Just 24 hours left before I fly off to Budapest with Hannes! I’ve pretty much decided on what to bring, now I just have to choose the right bag. I am really excited about this trip, and I know that we will have a marvelous time there. There is just one thing that bothers me slightly, and that’s the fact that I don’t understand Hungarian.
I’m not used to being unable to understand the language when traveling abroad. Since I am fluent in Swedish, English and Russian, I can understand much of what is said and written in almost the whole of Europe. By combining the languages I know with logical reasoning and a little guesswork, I can get by just fine in Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Greece and Bulgaria to name a few countries.
But, as I said, I hardly know a word of Hungarian. Because of its rich morphology and complex vowel system, Hungarian is considered by many to be one of the most difficult languages in the world. I wonder how many words and phrases I’ll be able to pick up in one week in Budapest!