It’s time for a rant! Not a serious rant, but more of an “Oh come on, there has to be a way to fix this” rant. But I would sure appreciate if anyone could help me understand the cause of this situation, or give me advice.
- We sent Aubrey a card on October 5th and she received it, in Montana, on October 12th. (7 days)
- Other teachers in our program tell me that their U.S.-bound mail typically arrives in 7-9 days.
- We sent lots of postcards and lots of Christmas cards to friends and family….then waited to hear a response…
- Then we waited some more…
- I believe the words, “Hmmm….I wonder if our mail made it to the U.S. yet…it’s been weeks,” came out of my mouth once or twice.
- Some of the postcards arrived in the U.S. after a 60-70 day journey.
- The Christmas cards all seem to have arrived after a 50 day journey.
- I paid almost twice the price to send the Christmas cards “elsőbbségi” (priority) so that # 6 wouldn’t happen.
I still don’t know whether everyone has received our postcards (90 days ago) and Christmas cards (56 days ago). I don’t say that to make anyone feel bad…I wasn’t expecting you to let me know when it arrived. I am just making a point.
This week I did some research and discovered that while our co-teachers in eastern Hungary still claim their mail takes 7-9 days, others in Kaposvár have had a similar experience to us. My school sent our overseas teacher (now in Oregon) a Christmas card and it took about 30 days. And some students sent mail to someone in Colorado, and that took about 30 days.
You don’t have to be a math expert to realize that 30 is much better than 56 or 90. But even 30 days is unacceptable! I wonder what’s going on. Does Kaposvár mail get sent to the U.S. by way of Antarctica? Or maybe Russia? Or maybe Russia, then Antarctica? …. Really, I have no clue.
Perhaps there is no cause to this situation. Maybe it just is how it is and I should deal with it. Or, maybe they accidentally left it in a bin in the sorting room and forgot about it for weeks. In any case, I have no confidence in the local mail system anymore. The next time you get mail from me, it will likely be postmarked “Budapest” instead of ” Kaposvár.” I will take it there myself.
Side note: A monster storm is making its way into Hungary at the moment. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look up “eastern Europe cold weather” on any news website. I don’t know how this will compare to the monster storm Olympia Washington received a couple weeks ago, but I don’t think it will be as crippling to the city. And I’m sure my next post will have some photos of winter! Have a great weekend!
GO [insert your favorite Super Bowl team here] !