First of all:
Ahhhhhh! Ohmygawsh! Skyping was the bomb! It was awesome to see your faces---Colin, good to know your nickname is still holding true and congrats on being the last Carle out on the roads ;) Also--nagyon hiányozol nekem! Seriously, I miss you all so much, it was great to talk!
Second of all:
Boom! Krystal---you're all grown-up and graduated! I thought about you all day--sorry I had to be there in spirit, I wish I could have been there in person, but I'm super proud of you, they don't just hand out chemical engineering degrees to anybody, tudod? ;)
Third of all,
We had a crazy, crazy busy PDay today. My area is right on the edge of Hungary and the border of Austria and so today we took the train out to Kőszeg (this little village town right on the border) and hiked up to this mountain thing and the Elders went all the way to the top (which was a FIVE HOUR HIKE, jussayin'---they're cray) which on one side was Hungary, and on the other side was Austria (crazy)! It was breath-takingly beautiful hiking up in the mountains, the view was insane.
My companion and I went further down...and she taught me a skill she had acquired from a Hungarian craftsman when she was serving in Debrecen---whipping. Yes, dear friends and family, I can now, straight-up Indiana Jones style, whip fancy Hungarian whips. It was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be! Anyways, then we went into the town and went into the cutest European-style chocolate shop you can possibly imagine and tried fancy chocolates and I felt inadequate because my family reminded me at Skype yesterday that I'd never tried Hungarian gúlyas so we went to this super sick medival-style resturant and I got gúlyas in a cauldron-thingy---rumors confirmed: it's good.
Anyways, a couple pictures enclosed, they had a lot of really cool Cathedrals and stained glass and tourist-y stuff. It was bombin'.
Fourth of all:
Missions are for sure not all daisies and roses and fancy chocolate and Hungarian gúlyas. This week I was actually getting a little blue---but the opportunity to talk to my family really reminded me why I was out here again. Whipping is cool and all--but that's not what this is about. Not even a little bit. I loved being able to share with you all the joy that is my mission. To go through all the people I've come to love here was really something that opened my eyes to all the blessings I'd been failing to see. Thanks so much for always being there for me, for helping me remember all the beautiful things about life. How transfers fit into who we meet, and who we meet shapes our mission---and our mission shapes our life.
It's pretty dang cool.
Love you all!
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