Registration and Szentendre

September 6, 2014 § 7 Comments

(Get comfy, you’re in for a long one!)

Yesterday I lived three days in one. Or at least it felt like it. I began the day selling my books at the school book fair. It was so much more hectic than I’d imagined it’d be. The book sale before our first year was on the ground floor and only a handful of students had tables, everyone else had to have their books on a blanket on the floor.

Up to 2 a.m. pricing my books for the book sale after registration. Couldn't randomly price them without KNOWING so I looked up the ISBN numbers, rated the quality and placed them at a price that I would feel comfortable buying them for.

My 2 a.m. book pricing mess. Couldn’t randomly price them without KNOWING so I looked up the ISBN numbers, rated the quality and placed them at a price that I would feel comfortable buying them for.

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The suitcase I used to pack my books weighed in at what felt like 200 kilos. This made it so that it took me a full 10 minutes to just make it out of my apartment building. One cab ride, complete with an angry cab driver, and a half-dislocated shoulder later, I was at the Basic Medical Science building. This year’s book sale was upstairs. I’d been warned by a friend I’d met on the first floor that it would be hectic and yet that did not prepare me for the scene I was met with when the elevator doors opened. The entire floor was packed with tables and first year students already buying books. I pushed my way through the crowd, likely making a few people angry, as I searched furiously for my sale station.

Jannie had gotten there before me and luckily spotted me in the chaos. After setting up, time flew by. I met so many students who know me through this little blog right here and it was such a surprise (and so nice to meet you all)! After talking the ears off of pretty much every person who approached our table, I had to run downstairs to partake in an introductory “lecture” for the first year students. The acting director of the English Anatomy department holds a speech at the beginning of the year to introduce the students to anatomy, the biggest class of the first year. She’d asked the future TA’s of anatomy to join and since I was selling my books, I said I would be there. We didn’t do much other than stand there on the side, but maybe it was nice for the first years to see people who have made it through.

After an hour or so more of book selling (and talking) I rushed home to drop off my suitcase and change for a day trip to Szentendre. Szentendre is a beautiful little town with cobblestone streets a 40-minute train ride from the city. We’ve been told about it so many times before, but never gotten around to actually going. Our friend Amir, whom Jannie, her sisters and I had dinner with earlier this week, is an amazing planner and life enthusiast. He was telling us about all of his trips around Hungary and even of some of the adventures he’s had here in Budapest. One of those trips sounded too good to pass up, and that was wine-tasting in Szentendre.

On our way into the town, Amir told us of five things we were going to do. I’m a horrible travel planner myself, so I love being in the company of someone who knows exactly what to do and just decides that we are going to do it.

  1. Dinner and wine-tasting – of course!
  2. Walk down by the river
  3. Christmas store
  4. Marzipan Museum
  5. Chocolatier

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Amir told us that there was a "street" that would take us to a viewpoint over the city. The street ended up being this tiny alley - one that I would have never thought to enter. On the way, we passed a hidden outdoor langos restaurant. It was the size of a small bedroom, yet packed with people enjoying the savory (and heavy) Hungarian dish.

Amir told us that there was a “street” that would take us to a viewpoint over the city. The street ended up being this tiny alley – one that I would have never thought to enter. On the way, we passed a hidden outdoor langos restaurant. It was the size of a small bedroom, yet packed with people enjoying the savory (and heavy) Hungarian dish.

Can you spot the restaurant?

Can you spot the restaurant?

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Just a glimpse of the fantastic Christmas store. I felt completely transported. There were beautiful ornaments of every shape, color, size or style imaginable. We will definitely have to make a trip back during Christmas.

Just a glimpse of the fantastic Christmas store. I felt completely transported. There were beautiful ornaments of every shape, color, size or style imaginable. We will definitely have to make a trip back during Christmas.

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Amir’s favorite was the dark, matte royal blue and Jannie’s the white, silver or gold. It was fun to talk about how our families celebrate Christmas. Amir is Pakistani/Israeli, but his family celebrates Christmas because they find it to be such a lovely holiday 🙂

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Jannie and I need to learn how to pose. This was the best shot of 5 pictures...

Jannie and I need to learn how to pose. This was the best shot of 5 pictures… I have no idea what I was going for

A peak at the restaurant we would be having dinner at, before heading down to the river

A peak at the restaurant we would be having dinner at, before heading down to the river

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I couldn't help by eavesdrop on their conversation. A Hungarian man approached the steel drum player and upon learning that the musician wasn't Hungarian, began to speak perfect English. He told the musician of his love for steel drums and said that he wanted to learn to make one of his own. The musician began to tell him of how to do this as I was called away to the marzipan museum.

I couldn’t help by eavesdrop on their conversation. A Hungarian man approached the steel drum player and upon learning that the musician wasn’t Hungarian, began to speak perfect English. He told the musician of his love for steel drums and said that he wanted to learn to make one of his own. The musician began to tell him of how to do this as I was called away to the marzipan museum.

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The above cake was so massive and the ingredients so shocking that I couldn't help but calculate its nutritional value.

The above cake was so massive and the ingredients so shocking that I couldn’t help but calculate its nutritional value. That’s enough to sustain a 2,000-calorie diet for 216 days – or a 1,200-calorie diet for almost a year!

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Selfie attempt fail. Guess I need some more practice

Selfie attempt fail. Guess I need some more practice

Chocolate bounty from the Chocolatier. My favorite was a dark chocolate cup with a peanut butter cream filling.

Chocolate bounty from the Chocolatier. My favorite was a dark chocolate cup with a peanut butter cream filling.

Small and charming table for dinner. Jannie and I had no idea what awaited us for the wine-tasting that followed.

Small and charming table for dinner. Jannie and I had no idea what awaited us for the wine-tasting that followed.

It was really difficult to take pictures that capture the pure beauty of this wine cellar.  It is 220 years old and 600 sq. meters. It stays at a constant 15 degrees, winter and summer. Makes for slightly chilled red wine, but it was delicious nonetheless.

It was really difficult to take pictures that capture the pure beauty of this wine cellar.
It is 220 years old and 600 sq. meters. It stays at a constant 15 degrees, winter and summer. Makes for slightly chilled red wine, but it was delicious nonetheless.

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The first half of our wine flight. We started with light, freshly bottled white wine, dipped into heavy, dark reds and then he pulled us out with some sweet dessert wines before finishing with a strong black liquor made from poppy seeds - a Hungarian favorite.

The first half of our wine flight. We started with light, freshly bottled white wine, dipped into heavy, dark reds and then he pulled us out with some sweet dessert wines before finishing with a strong black liquor made from poppy seeds – a Hungarian favorite.

Second half of our wine flight. Was such an amazing experience to try these fantastic Hungarian wines in such an old, charming cellar.

Second half of our wine flight. Was such an amazing experience to try these fantastic Hungarian wines in such an old, charming cellar.

Before Amir suggested flash (I'm not much of a photographer, I just like taking pictures ;) )

Before Amir suggested flash (I’m not much of a photographer, I just like taking pictures 😉 )

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After the train ride home, we headed for the famous ruin bar, Szimpla kert. I’ve lived here for two years and have never been there, which is shocking to most. Amir felt it was absolutely necessary that I make the leap. If you are planning a trip to Budapest or live here and haven’t been there yet, you must visit – it is amazing!

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As for registration, well, that was one of the most stressful 10 minutes of my life. Our adrenaline rush didn’t subside for nearly two hours after.

We ended up with almost everything we wanted. I have about half my classes with Jannie and half with Skjalg – which is actually perfect!

Planning our classes went through several phases…and I think I spent way, way too much time on it all. It did work out in the end though, so who’s to say it wasn’t worth it.

Phase 1

Random crazy person sheets with scribbles and time slots…

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Phase 2

Modern day technology user. I used the notes from phase 1 to make up these possible schedules here. These I sent to Skjalg and Jannie, so we could start narrowing the classes down.

Phase 3

Mapping! Jannie and I sat for several hours before registration and made up these little registration maps. We wanted to make sure we had back-up plans for everything. In the end, I think we must’ve had something like 50 potential schedules. Jannie ended up getting most of the green path (our first choice) whereas I ended up with the blue path.

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Final product

Well, not really final. I have some scheduling conflicts to work out – i.e. find a Hungarian class I can sneak into! I will be meeting with the physiology tutor on Tuesday (I’ve been accepted as a TA in physiology as well, so will be TAing for both anatomy and physiology ). I hope everything works out smoothly….it’s a little bit of a mess to look at right now.

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Otherwise, I’ve spent the entire day inside. I set up a grocery delivery from Tesco for 14:00-16:00, but by 17:00, I hadn’t heard anything. After waiting in the call que for 20 minutes, I found out they were experiencing major technical difficulties and that the delivery wouldn’t be made until between 18:00-22:00. Safe to say I’m not in the best mood. Ordering groceries online is amazing – when it works as planned! I’d planned to be boring and stay in anyway, but I don’t want to be forced to do so.

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§ 7 Responses to Registration and Szentendre

  • That was a long one. Thanks for sharing. Love hearing everything.

  • Charkie says:

    First off, the green paint on those doors is a beautiful shade! Szentendre looks as picturesque as I imagined. It’s sometimes so
    Mapping the semester was indeed a brain teaser; glad it worked out 🙂 I’m hoping it’ll be easier next semester?!
    Merry Christmas! 😛

  • Jeremy says:

    Nice post. I’ve been in BP for over 3 months and still haven’t made it out to Szentendre. One of these weekends I’ll head up there. This post is a good primer.

    Two years before checking out Szimpla? Count me among the surprised.

    • Buda B says:

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy. Really amazing little town, with plenty to do and discover. I’ve heard it’s a great trip near Christmas time when the Christmas market it up.

      Haha, yes….unfortunately. Realizing that I need to get out more, rather than study away the years in my apartment.

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