thus far. The thoughts always seem out of context, though, because my memories of them are rooted in the past. While we move forward, they will always be at a standstill, so it’s nice to stop and, just for a moment, match their pace.

Woah there, didn’t mean to get all macabre. This is all to say, nicely done, Hungary!

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