Gabor Graduated!

Gabor joined the Church in Atlanta Georgia in August 2012, while visiting a friend he met on the internet.  We first saw him in September when he was brought to the Center by another person, Janos, whom he also met on the internet… After joining the Church he was trying to find if there were any LDS youth in Budapest and that is how he met Janos…  These kids today are so technologically savvy…

He has been very active at our activities – even attending while completing school for his Fine Arts degree.  And we feel that we should support our YSA by going to great achievements such as a college graduation!  (Even though it was on the morning of the End of Summer Party!!!  In fact, we were so worried about the party that we got a call from Timi at 9 AM saying where are you??? We had totally forgotten we were to meet her in Pest at the school and believe it or not, we were there at 9:30!!!  The ceremony did not start until 10… whew…)

After receiving his certificate, he stopped by to let me take a picture!

After receiving his certificate, he stopped by to let me take a picture!

The proud family - including 2 grandmothers!

The proud family – including 2 grandmothers!  He has a brother and two sisters.

We were happy to be invited to this important event.

We were happy to be invited to this important event.

Of course, Timi was there for him, too!

Of course, Timi was there for him, too!

We rushed home to continue our preps for the End of the Summer Party…

Advertisements

End of Summer Party

Last year the End of Summer Party was held in the middle of August.  The YSA council picked a latter date this year, August 30th, only to discover (at the last moment) that it coincided with another Hungarian wide activity (not on the Stake Calendar).  So the date was changed to September 13.

The theme was Hawaiian.  Let the fun begin….

Adri, Viki and Norbi making a large Hawaiian scene...

Adri, Viki and Norbi making a large Hawaiian scene…

Evi and Istvi had left-over decorations from their wedding – so they donated them to the YSA.  Perfect for our use…

Making leis from left overs...

Making leis from left overs…

Art classes, sewing classes are cancelled the day before parties, so we have time to decorate…

The Hawaiian scene was a great backdrop for pictures..  Timi, Zoli, Viki

The Hawaiian scene was a great backdrop for pictures.. Timi, Zoli, Viki

Food always makes a great party:  "Hawaiian meatballs" was the main dish.

Food always makes a great party: “Hawaiian meatballs” was the main dish.  The YSA asked Zoli to be the Master of Ceremonies… He is a natural.

There were fun games planned and it got nearly everyone involved…  They were divided up into groups and they had to make up a skit and present it to each other…

IMG_2719IMG_2720IMG_2725IMG_2731IMG_2734IMG_2715After two very fun activities, the kids were getting to know each other.  One of the first dances was Cotton-eyed Joe, a favorite line-type of dance.  We had a new senior couple who dropped in and they knew a couple version of that dance…. Once Timi found that out, she had everyone pair up and they learned that!

IMG_2736

The Broadheads are an Area couple in charge of Family History work in Hungary and the countries around us… Nothing like putting them on the spot!

Péti was in charge of the music and Barbi is his helper...

Péti was in charge of the music and Barbi is his helper…

Friends from Miskolc

Friends from Miskolc

Buda friends

Buda friends

Two Vikis and a Levi...

Two Vikis and a Levi…

Thanks to the Sister Carpenter, I had a "muu muu" to wear!  Felsted Elder wore one of the leis he made!

Thanks to the Sister Carpenter, I had a “muu muu” to wear! Felsted Elder wore one of the leis he made!

The night ended with karaoke – a favorite for the kids…

IMG_3703This was another all-nighter.  Many of the kids left after the main party was over at 1 AM or after clean-up.  The rest were from out-lying towns and the trains to their towns do not run at night.  The Miskolc group left at 7 AM.  These all-nighters are hard for us!  But they all had good clean fun – and got to meet some new people.  We had about 7 non-members attend!!!

Hortobágy – Great Plains of Hungary

Hortobágy is the largest protected area, and the largest natural grassland in Central Europe with cattle, sheep, oxen, horses, tended by herdsmen, and it provides habitat for various different species (342 bird species have been registered to appear in the puszta). This is an 800 km² national park in Eastern Hungary, in the puszta, rich with folklore and cultural history. The park, a part of the Alföld – puszta (Great Plain), was designated as a national park in 1973 (the first in Hungary), and elected among the World Heritage sites in 1999.”  (from link below)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, was a National Holiday called St. Stephen’s Day.  St. Stephen was the first king of Hungary and he led the country into Christianity.  Stores, malls and most everything in the city was closed down for the day.

So some of us Budapest senior missionaries decided to take a trip to Hortobágy on Aug 20th.  We wanted to see some of the famous Magyar horseback riding and other cultural items of interest.  We parked in a field on the outskirts of the town and checked out the visitor’s center.  We were given a map of the area and we decided to go to the horse events first and that meant a little drive a couple of miles away.

IMG_3587This cute building was a little museum with relics of the past, like this little wagon.

IMG_3590This was the wagon that we rode to drive over where the “show” was going to be…

IMG_3605President and Sister Smith were able to go with us on this little jaunt…

IMG_3606The Hungarian cowboys put on a good show for us.  One of the things they normally do they could not do because some of the horses were sick… (the rider who stands on 5 horses as they run…you can see a picture in the link below.)

IMG_3613IMG_3616After watching this show, we were driven over the plains to see some of the unusual animals that are raised and protected in this national park.

IMG_3621

Curly horned black sheep

Unusual barns with thatched roofs

Unusual barns with thatched roofs

 

Hungarian oxen

Hungarian oxen, called Hungarian Gray Cattle

Special "low cholesterol" Hungarian pigs that have curly hair

Special “low cholesterol” Hungarian pigs that have curly hair

There is a herd of water buffalo at this park.

There is a herd of water buffalo at this park.

There were some beautiful horses here…

Looks like a sign with the horse's pedigree

Looks like a sign with the horse’s pedigree

Finally we saw a stork nest - only it is empty in August...

Finally we saw a stork nest – only it is empty in August…

After all this excitement, we needed lunch and a 500 year old restaurant sounded good!

IMG_3654The food was authentic and good….

Live entertainment!

Live entertainment!

The little town sits in an idyllic surrounding.

Towards the town from the bridge that crosses the river.

Towards the town from the bridge that crosses the river.

This is the view of the historic bridge from the water (from internet)

This is the view of the historic bridge from the water (from internet)

The town had a huge “bazaar” type of area, with local vendors and also vendors from other places.  We briefly took a tour of it!  We were tempted by those wonderful hanging pots and could have gotten a good deal, but reason prevailed and we did not indulge…

For more information about the Puszta, see this site:

http://national-park.hungaryguide.info/hortobagy-puszta.html