Sup Debrecen?

Almost two weeks have past and we´ve written nothing. Time goes by so fast that we are already worrying about having to go back home soon! During these weeks we have made one bike trip, found a gym and visited the Angol Klub we wrote about last time. Marie gave us a tour in Debrecen, so now we probably have seen everything worth seeing since it´s a very small city after all. We also had a great dinner at Marie´s on Friday – it was so delicious and was nice to get to eat something very different than you usually cook for yourself.

Living in Debrecen is very similar to the life we have in Jyväskylä. We have adjusted ourselves here well and it doesn´t feel at all like living abroad. How should it feel, don´t know, but this has been very easy for us. Erasmus activies are apparently on holiday, since we haven´t heard anything from them yet. That´s really a shame because we have all this freetime and no idea what to do with it?! Last year was very busy for both of us so now we feel anxious when there is nothing to do. Luckily we finally managed to find a great gym so that´s one activity for us. You´d think that we would have lots of things to do right now, like getting to know to the city and so on, but as said before this is a very small place. There is a city called Hajdúszoboszló that is known for its spas so maybe some weekend we´ll go there. In Eger we hear, wine tasting is something “big” so that is a place worth going also. It´s a bit farther so making a trip there needs some planning.

Everything is much cheaper here than in Finland. Eating in a restaurant costs 5-10 euros, 2 l water bottle (tap water needs cleaning and we don´t have the equipment yet so we buy our water.. so many bottles….!) costs 67 forints = 0,2 euros, capuccino 340 forints = 1,15e, one month membership in a gym 5000 forints = 17 euros, one carton of milk (cheapest) 189 forints = 0,63 e, “quilted vest” (toppaliivi, no idea what in English) 12euros!! So here are some examples. It´s weird how much more expensive things are or just living is in Finland. How will we get used to it again when we come back?

There is a very lovely woman living the next door. She greets us always ” Szia, Szia, Szia, Szia. Bicikli(=bicycle)?” Yesterday we met her downstairs and she warned us for keeping our bikes outside. In body language she tried to explain that they will be stolen during the night. Then she took us to another neighbour whose son had to explain us in English where to put the bikes. The last sentence he translated was “You don´t have boyfriends?” Hmpfh. 😀  Had a great laugh and escaped to save our bikes indoors. After this we gave this neighbour of ours, Joli, the rest of our cheesecake since we ate it too much already. Today she came with a note that said “Could you give me the cake recipe? 🙂 ” Erja translated the recipe in Hungarian and went to give it to Joli. She invited Erja inside her house and made her cappucino and then they tried to have a conversation with her zero knowledge of English and Erja´s knowledge of physiotherapy phrases in Hungarian. They managed to tell each other their ages and occupations and the time we will be here. So it wasn´t all waste of time! It feels nice to now know this neighbour better and maybe we will bake something else to her later..

Almost forgot, practical training is going also well and our Hungarian has improved with the patients. We can now introduce ourselves, ask how the patients are feeling (hoping that they will answer only something like Jó, köszönöm..) or if they have pain somewhere (hoping that they will show us the body part where they have pain..). During physiotherapy our instructions consist of body language and few words in Hungarian. Useful words are for example right=jobb, left=bal, arm/hand= kézi, foot=láb, move=mozgás, up=fel, down=le and good=jó. Some of our patients can’t communicate at all or only with few words because they have aphasia, so for them it is good that we use only simple words and sentences.


Map is our best friend. On our way to one lake on this warm and sunny Sunday.


No longer in Debrecen??? Heidi are you sure we are going to the right direction?!


Yes, we were. The lake was a 7km ride away from the centre of Debrecen. Birdwatchinig is now Heidi´s new hobby.



The view on the lake. Very beautiful!


Local bus stop.


Find Erja.


Sometimes all the studying makes you tired.


Whaaat?! Hyllykallio (Seinäjoki)  in the middle of Debrecen?

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Now we have time to cook as you can see: pizza and “pancakes”.

🙂 Erja and Heidi

 PS. According to the Urban Dictionary “sup” means “A term that cool people use because they are too damn lazy to say What’s up.”  So this means that we are cool people as well, doesn´t it?