So first of all, I don't know how big of news this actually made, but there was an explosion here in Budapest on Saturday night from a person setting off a homemade explosive device. It really wasn't a big deal, there were a couple of police officers injured in the blast but it was late at night so all of us missionaries are fine and it really wasn't that close to us at all. We just have to follow the security guidelines and avoid a few really popular areas, but we'll be fine.
Monday was fun, first we had a nice little district lunch at a cool milk bar just around the corner from where I live and then we headed over to Hero Square, but it started raining so we kind of all just got wet instead, but it was still super fun.
Tuesday was absolutely terrifying. So for a couple weeks we've been being told to review the safety guidelines and emergency procedures, which I was doing on Tuesday morning. So at breakfast I was discussing with Elder Stringham why I am not prepared for an emergency, only to then go check the phone and see a message telling us to pack and prepare to evacuate the city. So within 90 minutes we had the entire apartment packed to then receive another message telling us to get to the closest branch house immediately (hence the subject of this email). When we arrived we were then told that it was actually a drill just to see how prepared we would be and what we could change for a real situation. So that was pretty insane and we had a fun time unpacking everything again later on in the day.
Friday we headed over to our favourite little town of Budaörs, nothing too crazy happened there but we did get to tract a super cool street up to the top of this hill and we got a super cool view of the whole city. We also got to have Ikea for dinner which is always nice haha.
Saturday we had a teaching with our one and only investigator, János. The only problem was that when we arrived he was acting really strange and we're pretty sure that he was high on some sort of drug, so we got a lot of really strange questions such as "What's in Australia?" or "what kind of fish do you have in Australia?" even "If there was a spider on your tie and it climbed up and bit your nose what would you do?". So, yeah, it was a very strange teaching.
Sunday, was pretty normal, just church and the whole stuff with the explosion, but it was good still.
Oh yeah, I also managed to find an "Australian" football in a random store this week. I'm pretty sure it was just a leather rugby ball and Hungarians aren't great at making footballs, so it ended up being basically an Australian football. It was used and kind of dirty, but I still bought it, no regrets, it's the closest thing I've got.
Hope you all are having a great time back home!
- McKim Elder
View from the street while tracting
Dog that kind of looked like a small bear, Hungarian breed called Puli (Pool-y).