When I started this post, it was Wednesday, and thus I had 14 days left in Budapest. But now that I am finishing it on Saturday, I supposed a better title would’ve been “11 days left”.
Since we returned from Croatia, the imminence of our departure from Budapest became all too real. Suddenly everything we did was “the last ___”. (i.e, last time we have to pay rent, the last time we have to take a midterm, the last Hungarian language class, could be the last time we have Thai food…etc)
Luckily school work has been keeping us too busy to dwell in our emotions; the last weeks of classes were filled with midterms, finals and difficult problem sets. I have also been trying to do as many new things in the city as possible; I don’t want to feel like I missed out on anything when I leave. I have a “Budapest Bucketlist” which is filled of things that I heard of as the semester progressed that I wanted to try before I left. Sadly, I realize now that some of those things will not happen before I leave (travel to Lake Balaton-the resort area of Hungary) and some I realize I may not want to do in my last days here (go to the Fine Arts Museum). But many of the items on the list are bars or restaurants that I have yet to try, and I hope to knock a few of them off after finals end. But you know what? I plan on coming back here someday soon and I will have to save the rest of my list until then.
Some highlights of the past weeks since I posted:
Next week we have final exams in our remaining classes and then Thursday is when we get our final grades at the “end of the semester party”. Because what’s a math party without a little stress over your transcript? They will be providing snacks and champagne after the grades are finalized (we are allowed to drop a class to an “audit” if we so choose on Thursday afternoon, which is a nice safety net), so I suppose they want things to end on a high note. After that, many people start leaving to go home or travel more of Europe. I will stay another 6 days because my best friend Julia is visiting (CAN’T WAIT) and then I head back to Newton. Its very surreal to think of life without the friends I have made here. Living together in a foreign city means that we spend pretty much all of our time together, and we’ve grown extremely close as a result. So trying to picture life at home or at Wellesley without them is hard to imagine. That being said, I am certainly excited to get back to America where I speak the language, live in a clean house (I found a bug in my fridge today-YUCK), and see my family, friends and of course…the dogs!
Now I’m off to try and study some more. I’ll update you all after my finals!