New Home, New River


I have loved living by the Zagyva and am grateful to my school and the Central European Teaching Program for setting me up so well. The only thing was that my books (the ones I have here in Hungary, just a fraction of my total collection) had been piling up all around, with nowhere to go. That, and I have known for a while that I want to stay here for a long time.

Earlier this year I planned to buy a place, and found just the right one: small but lovely, quite a bit larger than this one, with enough room for books and other things. With the coronavirus restrictions, I didn’t think I would be able to move any time soon, but today I received calls from both the real estate agent and the seller. Everything has worked out, and I will receive my keys to the new place tomorrow.


In celebration, I biked to the apartment. The rose garden in the Tisza park was almost in bloom, and the Hotel Tisza’s restaurant looked inviting despite being closed.


The Airplane Museum (just a few blocks from my new place) stood bold against the sun.


In previous weeks, I have rode the bike onto my street but stayed shy of the actual building, not wanting to bother the sellers. But now I biked up close.


And here’s a nice view of the street.


Finally, here’s the neighborhood, including the smaller Marcipán sweet shop, as I saw it on my way out. Great clouds, too.


The Tisza itself looks mighty, but I didn’t take any pictures of it today. Here’s a picture from a few days ago.


Update: The following morning, after receiving my keys, I took some photos indoors and in the garden.

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