A friend from back home had a work related event in Hungary and Romania and was able to come a little early so we could visit. I took a train to Budapest and met up with my friend for the weekend. It was nice to be back in Budapest and be able to see some familiar sites, but also some that I had not seen before.
The weekend after I found myself in Bratislava to help say good-bye to the couple that has been the in country directors for teachers in Slovakia for the past five years. It was nice to see the Schicks and fellow lecturers, but it was also sad. Having to say good-bye to people is always difficult. I hope that our paths will cross again sometime in the future.
The last full week of school was this past week. Monday and Tuesday were the last days of actual classes. The rest of the week was made up of classes taking their class trips and teachers doing work to finish up the year. Since there were no classes to teach two teachers decided to take me and the other two lecturers sight-seeing on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday we went to Kezmerok, the hometown of one of the teachers. We saw a wooden church, Lutherans were only allowed to build churches out of wood for a certain period in Slovakia and Swedish ship builders came and helped them; a Lutheran church not made out of wood and of course the town. Kezmerok is surrounded by the High Tatras, so if anyone likes views of mountains you would really like this town. On Thursday we went to Oravsky Hrad which is a castle. This is located in far northern Slovakia, about 40 minutes from the Polish boarder. The castle was pretty, it is still in very good condition. The area is very pretty too.
This weekend my big task is to work on packing things since I fly out July 2. Some of you may know, and some may not know, that I have decided to return for a second year. I am lucky that I will get to have the same apartment, so I can leave most of my things here for the summer. While at home I am looking forward to visiting family and friends. I will also be trying to raise some money to help with the cost of my plane ticket and possible supplies for the school year. If anyone is interested in helping please let me know. I would also be more than happy to visit congregations or groups that would like to hear about what Slovakia is like or what teaching in Slovakia is like. For most of my time in the US I will be in the Chicago area with a little time in the Twin Cities area before I fly back to Slovakia.
For pictures from Budapest with my friend check out the following link.