2009

Day 18 - Budapest, Hungary

Day 18 marked our last full day in Europe. We spend the most of the day like a tourist and also visited Shaun and Sondi (& family) in the evening. It was an interesting experience for me because I've never been in this part of the world before, but it was also difficult for me to see everything as I can feel my body is winding down and looking forward to resting at home... During the morning we ate breakfast at a McDonald's in town... it was one of the most beautiful MickyD we've ever been too... the building was amazing... Afterward we stopped by this train station...

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We spend the morning at a local market...

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For lunch we ate close to the Castle district in a cafe called Marvelosa. The lunch took 2 hrs (not by our choice)...

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From the Castle district you can see the beautiful city of Budapest...

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We want to give a HUGE THANKS to Valery for driving us around. The traffic is insane in Budapest... its like rush hours all the time...

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We met up with Shaun & Sondi's family (one of the missionary family SCCEFC supports) in the late afternoon/evening...

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... also we met the new addition to their family...

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... here is Kelen with his lego... his brother was asleep...

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After our visit we left for a local mall (very similar to our malls) and had dinner at the food court. We also bought some snacks for the debrief meeting we had that night. It was interesting to hear everyone's sharing and we hope we will be able to share with each of you soon!

Day 17 - Leaving Ukraine

Day 17, probably one of the hardest part of the trip, leaving. After Sunday worship, everyone gathered to say Good Bye... IMG_5229

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As we boarded our van, the kids blocked the entrance!

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After we left the gate, everyone was sad...

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We proceeded with the 5 hr trip (1.5 hr at the border; which involve us unloading all our luggage for "special" inspections.). We arrived in Budapest in time for dinner...

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As a team building exercise, Tiffany had to eat a piece of tasty fat.

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After dinner we found our hotel... One thing we learned about Budapest is parking, it is very difficult. The streets are narrow and most parkade have height restrictions...

We rested early got ready for the next day!

Day 16.2 - Talent Night!

Our last event of the trip, the much anticipated Talent Night! From young to old, there was much to show!! IMG_5068

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From singing, drama, piano, guitar, to crazy acrobatic feats! They were all extremely talented!!!

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... and one of the most tastiest talent of all!

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As we ended the last talent, we announced the people's choice Photo award (From the photography workshop this week) and also the HOM staff and kids presented us with some gifts! This was our last night here at HOM and many of us were sad to leave the next day.

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