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The Snow Boat

Today, it finally happened.  Some nice snow fell on my head.  And even though I didn’t actually throw a snowball yet, I did watch my friend throw one (poorly).

The only picture I got to prove that there was snow - next time I'll try for something more exciting. (click to see larger)My afternoon class is about management, so we had been out in the hallway doing a quirky activity.  When we returned to the classroom, someone started squeaking as they got to the window.  I assumed there was a mouse in the room, but that was wrong.  There was snow falling outside.  Apparently squeaking can express two things:  fear of a mouse, and excitement about snow.

Good to know, I am learning things in school.

But, that view was worth all the studying I’m doing.  The classroom is on the European 3rd floor (4th in America – much more impressive sounding), and the building is right on the Danube.  So, the view is of the prettiest bridge in Budapest, and there is a fancy hotel next to a grand hill right across the river.  It was wise of them to have the desks face away from the window, or lectures would be quite hard to follow.

It was pretty exciting to see the little white flakes falling in the river, and it was a big surprise.  Earlier I had a break, so I wanted to go gaze longingly out the window with my cup of coffee, but the only thing out there was thick fog.

Watching a river boat cruising along through the snow, I really got to thinking about how awesome of an adventure that would be.  I’ve wanted to navigate up the rivers of Europe and see old cities and castles from the deck of a fun little boat, but maybe it would be better to see from the inside while sipping a mug of something warm.  If anyone has a boat that you want to lend me, I’ll be happy to send you some postcards.

 Snow, cold weather, Christmas lights - it's that time of the year... (click to see larger)

Hungarian word of the day:


This word is pronounced „Haw-yo,” and it means boat or ship.  Instead of riding one in the summer when it’s hot and I’ll get sunburned, I’ll brave the winter snow and ice in my hajó, just as soon as I can figure out how.  Suggestions are welcome.

Reader Comments (4)

Alex, may i reccommend a book to you?
A Country Full of Aliens, (a Briton in Hungary) by Colin Swatridge. It contains several similar acknoledgements about Hungariians as you had written.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternative


Yes, I just read that book a few months ago and loved it! It was entertaining, and so true! Thanks for letting me know about it, though, and if you know of anything similar, please tell me.


January 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterAlex Hoskinson

Than why dont you read the book of the person (George Mikes = Mikes György) who invented this sort of writting? Colin Swatridge's book was just an answer to his book. I think Mikes' book is much funnier anyway. It's title is: How to be an alien? You can have it from the Amazon. I am sure you'll find it more entertaining than the one of Colin Swatridge's.
You can download/read but only a part of it right here:

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternative


Thanks, it's now on my reading list! I'll have to let you know what I think of it.


March 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterAlex Hoskinson

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