I’m still in Budapest, and my son Yonah and my grandma are here, keeping me company for the last two weeks. My grandmother was born and raised in Budapest, and she still speaks Hungarian without an accent. She is current on local affairs and cultural things. She is really having a blast being back. One of the reasons for her visit is that my uncle Áron is turning 70 on Monday. It is also a very nostalgic trip for Grandma. This is her second visit back since my Grandpa died, and she is telling us a lot about their lives here before the war. My grandma actually went to see the first August 20 fireworks in 1926 (or was it 1928) (see previous post), and she told me that even back then people were always saying that it was better the year before!
One of the News portals pissed me off today. One of their headlines? Israel bombs Lebanon. Only if you click on the article and go towards the end of it, do they mention that it was a response to the two rockets fired at Israeli civilian establishments yesterday. I can’t believe it still makes me angry, after 5 years in experiencing something completely different in Israel than shown in the media.
Once again I had lunch at W35. This is a “fast food” place (not really) that sells TexMex food for an affordable price. I discovered it early on during my visit, and while it is not wheelchair accessible, the staff is super nice and they do everything to accommodate me. The food is also nice. Very nice. Theodore liked my leftovers.
GAP just opened its first store in Budapest! I’m excited! I hope to stop buy and check it all out, hopefully find some new clothes for the next few months. Since I won’t work, I can wear more casual clothes, and I’m pretty short on those that will be weather appropriate come winter.
After going home, our (almost) whole family is going to escape to the Dead Sea between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for a few days. We will celebrate all the missed birthdays and events while there, float in the sea and smear Dead Sea mud all over ourselves. We have already checked Itai out of school for those days, and we are all super excited to finally spend some quality time together. We are going to stay at the same place as last time. I hope they’ll still have the grill place outside. That was a hit with the kids last time! One of our soldier boys will be able to come with us, unless the situation mentioned above escalates.
Since as soon as we get back school holidays will start for Yom Kippur and Sukkot, we might not start homeschool till after Sukkot, though I think I’d love to start it during the holiday. It would be fun to do school in the sukkah, right?
I finally wrote cards and bought envelopes. I think I’ll mail them after I get back from Poland. We are going to be there 2 nights/3 days, and driving. We will visit Auschwitz, Kraków and Jasna Gora in Czestochowa. Jasna Gora is the home of the Black Madonna (the two catholics coming with us want to go to Mass and see it as well), while I plan to walk around and once again see Jerzy Duda Gracz’s Golgotha of Jasna Gora paintings. While you can see them clicking in the link, they are more powerful and thought provoking, even for this non-believer, in person.
Shabbat Shalom! When the Shabbat ends, the Jewish Summer Festival will begin! Part of it will be the Israeli Days at the Grand Market Hall of Budapest! I will take some photos if I get to go. Another part will be the Ivri Lider concert I’m going to on the 31st! I will take Yonah as well. We are both excited. We have gone to a few of his shows at home, but we never had very good seats. Now we do!
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