Monthly Archives: November 2014

Budapest and Thanksgiving YAGM retreat.

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Outside the opera house. Budapest is a large city, but the day we arrived we were driving down a side street around here and at the light saw some people we knew walking across the street. YAGM everywhere it seems.

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Thanksgiving meal in a nice apartment we rented. No matter that the ovens quit working half way thru the turkey, they got the pies done (and we improvised the rest fairly well).

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Esme’s Birthday Pumpkin Pies.  Two Years old on Thanksgiving day. 

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Some gathering points for the YAGM to share stories and reflect on their time in Hungary to this point in their year.

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Pan fried Turkey legs, and stewed Turkey Breasts in Gravy and Stuffing if you were wondering.

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The courtyard of the apartment building where we spent Thanksgiving. Ursula is barely visible on the stairs from the 2nd floor.

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One of the many places we suddenly call home. Ursula and Esme are very adaptable to space, and so are Miriam and Jeremy, though a kitchen and a dinning room table help a lot.

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View down Andrassy towards Hero’s Square from our bedroom balcony.

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The Birthday girl back at home.

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Ursula drawing at a Museum.

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Miriam carrying Esme up a bluff in Austria as we move on into Advent.

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Going on a wild pig hunt in Slovakia

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The hunting club gathers in the morning, with the pushers and dogs on one side and the stationary shooters on the other. The Head of the Hunt made some announcements after the Ceremonial Hunting horn was sounded.

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Saw my first Slovak Medved (Bear).

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An interesting mix of old military equipment, dogs, traditional rules for how the hunt is organized and cell phones.

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Hiking in to the hunting area.

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The wizard and the Pig.

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At the end of the day, the animals are laid out in a ceremonial square with lit fires, the Hunting Horn is sounded and the Head of the Hunt says some words thanking the animals and talking about the specifics of the days hunt.

And of course we finish with a nice goulash.

And of course we finish with a nice goulash.

8 Day Trip to Eastern Hungary to make YAGM site visits and Participate in Worship in two of our YAGM host communities.

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Miriam leading worship alongside of Pastor Molnar and Pastor Laborczi in Nyiregyhaza on Sunday morning. Later in the day we all went to the Village of Gorogszallas where we met up with an ELCA film crew who recorded some of the afternoon worship service as well as Miriam preaching with Translation.

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We were treated to a fine Saint Martins Goose Feast after Sunday Morning worship. Along with two of the Central European YAGM, Jericho and Maija, and their site supervisors Pastor Molnar and Pastors Laborczi and Kovacs.

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Visiting a new town for us, Bekescsaba, to see YAGM Dan. Here we are on Luther Street.

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A lovely afternoon walk in the trees of Szarvas with Ursula’s Godmother Chrissy, who accompanied us on this entire leg through Hungary.

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Szarvas has a wonderful Arboretum and “Mini-Hungary” model.

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Ursula greets even the Trees in Hungary. Esme even gave a stab at saying Thank you in Hungarian- Koszonom.

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Saturday morning cartoons in a random apartment in Bekescsaba which came with a HUGE TV and Hungarian Cartoons.

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Saturday Morning Market in Bekescsaba. Yes, that is carved slab of decorated BACON.

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Victorian sitting room photo opp. before Church on Sunday, in the Apartment that we stay in Nyiregyhaza thanks to Pastor Laborczi. Nice Lamp.

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Preparing a meal for the YAGM and the ELCA film crew for our last night in Hungary for this trip anyway.

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Miriam being interviewed by the ELCA film crew that is now on to South Africa for more filming.

Ursula not interested in this particular seuvenier.

Ursula not interested in this particular szuvenir.

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A really nice zoo in Nyiregyhaza

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World War I Military Cemetery in Nyiregyhaza.

Ursula’s Godmother is in Slovakia, and we all go to Slovenia to check out a site for the Winter YAGM Retreat.

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A nice long Hike with Triglav behind us.

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Gondola ride takes some of the uphill out of the equation, although we more than made up for it by hiking all the way down.

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Lunch spot.

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Dancing in the meadows.

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There are dragons in these parts

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Not a bad spot.

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Playing on rocks.

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A water sprite in the area, complete with two person bucket to fill from the river.

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Triglav, A majestic mountain indeed.