Okay, we were hoping that we could get by without buying one of these gadgets. And there was one left behind by someone who previously occupied our office. It was a Mio – some unknown brand.
After using it off and on for a while, we kind of got the idea that perhaps it was not doing its job. Like it would say turn right but the drawing on the screen would be pointing LEFT – or when it would say, turn right and at the first intersection, it would say make a u-turn! Luckily, we memorized how to get to most of our destinations and did not need one.
However, that changed when we were informed that we needed to inspect FOUR missionary apartments. Two in Pest and two in Kispest (both suburbs of Budapest). We knew how to get to the Kispest Ward Building and the Pest Ward building – how hard could this be? Being the first children we are, I made and printed off google maps starting from the Mission Home to apartment one, then from apartment one to two, etc. Did I ever mention before that there are no street signs (readily apparent) in Budapest? They do have little signs (6 inches by 2 feet) on the sides of buildings but you have to be on the street to see the signs. In hindsight, I should have had Ron note the kilometers on the car at each junction. But we did not do that.
And then the missionaries only use public transportation – very rarely are they in cars! So when we would be totally lost, call them and give some landmarks, they were not sure where we were. Anyway, after wandering around we finally got to the first two apartments and we were so mentally exhausted, Ron wanted to go home, call the other two sets of missionaries and tell them that we would need to reschedule! I said, WE CAN DO THIS… so we pressed on and eventually found the other two sets of missionaries. And believe it or not, we were on schedule for the last set of missionaries.
I wanted to stop on the way home and buy a GPS – but we did not. We came home and TOOK A NAP!
The next day, we bought a Garmin. We did not buy the cheapest one (it was about $100 and was only for Hungary). We decided that since we would like to travel to Europe (specifically Germany and Poland to visit my German ancestors’s homelands) after our mission, that we should get one that we could use in that trip. The Heaths, a Senior Missionary couple that are auditors for the church and have to travel to several neighboring countries all the time, actually have TWO GPSs. One is a back-up in case the other one decides not to work!
We tried it out on our routine shopping trips to Metro and Tesco. We did have an issue when we chose where we live – Hungary – and then everything was in Magyar. We eventually figured out how to have it all in English, even though we live in Hungary. We chose the voice “Kate” with a British accent (no American English speaker was available) and she says somethings that we are not familiar (slip road?) but so far so good. And we got to Sopron just fine!
Thank you, Garmin! Technology is wonderful!