So Many Things to Do!!

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
Trip End Feb 08, 2011

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Kings Gate

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

It took a while for us to have the energy and time to be able to seize an opportunity to soak in the sights of this entrancing city...but each time we break off from the beaten path between 'home' & 'work' we are filled with pure delight.
This is certainly a destination worth adding to the top 10 when doing your European excursion!

We have wandered about the towering colonnades of Hero Square ...

Among the Autumn leaves of City Park with it's smaller yet fascinatingly incredible copy of the legendary Transylvania Castle ...

Trekked up Gellért Hill passed the Cave Chapel to the Freedom Monument with it's moving history (the only monument still standing from the Soviet Era ~  re-dedicated to the people of Hungary after their departure in '91) ...

Through the enchanting Castle District with all its delights...and the stunning neo-Gothic Fishermen's Bastion that offers views among the best in Budapest ...

Around the monumentally impressive Parliament - an eclectic blend of architectural styles which in sum works very well: neo-Gothic, neo-Romanesque, neo-baroque  ~  flaunting over 700 sumptuously decorated rooms ...

Down high-class Fashion Parade where prices double and fur & heels seem mandatory…

Into the breath-taking opulence of the State Opera House, whose chandelier alone leaves you completely mesmerized …

Throughout the neoclassical grandeur of St Stephens Basilica whose construction spanned the course of half a century …

Crossed over many of the bridges straddling the Danube and woven the streets & metros of down-town Budapest ...
...and yet still there is so much more to be savored...for we have, as yet, only scratched the surface of each of these beautiful sights   ~   waiting in anticipation for the 3 days we are taking off when our friends from Finland come to visit us here :)

We have relished the opportunity to have people over for a meal and have taken great enjoyment in filling many of our spare days and evenings to be blessed by the company of others.
Rosie's birthday was a great occasion to host a smaller, intimate brunch party - and we have loved seizing the opportunity to get to know people over lunch or brunch here.
It was quite the highlight organizing an International Dinner among the staff here at Kings Gate with dishes from Romania, Serbia, India, Bulgaria and, of course, New Zealand. What a stunning infusion of flavors to indulge in!
Several nights later we crammed our dinning space with an open invite to all YWAMers here for a Pancake Evening...what fun! I don't recall how many stacks of pancakes Samuel ended up making that night, but it was a fairly full-time occupation with so many incredible toppings to be tried and combinations to be experimented.
We have had the joy of several dinner invitations to the homes of others also, which always warms our hearts for their thoughtfulness and the chance to get to know them more.

Outside of the usual busyness at the Ministry Center we have been on the team for several working bees cleaning up around both the accommodation and ministry facilities. It seriously is such a rewarding feeling seeing the progress and accomplishment that comes from a concentrated team effort on a project - and how much more fun to share the otherwise mundane tasks in lively conversation alongside people with a heart to serve.

From the beginning of YWAM Budapest, they have had all kinds of teams out on the streets of the city proclaiming the Gospel through music, dramas, sharing testimonies, preaching, etc.
Street Outreach is one of the ways they share the Good News of the Kingdom in Budapest.  Every Monday and Thursday, Terry, together with members of a local church, go to different parts of the city and on one such day we were able to join them in sharing with and seeing people's lives touched and changed.

Back at the Center we have moved on to more projects to keep us challenged and inspired.
Samuel has been tackling the massive undertaking of designing and creating the DJ / lighting booth; with all it's intricacies in balancing each of the important functional requirements and design aspects in such a small and yet prominent space.
Looking great though and really starting to come together!

I have continued to help alongside Samuel where I can and also set about painting up 2 other large signs for Rézkígyó from the mix of test-pots lying around the construction site.
It has been absolutely wonderful to make a start in the process of dreaming and drawing up a proposition for the layout and design of the interior of the 'new’ Coffee House/Café area – as well as a number of other rooms in this massive 3-story facility. How fun to be able to bounce ideas with Samuel and others who have a real history with the place here and a depth of knowledge in the ministries going on. I am in my element!

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