I wish I could blame my inability to sleep right now on the recent travel back to the United Sates, but the truth is that I took a late nap and have only myself to hold accountable. A plus side of this self-induced insomnia, however, is that while it is 5:00 AM here in Rochester, plenty of my Hungarians are wide awake. We may have left Veszprém [far too early] on Thursday, but I, and likely the others, have stayed in contact with many of our Hungarians - yes, our Hungariances, and, similarly, we are their Americans - through Facebook and whatever means necessary to feed the illusion that Spring break is still here with us...
^^^ Nóra and I getting engaged at Sport Pub. Long story, you had to be there.
^^^ My host, Zalán, and I in the old, Soviet theatre.
^^^ Madeline and I sporting our fashion finds with great juxtaposition. Oh, and I should mention that all of these pictures were stolen from her album - thanks!
Despite the six-hour - though currently five-hour due to Daylight Savings Time - difference, roughly 4,000 mile distance, and, of course, different culture, history, and language, I can say that us Americans made great connections with our Hungarian counterparts. I will miss Hungary, my Hungarians, their hospitality, and the unforgettable experience. Hopefully this summer there will be a bit of a role reversal and I will be able to play host since Balázs and Zalán are interested in coming to Nazareth for the Master's in American Studies program. I will have graduated by then, but I am grateful for the experience and would like to thank Naz, the School of Management, and all of the professors at home and abroad that made it all a reality.
If the opportunity presents itself, embrace it.
^^^ The School of Management group down by the Danube River.