Education on a holiday?

So, I thought that if we travel somewhere, my daughters need to enjoy it. But learning while enjoying is probably even more important, so I planned the trip to London with other things in mind – a little bit of this here and a little bit of that there, museums, creativity, self-learning, self-management, independence whatever.

(Note: the photos of this post were taken for my wife’s self-development as she works for the Educational Division of Budapest’s Garbage Company.)

Transport Museum

First of all, let’s see the Museums. The first day of the trip (after the incident with the accommodation) was planned around arriving and a little travel in the city, and Luca wanted to start the official program with the Transport Museum of London. And we did that and that was a very good idea, the girls enjoyed it, they were all around the vehicles, getting on and off the buses, following the signs etc.

Luca understood it better, so it was easier for her, but the 4-year-old Pannus loved it too, although she was mostly occupied with the stamp collecting, provided by the museum. Kids had to follow a path and at 13 different places they had to collect a stamp (or a punch, rather) on a paper. She did check everything but the most important thing was the punch. Continue reading

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Restart, medium-term plans and other things

OK, I haven’t posted for ages, I know, and I have no excuses at all. Except for the last three weeks or so, because three weeks ago I started to work at a new place, so it has been a bit busy nowadays.

But now it is time to write again, so I am planning to post more often with more topics.

This one is the first and it is about our medium-term plans. We are selling our house and want to move into the city (Budapest). Our daughters are just getting older and older, Lucas is almost nine, Pannus is more than four – and their company and friends are mostly in the city so we have to orient ourselves somewhere there.

Luca is a very interested girl she wants to try lots of different sports and activities – another reason to be closer. And if we live in the city then we don’t have to wait for each other, Luca can go to her special after-school lessons with my wife and I can take Pannus home, so job done.

So, the short-term plan is to sell the house and find a flat to rent, so the special lessons and sleep-overs and Pannus’ friends would be sorted.

Now, the medium-term is a bit more complicated. It seem like we need to find a new school for Luca, which is a bit of a problem, but that’ll be a different post. On the family front we are trying to move abroad – it seem like the situation in Hungary will not be changed and there is no other way.

I am planning to use this new job as an opportunity for that. I give myself something around two years or a bit more to work here, to learn a lot of things here, so that we can move abroad. It is a international environment here, the company is a German one, but the internationally used language is the English. The next day I am going to meet the Irish ambassador here in Hungary about a project. Gonna be fun!

I started to refresh my French knowledge. I have lessons with a friend of mine every Thursday evening, I use two different applications to practice every day, and I really do spend 30 minutes with it every day. I bought a box of Pons word cards, too.

And I am using my LinkedIn premium subscription too, to learn about education, digitalisation, learning management system etc.

Seems like quite a journey to me!

To start with

So it’s gonna be the Cooking basics for Dummies. Only the beginning. I think I am a bit more by now than a beginner on my home ground in the kitchen, but to write a blog about it’s kind of an away match to Real Madrid – you need definitely different skills and tools.

Only to learn the basic vocabulary
Only to learn the basic vocabulary

Well, I lived in London for one and a half year, and my English was almost perfect then,  but it was ten twelve years ago and I forgot a lot. I still read a lot in English, books, websites, magazines, newspapers, etc., but when I have to express myself it’s getting harder.

Especially when it’s in a kind of really specific topic – say cooking, for example, where you need really the perfect words when you describe something and when you try to understand something, either.

I downloaded a sample of the book to my e-book reader and it seems like it can help me to learn the essentials of cooking, really, the basics. Ingredients, tools, different types of jars, pots, different methods, so that if I write that sauteing that would mean sauteing, and if I read somewhere that I need to use a pot, I”ll be able to choose the perfect one from my cupboard.

As I have a bit of experience, I think I’ll be rather quick with this first book, and then I can easily find another one, with a bit wider range. With the basic vocabulary from this book hopefully it will much easier to write this blog…

Help needed and news on another front

So, a couple of months ago I decided to publish this blog about chilies, gastronomy, restaurants, etc. And by now I realized that if I want to carry on (and I do want to) I need to recharge my vocabulary and need to learn a lot about gastronomy, kitchen and all the things related. One thing is to read blogs, magazines on this topic but I want to do something more, as well, in order to speed up the process of learning.

So, now I’m looking for a book which I can use for this. I need to learn from the basics, all the terms and methods of gastronomy. I’m ready to order anything suggested or advised to use – well, under a reasonable budget. If you have a good and useful one, please leave a comment! I welcome any ideas.

Anyway, the budget is necessary because now I’m responsible for one more person – ’cause we are expecting a baby around August. We have a lot of things to do until he or she arrives, we want to sell our flat and move to a house in Budapest, closer to our daughter’s kindergarten and to our office. Again, we need to furnish a new baby room, with all the things like a pram, a baby carrier, there’s the chili growing and the products, blogs and so, seems like it’s gonna be a rather hectic and colorful year…

But, with the baby and the Super Bowl of the Ravens, I can only say, the year kicked off well!

First photos of the baby
First photos of the baby