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A Great Week in Kecskemet

Carla, Opening Ceremonies, Folk Dancing and lots of Laughing

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This is the front of my school.
And the cute fruit stand in front of school.

Wow this weekend has been packed full of fun. It really started on Friday because my testing finished Thursday, which went ok by the way. I am taking 18 hours of class a week, that is nothing compared to last semester, but I have a feeling these classes are going to be just a tad bit harder.
Thursday night, to celebrate classes being done, we went to a Carla, pronounced [charla], which is traditional Hungarian food. It was excellent; however, we had a translation issue and a girl ordered a bottle of wine instead of glass but it was good wine so we didn't mind.
Friday started with the Opening Ceremony for the Institute, this year the director (who founded the Institute with Miss. Kodaly) is passing the torch. So there were lots of speeches, but I enjoyed seeing Miss. Kodaly, the directors new and old of this Institute and the Liszt Academy Director. Afterwords there was a nice reception and we took pictures in the courtyard while we were all gussied up. These are all the students studying at the Institute this year.
After the Ceremony I went shopping with my new friends: Casey from Alberta Canada (he is not Canadian but French Canadian), Hilary from Ireland and Emma from Ohio (who is also a Hungarian citizen and speaks Hungarian- she is kinda like the freshman at school with a car, everyone wants her to be her friend, but I really enjoy spending time with her).
To finish the night we went to the Folk Dance Concert. It was very fun, in a few days I will upload some videos of them dancing but for now I just have a few pictures.
It was great to see children all dressed up, dancing and singing . We left a little early because all the music was in about the same key and they don't really sing, they yell AND while dancing they do this high pitch whistle or yell and it was making our heads hurt.
After the concert there was an opportunity for everyone to learn to dance. I got most of the steps but some of them were quite complicated. After a little break I went back to dancing and was asked by both a old man who had too much to drink and a young boy who claimed he was 14 to dance. I had fun but it was tiring. It has been a great weekend and I can't wait to see what other adventures await me while I am here in this unique country.

Posted by Caitlin L 16:27 Archived in Hungary

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Hellow Caitlin my name is Fernando, I live in Chile (south america), I hope to study at
Kodaly Institute in 2009-2010, and I would like to ask you about the live in Kesckemet, my mail is fernandocar3@yahoo.es
You look very happy in the photograps

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