Daily Prompt: Buffalo Nickel 2007

Today’s Daily Prompt: Buffalo Nickel sounds like a fun challenge that had me reaching for my purse just to see what year the coin I randomly picked was from. It was 2007.  As I actually remember what I was doing then and as that was one of the most exciting years in my life I felt inspired to write about it.

Hungarian Parliament as seen from my balcony

Hungarian Parliament as seen from the balcony

In 2006 I went to Budapest, on an expat assignment. My department was moving around 40 jobs from the UK to Hungary and I was one of the supervisors who had the job of setting up the new teams.  There were 14 people in my team doing about 5 or 6 different jobs and they were all new! Anyone who has worked for a large company can imagine the logistics of getting this number of new people all at the same time, getting everyone trained, dealing with cultural differences and then to top it all off actually move countries too.

The people we selected for the jobs were highly educated, multilingual and for the most part in their early to mid twenties.  After a few months we were starting to feel more comfortable and established but still had to deal with a high number of issues such as resignations, lack of expertise and maternity breaks.  We were never quite sure what surprise each day would bring. In 2007 I had three of my team go on maternity leave within a few short months of each other and I had the first resignation towards the end of the year. It was a very challenging time but that was what made the whole experience so rewarding.

On a personal note I was loving life in Budapest.  We lived in an amazing big, old and almost empty building, very close to the Parliament and the river Danube.  Budapest is a vibrant city and living so centrally I did not need to go far to be entertained in some form or another.  From my balcony I witnessed marathon running, film making, political demonstrations and a miscellany of other events.

For the first time in my life, I went to drawing classes and started painting. I was also walking a lot and exploring the beautiful city.

I was enjoying my job, making friends, learning new hobbies – I can truly say that 2007 was one of the most memorable years I had on both a personal and a professional level!

Daily Prompt: Free Association – Home is where I want to be

I love today’s Daily Prompt challenge!

Write down the first words that comes to mind when we say . . .

. . . home.

. . . soil.

. . . rain.

I love it because it immediately brought to my mind the free association game I am so keen to play with my nieces and nephews.  It is great to see how they play it and the words they link together.

It is particularly fun when they are still quite young and just start grasping how the game works.  The sad part comes when they say “Oh no, not that game again!”

Anyway, on to my own associations:

home -> I love being at home.  When I’m at work, away on vacation or business, just out for the day or the evening, I can’t wait to get back home. I love the coziness, the warmth, being sheltered from the elements. I love sitting around in my own personal space reading, watching an old movie or connecting virtually with the world. I cherished the privacy of home.

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a warm cozy place to be

soil ->The word soil brings to mind the lush green colours of the beautiful country I live in.  There are so many beautiful plants and trees everywhere.  I love the cows and sheep that can be seen in many places and I love the way fields easily sit side by side with beaches and the sea.

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the water, the sheep, the green of the fields and trees, (Lake District, UK)

rain -> The  wonderful feeling of warm rain – I will never forget the first time I experienced it as I got off a plane!  The winter and cold rain, while cozy at home, hearing it fall, watching an old movie.  As it gets colder rain becomes ice or snow.  I am looking at the snow outside of my window right now and it reminds me of the wonderfully brilliant mountains of the Alps.

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Alps, France

Funny how almost everything leads me home huh?