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JULY

July, the end of the school-term. I am getting to be sad…The end of this period in Moldova, in Máriafalva is too close. I try to be more with the children and with the village.

At the begining of July I was very excited. I was waiting for my parents and my relativs. They would like to visit me, to see where I am. It was a very strange feeling when they arrived. Thousands of miles away from my home. Firstly when I showed them my house my parents got a smaller shock. They could not realise why am I here in the poverty.

Anyway they felt good themselves. They understood each other well with the people in the village.

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My family brought lots of clothes, toys, books, sweets, foods to the children. So I made a school year cloosing ceremony, a speech day. We sang and danced. We showed what we learned during the year. After the ceremony I gave a diploma to the children. And of course they got the lots of gifts, the donation.

We had a musician so we danced and made a fantastic party 🙂DSCF3888

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…and with the older “dwarfs”

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Finally the dance with everybody.

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JUNE

The June was the best. Welcome Summer! 🙂 We were with the children in a lots place.

Firstly we hathe tale-competition. I had 4 children. They were very clever. It was great to listen them. One year ago they did not say in hungarian Jóreggelt! (good morning). And now they told a full tale. I really do not mind the hard winter time, the solitude. It works and worth it!

I ran around the village to collect traditional costume to the four children. Fortunately I/we found all of them. They were just gorgeous 🙂 Every competitor had to make something illustration about their tales. We had to make four! It was a very good feeling how the children helped to each other. Every child who learn in the hungarian school helped to the four competitors. And one of the illustration was so beautiful that the jury gave a special award for it.

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…and Florentina in the mese-katrinca (tale-shroud skirt); special award

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After the tale-competition we had a soccer competition, in Ferdinándújfalu. We stood just on the seventh place, but we do not mind! It was just a game. Alltough the boys were very disappointed, they would like to cry 😦 It was sad to see them. I would like to also cry because of their sad faces.

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And there is still no end of  June. There was a perfect weekend in Trunk. The teacher in Trunk, Lala, made a fantastic csángó folkdance camp! The children could learn dances, songs, play on flute or on koboz ( it is special csángó plucked musical instrument). The atmosphere of the camp was perfect. he children could meet other csángó children. And of course the teachers could meet each other.

MAY

The spring time is the best! 🙂 The village always move to the meadow. Like an ant hill! If I am outside everbody stop in front of my house and talk to me. I feel good myself. We learned now in the garden. Or we walk wit the children. In June will be a tale-competition to the children. So now I collected in the village a few folk tale from the older women, men…And my children learned it. It is very interesting. They are very clever, they are getting better and better in hungarian. We can speak clear with each other. DSCF0767

Here is the period of the snails. In the village people eat it. So we were waiting for the rain, than for the snails. With the younger children we learned the Kicsi külbécs gyere ki…song ( Small snails come out…). I think the song was effective. During the May the whole Máriafalva could eat roasted snails. 🙂 And the children could play with them.

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In May we have one of the most important religious holiday, Pünkösd(Pentecost). There is a huge pendecost pilgrimage in Csíksomlyó. Nowdays this is one of the symbol of the Hungarian. So I went with the MCSMSZ (the Association of Hungarian Csangos from Moldova) to Csíksomlyó. We would like to make money for the association and for the children. We sold books, CDs, toys, handycrafts.

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…and the Gyimes.

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NOVEMBER

Until november I really could feel the village accepted me.  People invited me to their home, they talked to me, and they started to unfold there small life what is behind the fences, in their home. I like it because I know they like me, but sometime the informations were too much. I am just a teacher from an other place, and they can understand I have to be in a good friendship whit the whole village and I can not hate X.Y. why Y.X. do not like him/her.

So maybe it is the hardest thing in Máriafalva, to be objectiv, and to be in the middle, not on the right or the left side.

Anyway during this few weeks the children and people in Máriafalva became part of my life. And I love this life 🙂

In the school I have only 20 children from 3 until 14 yeras old.  The village is very small, so this 20 children are the total. And they come EVERY day! It is fantastic. I’ve maden three groups, and each group has 1-1,5 hours to learn hungarian. Firstly it was hard, they do not speak in hungarian, and I do not speak in romanian….But now, in november, the passive hungarian vocabulary of the bigger children have come out, so the conservation is much better.

We learn grammar, of course, but I try to teach them with games, so we play a lot. I collect traditional folksongs, ballads, games and than I try to teach back. It is very interesting: I teach the children but actually the village teaches me.

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…and the girls

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During my collection I can make a closer contact with the people mainly with the women. I go with them to make pálinka ( it is a traditional hungarian hard alcohol drink). Or they invite me to cook, and of course to eat dinner 🙂

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OCTOBER II.

After my Bakó-life, I moved out to my village, to Máriafalva (in Romanian Larguta, in English Mary’s Village).

Firstly I was afraid from to be alone in a new country, in a new and unacquainted village, with unknown people.

But there was no other way, I was on the microbus with my package,

When the people saw the white unknown microbus in the viilage,everybody came to the street or took a look behind the fence.

Rhey were very friendly, and they were waiting for me. The couple from whom we rented the house make me fire in the house, they gave me food, and they gave me lots of smile 🙂

They were just speaking 🙂 from everything…Firstly it was hard to understand them, and the Csángó-Hungarian dialect, but now it is not problem to me 🙂

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So, this Csángó village is in a big big hole. Around are just forests. The village is very small. The population is only 250-300 people. It is very hard and difficult to go in the village if it is wintertime or rain. There is no bus or public transport to Máriafalva. You need for a chariot, a horse or a caw, maybe for a car…but the surest if you have legs 😉 The village is nearly 3km from the highway, so by foot it is 1 hour.

So the life in the village is not the easiest, but view and the environment is beautiful.

And here is my house, look 🙂

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… and inside

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OK, maybe it is not the best :)….

In the house are two room. I lived in one of them, and the hungarian school was in the other room.

Firstly I stressed me how can I say to the children they can come to me to learn in hungarian. In an other school after the romanian school. But my rumour went around the village as myself. And on my second day I had 10-15 children 🙂 They were very excited when they saw the lots of toys in the room.

On the first two weeks we mainly played or learnt on the floor because of we had no benches and chairs.

But the children were very happy and it was the most important to me.

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