Finally, in the city again

So, we are back in the city of Budapest, again.

The last time we lived in Budapest was something like nine years ago, a little bit more, because we moved to Szigetszentmiklós before Xmas in 2008 – right before Luca was born at the beginning of 2009. So, two daughters and a couple of years after we are back.

By now we spent two full weeks here in the rented flat – and we enjoy it.

daughter in the kitchen
Pannus playing in the kitchen

This is very much different from our life in Szigetszentmiklós. It is like living in a big city somewhere, my wife said the first  days was like living in New York. I wake up at 6:30 in the morning as opposed to 5:30 or so, the girls between 6:30 and 6:45, around 7:15 we begin our walk towards the school/kindergarten (those are right next to each other). After leaving them in the building where they should be for the day I walk to the tram stop to catch the line 17 and in about half an hour I am at the office. Continue reading

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On the way?

So, as I have written earlier, we have plans for the future (who doesn’t?), and that we are planning to move to Budapest from our current place in Szigetszentmiklós.

Now, there is a situation now, as someone made a serious offer for our flat, they even paid 1% of the price in order to make sure they can buy the house and we have a pre-agreement that contains that they are willing to buy and the will buy the flat and we will sign the contract until the 7th of December.

Daughters working in the background
Daughters working in the background

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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!