Announcing War And Celebrities

Budapest is a beautiful city.“Hmm…  The only word I understand is Békéscsaba.  It does sort of stick out to me since it’s where I live and where I’m traveling to.  But why are they announcing it so much in this train station?

“I’ve taken the train from here a ton of times, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard them say Békéscsaba over the loud speaker.  I didn’t even realize there was a loud speaker.  I wish the sound was of a higher quality, I don’t think I’d be able to understand it if it even if it was in English.

“Great!  They’re playing it in English.  Oh, well that didn’t help.  I only understood Békéscsaba and Train.  Both of those seem fairly likely since I’m in a train station waiting for my train to Békéscsaba.

“Maybe Békéscsaba is closed.  I know they don’t usually close cities, but maybe it’s been invaded and you can no longer travel there.  That would be a shame, I have some really comfortable socks in a drawer there.

“Maybe I’m a celebrity and they’re making an announcement that no one can ride the train to Békéscsaba until I leave.  You know, for my safety.  That seems fairly unlikely.  But it’s fun to think of.

“Maybe a different celebrity  is riding it and they’re trying to tell me to get to the train before I leave to entertain them.  This is much more likely than my last thought.  It’s actually highly likely.  Who wouldn’t want me as their tour guide of Hungary?  It’s probably the Queen of England.  Or Katy Perry.  By the way, I know she filmed and awesome video in Budapest, but do I really have to hear her every third song when I go to the mall?

“Maybe the train is really early and I have to go take it right now or I’ll never get home.  Doubtful.  Plus, if that’s the case, I’ll stay in Budapest and watch the Super Bowl with some expats.  Maybe Katy Perry will sing at halftime.

“I keep dreaming up all of these ideas, should I go ask somebody?  No.  Out of the question.  It’s probably something really boring like a train delay.  That would ruin the excitement of my adventure.  Maybe it’s aliens…”

These are the thoughts that went through my head at the train station last night.  I had an awesome weekend in Budapest, and I even made it home in time to get a good night’s sleep.

I missed the Super Bowl, but it doesn’t really matter since the Redskins weren’t playing the Broncos.  Plus, I heard that the National Anthem had a bit of a hiccup, and the halftime show was absolutely terrible.  They should’ve chosen Katy Perry over the Black Eyed Peas.  The Hungarians could tell you that.

Oh yeah, do you want to know why they made an announcement about Békéscsaba 4,000 times at the train station last night?  If you answered “yes”, don’t move to Hungary.  My life is full of unanswered questions.  I just tune them out.


Hungarian word of the day:


Pronounced ESS-esh.  My dictionary says it means “brainy”, but my student told me it means “witty”.  I was making a class think of an adjective that started with “S”.  It’s pronounced “ess” in English, and “esh” in Hungarian.  I combined the two, and my students suddenly thought I was teaching the class in a bilingual manner.  Never pass up a chance to look smarter than you are.