Bikes, Rivers, and Challenges

bike ride to school

Bikes and rivers have this in common: they are both good for the soul. Put the two together, and you have a tonic for any time of day. I took this picture last week during a bike ride to school; it takes me only five minutes to get there (or back home), but during those five minutes, I get to see the sunrise (or whatever the skies might hold) while zipping along the Zagyva promenade. A quieting and thrilling commute.

The first month in a new country may hold sunsets and paperwork, but whether it’s dreamy, signature-laden, or both, it’s just the first stage. I am here not for a lark, an extended vacation, a nap in a hammock (see the bear below), or even a sabbatical, but for something more substantial. That means challenges. For instance, I try every day to apply my basic Hungarian to a new situation, but it will take much more practice, study, and experience–and many more mistakes–to learn the language well. It doesn’t happen overnight, overweek, or overmonth; but over time the structures and words will take hold. I look forward to this.

bear in hammock

I took both photos here in Szolnok.

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  1. Judith Croke

     /  December 12, 2017

    Lovely to read your observations about the changing nature and the rivers in Szolnok and the accompanying pictures More surprises to come in relation to the rivers, I am sure, as we get more into winter!

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    • Thank you! Yes, I think there will be many more surprises. There’s a lot, also, that doesn’t lend itself to pictures: the river in motion, the sounds of ducks, the clatter of bike on bricks, the people taking slow evening walks, etc.

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