I'll be honest, I don't think Hungary is a top travel destination for most people; however, I would strongly recommend it for your next jaunt. The country is filled with historical sites and culture, and it is very inexpensive there since our currency is stronger than theirs right now. Who doesn't like a bang for their buck?
(However, I could be wrong about Hungary. It actually could be a top travel destination
for many people. While on the plane, I said that Northwest Airlines doesn't exist anymore because I haven't flown on it in years; however, Zack quickly corrected me and told me that it was, in fact, still in operation - I disagree)
Overall, I really enjoyed my time in Hungary. It was a great learning experience to be able to interact with Hungarian students and learn their way of life in a very short time period. Due to this trip, I have built new relationships with Hungarian and Nazareth students - students who I have never seen before! They were all foreign to me! They were all great students, and I was able to share many laughs and comments with them.
As a graduating senior, I am now facing the reality of graduating: finding a job. The job search is an exciting and stressful time as you try to find that perfect position for yourself. Prior to leaving for Hungary, my plan was to suspend the job search during this trip and not do anything that could possibly relate to it until after I returned. I wanted to totally block this from my mind, so it wouldn't interfere with my enjoyment of the trip. However, when I returned to Budapest for the second time, I did a few new job searches at the local McDonald's (I wasn't actually applying to McDonald's), and it was back on my mind creating a new distraction to prevent me from enjoying myself on this trip. Did I miss an opportunity? Is anyone following up with my application (I don't have a fancy smartphone to be able to take international calls)? Should I apply now to this position?
My point is that if you go on a vacation and are able to be free from the realities of home, don't let them distract you from enjoying yourself. Next time, I will totally block these from my mind and create a mental block. I know I will find the right position for me. It just takes time and requires patience. I'm not going to find it in a week or two, but it could take up to six months or a year.
Also, I would like recognize how accomodating some professors at Nazareth are for students making up missed work due to academic trips. I have the privilege to have some of them, and it is reassuring to know that they understand the realities of these expeditions.
PS: Attached is a picture of me with a depressed Kodak sign in Budapest, Hungary, to show our Rochester connection to the country!