Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday was a much more exciting day. The sun did come out for a short while in the morning so it showed hope that there would be no rain and that the festival would be happening in the afternoon. Just before 2 pm I headed out to the area in front of the church where there were 25 tents set up. The towns around Mariapocs came together in order to celebrate the end of summer, or at least that is what it appeared that they were doing. After a school band opened the ceremony, there was a choir followed by five different groups of baton twirlers. I think they must really love their batons! There was also some traditional Hungarian dances, and near the end a somewhat traditional Irish dance. Near the end were more bands, but these were for a younger crowd. The first did some cover songs, that of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Franz Ferdinand, Blink 182 and others I could not identify, but the crowd of all ages seemed to be enjoying themselves. Later on was another couple singers who sang most in Hungarian, but mized it up by singing solo, duets and quartets. By the end, the last band was well know to many of the people in the crowd. It was amazing to see the reception they had. After watching them for a few minutes I understood why everyone loved them. It really made Mariapocs feel like back home sitting at the Molson Amphitheatre watching people perform with all the energy that was around...
After the performance, there was a wonderful display of fireworks that was amazing. I have to say that I am so happy that I chose to some to Mariapocs because I feel like I am part of something, so here are my reasons why I love Mariapocs:
1. I am treated like everyone's daughter, being shown everything for the first time with everyone wanting to help me no matter what the problem. I feel like I have been adopted by a family of 2200.
2. I have been told that even though I have a mailbox, I will most likely get my mail at school because everyone in the village knows I work there and they dont want my mail to get wet outside.
3. I learned that I will be having pilgrimages in my town until mid-November, although the one on September 7th was the largest, so I get to see different groups visiting and experiencing the weeping Mary.
4. Even though it is only 2200, it can really feel like it is like home with all the energy from everyone, especially on festival days.
5. I live right in the middle of town, so I have a 1 minute walk to school, two churches, the bank, the doctor, the dentist, the sweet shop and my two grocery stores. I can say I live downtown!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
My trip to the Ludwig Museum
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday morning was an early start because we woke up around 6am due to construction right outside of the house...I would take my church bells in Mariapocs anyday over construction!
Beer and Goulash...is there anything better?
Rest and relaxation in Ujszasz before returning home on Sunday!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
After my 30 min, 3 km trek out to the bus stop, the bus did not show up so I had to wait from 8:30 am until 10:23 in the morning at the bus stop while they arrive around 10 am...and what an interesting wait it was...an older man invited me to another festival next weekend, the end of summer for fall...and another very creepy guy, who after knowing i really did not speak much hungarian, wanted to talk to me, although i am pretty sure it was more of asking me to sleep with him...hand actions included...so I just said NEM several times over and ignored him for the whole 40 min bus ride...after making it to Nyiregyhaza, 2 hours after I was supposed to be there...i met up with Briggi and Jaime, chilling in the park
We went into a museum which was featuring picasso, manet and many others...and say so many durers it made my heart stop...There is no way to describe a durer without seeing it...it was really amazing that they had so many of them in one place...after that room there were plates that were designed by Dali...and they are something that will stay in my head for a very long time...I can only say that they are graphic...very graphic...
The town square is amazing...i love neo-classical architecture and many of the buildings were so I just love staying there...although it was much quieter than the day before...this is the fountain that Briggi really wanted to take a picture of...i think it describes itself...
another fountain...modern style i think...
Friday, September 5, 2008
slept really long that first day...around 14 hours...