This site will document both my travels and my teaching while in Budapest as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. The Fulbright mission is to increase inter-cultural understanding and empathy, a mission I find very critical for modern life, and especially for my own work as a teacher in multicultural classrooms.

I titled the site “Siza Robyn” because “szia” is the Hungarian word for both hello and goodbye (informal.) I see my time in Hungary as both of these. It is a a goodbye to Washington, where I have lived, on-and-off, for more than seven years; a goodbye to my friends; a goodbye to pretty much everything that is familiar. But it is also a hello to a new city, a new culture, new students and new learning experiences that I hope will make be both a stronger, better teacher and a more open, understanding individual.

I also chose “szia” because at the time of the site’s creation — 3 weeks before I leave for Hungary — “szia” just so happens to be the only Hungarian word I know.

Disclaimers and Other Legalese:

As per the “media guidance” of the Fulbright Commission, I would like to remind my faithful readers (ha!) that this site is not an official web site of the Fulbright Program, nor is it any official site of the U.S. Department of State, which administers this fine program.  To clarify: I am an individual who won a Fulbright grant, not a representative of the Fulbright Commission or any related government and non-governmental offices therein. (For official information, try the Fulbright Program page on the State Department site)

As such, all the view expressed within these pages are purely my own opinion, and are in no way sanctified or certified by the Fulbright or any U.S. government organization.

While I may also mention both my alma mater, Georgetown University, and my future employer, Northern Virginia Community College, I am also not an spokesperson for either of these institutions. I am just an individual who is lucky enough to be associated with both of these wonderful schools, not an official representative of either.

As such, all the views (and ramblings) expressed herein are entirely my own humble, subjective opinion and are thus not endorsed, supported or otherwise approved by either of these higher education institutions.

Finally, I am in no way an employee of the U.S. Department of State (even if I carry an State Department health insurance card).  As such, if you should find yourself in some form of legal or diplomatic trouble while in Hungary — such as, say, being jailed for breaking into the Parliament and sneak-attacking Hungarian P.M. Ferenc Gyurcsány with a bedazzler in order to add a little fabulosity to his wardrobe — I cannot help you nor offer any legal advice (as much as I do love a good bedazzler sneak-attack).


2 Responses to “About This Blog”

  1. Larry McReynolds Says:

    Hey Robyn, you are so missed here, but it sounds as though there is a whole lot of learnin’ going on.

    I’m glad you and Gorky hooked up.

    I’m trying to keep up with your site just for the writing and the humor.

  2. I just want to let you know that I was thinking of you. Only good thoughts of course because of how happy you always made me feel.

    I hope you have great success always.

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