I really enjoyed the “Unravelling” photo-journalling programme, with Susannah Conway, that I started at the beginning of January. But it came to an end on 28th February, and I was feeling at a loose end.

So on 1st March, I signed up for John Williams’ “Screw Work Let’s Play” 30 Day Challenge. John and Selina run these programmes a couple of times a year – but this is the first time I’ve joined in – along with around 200 other Scanners.

It was a last-minute decision, and I had to come up with a Play Project fairly quickly. My first thought was to start a photo blog. I’ve been taking photographs of the River Thames over the past 8-9 years, from Kingston to central London, and I thought I would use them as a metaphor for my own creative journey.

So I started the Let The River Run blog.

But, although I was enjoying it, I didn’t feel it was stretching me – apart from the initial panic at displaying my photographs. I realised I needed a project with more “meat”, so to speak (apologies to any vegetarians – is there a veggie equivalent for that expression?).

Then I had an idea.

I had been talking about learning Hungarian since December, when I found out about The Polyglot Conference, which will take place in Budapest in May 2013. I’m keen to go to the conference, and I thought it would be nice if I could at least say a few words in Hungarian before I went.

But there was a part of me that was thinking: what’s the point of learning Hungarian, until I know for certain that I’ll be going to the conference – and, at the time of writing, there’s an element of doubt. I don’t have any definite plans (yet).

Then I thought: what the heck?! Why don’t I act as if it’s a done deal, that I’m going to Budapest in May, and that I want to be able to say as much in Hungarian as possible, before I go? That way, I’ll be setting an intention – and I can be open to opportunities for making this trip happen.

So I’ve started another blog – The Budapest Connection – in which I shall be sharing my attempts at learning Hungarian, said to be one of the most difficult languages on the planet. I shall also be doing some research about Budapest, and Hungary in general, and posting my findings.

The style of the blog will be more humorous than you might be used to reading here, which will make it fun to write – and hopefully fun to read. I would love to have you join me on that journey! 🙂

2 thoughts on “30 Day Challenge – Why I’m Learning Hungarian

  1. Goodness Julia, there’s no stopping you! That conference sounds perfect for you- I hope taking this step does create a path for you to get there. Good luck!
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  2. Julia Barnickle

    Thanks Hannah! I’ll keep you updated, and I’ll send you a postcard from Budapest when I get there!

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