When Travel Troubles Come – Ajándék lónak ne nézd a fogát!

You are probably wondering what the title of this post means, unless you are Hungarian, and then you know. It is the same thing as the American saying, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” This saying basically means when someone gives you something, or offers you something, and you need help, don’t question their motives or abilities. Why would I bring this proverb up, and why would I post it in Hungarian? Valid questions that I promise to answer by the end of this post.

I had to take a picture for posterity.

Today my husband and I (along with the girls of course) drove a friend to the airport in her car. We are in Hungary for a month, and since we have lived here before, the drive up the small highway triggered a flash back of our induction into family traveling. I wish I could say that it is a good memory, but at least we got home at all.

We decided to take a trip into the closest big city the second day we were in Hungary to get a few groceries that we couldn’t find in the village, so we took a bus. There were a few other Bible college students with us, and one of the students had his mother with him. They asked if they could come along, and we said sure, because we didn’t think the day was going to be a big deal. Wrong. It ended up being Hungarian Labor Day and the bus schedule was all messed up. We did our shopping and returned to our bus stop, only to find that three hours later, a bus had not come. My husband, Travis (an experienced traveler), suggested that we take a bus going the wrong way because he knew there was a main bus station one stop away, and we would definitely be able to take a bus from the main bus station. It was a very reasonable suggestion and it would have kept us out of the bad situation we ended up in, but the student’s mother refused, and Travis didn’t want to split up the group. So we continued to wait for a bus that finally came several more hours later. Read more