This week has been a whirlwind. After getting the Yoder's (an amazing family from our sending church back in Florida) situated on Saturday with Trey for their family missions trip, spending all day on Sunday either at church or hanging out with friends around the city, and jumping full force into renovation mode on Monday & Tuesday, it's been much different than the previous weeks we've spent here. Not that our weeks prior to this week have not been as productive or busy, we just haven't had a whole lot of time this week to sit down and breathe. Laundry needs to be done, our flat needs to be deep cleaned, and groceries need to be bought soon, but we're honestly loving having more things to do rather than just wake up and explore the city (which is pretty great, too, we just like having variety in our life!).
So after four very, very busy and long days, it was nice for us to be able to take a bus up to Gellért Hill and explore with Danny, Alyssa, Karolina, Gunner, & Sawyer. The air was unusually warm (it has been in the mid-70's this past week!), but that didn't stop us from exploring everything the area has to offer. The leaves were all sorts of yellows, oranges, and reds, and the shops on top of the hill were selling traditional Hungarian foods like lángos (fried bread usually with sour cream and cheese on it) and sausages. We split what looked like a long hotdog to us but really was a sausage wrapped in fresh bread and topped with pickles, pickled cabbage, and pickled peppers (they love to pickle things here), and Johnny and I tried Hungarian mulled wine for the first time. Basically, it was fall in a cup, so of course Johnny only took a few sips before giving it to me and deciding it was too "fall-y" for him. One day he'll learn...
We finished our time on Gellért Hill walking through the trees on the way to the bus stop and enjoying the season we never get to see. It's been so cool getting to see fall for the first time in a country that is this beautiful!
We're looking forward to taking some time to explore and do some "tourist-y" things with the Yoder's and Trey & Denise hopefully during the next few days (Johnny has been the best "tour guide" around and the Yoder's are naturals at working the metro system!), and even more excited to continue helping with the new church building. We've been filming and taking photos of the progress, so be expecting to see it very soon!
Also, if you think of us, we have some very important decisions to make regarding the future. Please pray for guidance from the Lord and that we will listen to whatever He has to say. We love you all!
// Jonathan + Samantha