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I'm back!!!

Okay so we're back and actually to be honest, we were back yesterday. I got a little busy yesterday on a whim and started painting my living room. I know, I'm a bit odd.

Anyhow, the trip was fine. The weather was a little of a downer but at least it wasn't raining. I didn't get any good photos but here are a few from the van.

One of the main stations in Downtown Budapest.
Just some buildings. Don't know what caught my eye on this one.
Love this building, don't know what it is but it's lovely. I almost looks a bit Moorish.

The all popular tram system, saves a ton of time and the aggravation of finding a place to park.

When we come to Budapest we usually have several objectives. 1 shop, 2 eat anything American we can find. Look what they have in Budapest, Burger King!

And KFC!!!

And TGIFridays!!!! Okay so we actually stopped at this one. It's so funny how eating something familiar makes you feel like you're back in the states.
Cody showing his glass of Coke that comes with free refills which is unheard of in Europe at least our area. BTW, see the red stripped tables, how American is that???


Johnny and I, awww. Although this is a really weird photo, he doesn't at all look like that in real life, no he's quite handsome!!Here we are at the Libegö in Budapest. It's a ski lift type thinggy that goes to the top in Janos hill on the Buda side of Budapest. Oh did you know there were two sides? Budapest is made up of the Buda and Pest sides separated by the Danube River (no it's not blue).

Headed up the hill. Cody rode solo, Johnny and Josh and then Hannah and I.

Look who we found at the top! Santa, he doesn't live in the North Pole, he lives in Budapest. He was out for a little cross country skiing and even remembered his cute red cap! Click on the image to see it close up, he's even got the white beard and glasses!!

Oh yea and I almost forgot, we got to say goodbye to our friend Bro. Dave and also meet some new friends. Jim and Laura Pranger are taking over Bro. Dave's work in Budapest so I'm glad for that. They are both very nice folks and we're richer for having met them.

Anyhoo, I'm back!



  1. Wow! where do I start, Tori! What an interesting post full of great points of interest. ;)
    It was dreary, looks like N. Spain.
    They have a KFC and a TGIF in Budapest! my goodness! of course they have some of those in Madrid and Barcelona but here in the North we have BK and MDs. Oh and one of our Missionary friends just found that Taco Bell just opened up in Madrid! can you believe it?

    Great pics of the kidos! I was wanting to meet them. :) what sweet smiles they have. Do you homeschool? I can´t remember if we talked about that or not.

    Ok so I wrote a book!
    Have a great day, Tori!
    btw I went to your web page and watched your video presentation. It was great! Loved hearing the update on the great things the Lord is doing there! It seems a bit more open than Spain. (from the opportunities you all have had) It´s amazing you have a church building! What a miracle!

  2. Welcome home, Tori! I really enjoyed the pictures and the video. I was trying to figure out what you meant about the buda and pest....????
    I'm glad ya'll made it home safely!

    btw, thank you for being so good about sharing your experiences with us. It's always a treat. Love & Prayers,

  3. Looks like you had fun! And oh so American. Have a great day.

  4. Beautiful pictures! Love the look of that building with the green roof.

    I guess we're spoiled-there are a lot of American chain restaurants in Mexico.

  5. Welcome back! Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

  6. I like these posts. It's interesting to see other parts of the world. How nice that you met some new friends!

    How often do you get to come back to the states?

  7. Tori, It looks like you had a fun trip. I enjoyed all the great pictures...especially the one of "Santa":) Well anyway, glad you're back!


  8. I love the video!! Thank you for the geography lesson on Budapest. I'll have to make a note of that one to tell my kids!
    It was great to hear your voice, Tori. We're praying for you all. Keep up the great work!!

  9. What fun to visit Budapest via your post! We are very excited here as a TGIF will open next Monday!!!!! We have BK and McDonalds, and Pizza Hut here in the capital

  10. I loved the pictures! Looks like you all had a great time. =)

  11. I am glad you got back home safely. I loved the pictures. Santa was a special treat. So now we know he is not always at the North

    Glad you got your room painted. We have been painting on a bedroom for a week now. Almost finished. Whew!!!

    I am so thankful that you found some new friends and that you liked them. WELCOME HOME. connie

  12. Well, you found the really important places to visit!
    When we go to Santiago, I want to go to Applebee's and Tony Romas.

    Its so good to have a little bit of "home", right?
    Have a great visit with Bro.Smith. I didn't get to go to the conference this year. But he'll be coming here to Lanco next year!

    Looks mighty cold where you are!!

  13. Hi! It's been a while since I've been by your blog. (I'm LeadingThemToHim on VUH.) Just wanted to leave a comment and say God bless. And thanks for sharing the pics! Very fascinating!

  14. wow look at all those beautiful places you get to visit..
    YAY for a Tgif..... And coke and stripped tables, your right cant get more American.... :P

  15. I really love the pictures. That is as close as I will ever get to being over seas. Thanks for sharing!!

  16. It has been a long time since I last stopped by!!

    It was good to catch up though. I enjoyed the pictures.

    When I was in Budapest (March '08) I was amazed that the BK served shrimp on their menu!!!! My friend in Romania looks forward to going to BK in Budapest when someone comes in as she can get shrimp then!

    Have a great day.

  17. Anonymous5:45 PM

    It is so awesome that you met Jim and Laura Pranger. I love them to death - they are absolutely amazing. They are also my parents. :D
    - Lyd


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