I hope it’s sunny where you are, because it’s been pretty cloudy and rainy here for the past two weeks or so. I think it’s the longest I’ve ever gone without seeing blue sky. We saw a few little patches of blue this morning as we went outside to work out, and we have hope now that maybe it’ll be better weather this week.
It might have been some gloomy weather this week, but we still had a couple of cool things happen this week here in Buda! Last weekend, we had someone call us from Romania who was originally from Kispest in Hungary. Turns out, she’s a member of the church and her friend, Constantine, was coming here to Budapest to visit for about two days. He’s an artist, and he has a couple of his paintings in the exhibition at a nearby art gallery in Budapest, just a ten minute walk from the mission home, and we were asked to help him find his way around town a little bit and to show him some of the most awesome things to see in Budapest. Afterwords, we went with him to see his work at the art gallery, and it was a lot of fun! European art is crazy weird, and the gallery was pretty much just filled with hipsters and artists who try to make things deeper and more meaningful than they actually are. I’m pretty positive I’d rather go for a hike or camping or something fun and adventurous like that, but it was good to pretend to be a cultured, classy art enthusiast for an hour! :)
The rest of the week has pretty much been filled with programs with a lot of our friends here in Buda and preparing the mission leadership council meeting that happened here on Wednesday. It was a bit strange to be in the meeting and trying to teach all of the missionaries that have been out here for more than a year longer than I have and who are way more experienced than I am. It was good though, and I hope that everyone liked what we talked about and that it helped someone!
We found some missionary’s Christmas music CD collection the other day and have been listening to it a lot recently. It’s probably not healthy to, because Christmas is still another two and a half months away, but we all like it so much that it might just be a long season of Christmas music. Halloween’s not really a thing here, mostly just for the YSA program here in Buda. That kind of gets skipped over, and Thanksgiving is very much just an American thing, so it looks like Christmas is the next holiday for us! Pretty excited for that.
Anyways, gotta run soon, but hope that the weather’s nice and everything’s going well at home! Be happy and have adventures with the people that you care about. We’ll talk again next week!
Art Market Budapest
Someone painted a car
This thing is worth thousands of dollars... crazy, right?
I don't even know how to caption this
Costel and his paintings
Tried to mimic the first presidency as
the AP's (the Germans are on the right)