One must learn something new each week if not each day to keep one’s mind fresh and active.
This is what I learned in the last week give or take a few days.
1. If you have lived outside of the U.S. for more than 3 years, you are not eligible for a Fulbright.
2. My Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can be used for Skype calls and even video calls.
3. Some of my friends will not or cannot figure out how to use Skype.
4. The rest of my friends have not accepted my Skype invitation. : (
5. Budapest has the worst selection of men’s ties providing the most unfortunate experience of shopping for me, ever.
6. Trying to plan group events when you are 5,030 miles away is nearly improbable.
7. Booking a tour of the Iowa State Capitol guaranteeing 10 people is risky when you have 79 guests coming to your event.
8. Dueling Pianos Restaurant will not hold a table for one minute past 6pm if your entire party is not present. It is totally impossible to guess how many people will want to join us when DP wants the reservation this week. Then again, it is even more difficult to trust that those who say they want to join in are going to be on time. Apparently, they fill up weeks in advance.
9. If someone at Eötvös Loránd University can shift the blame to you, they will.
10. My new friend Andi, the Fulbright professor has met two Hungarian former Eötvös Loránd University instructors who have quit due to the workload and lack of respect.
It was an enlightening week.