Silence and Neon Lights

If I had any serious literary talent I’d probably be able to write a short novel about what it feels like to return to my home town, luckily for you though, I do not, so this little piece is the closest I’ll get to articulating what it’s like to be back on home turf after…

The Monument of Time Unknown

In spite of the Arctic weather, tempers have been flaring these past days and weeks in Budapest over the thorny matter of the 2024 Olympics. Budapest is still in contention and giant billboards have sprung up all over the city promoting the possible event, which is seen by some as an opportunity to highlight the…

Vienna Beyond Christmas

I have already entertained people with the ‘arrival in Hauptbahnhof’ drama this summer, but there is no escape from it yet, for this was the first time it was actually inflicted on me. Objectively though there’s nothing wrong with disembarking in Vienna’s shiny new central station: metro line 1 takes you to the very centre…

Home for the Holidays

  It’s quite fashionable to moan about the white Christmases of yore and how they don’t happen anymore, but I honestly can’t recall any. It’s not just that I cannot remember a snow-apocalypse type Christmas, I simply can’t say if there was snow, ever. This is probably partly due to the fact that I was…

Houses We Built

Anyone can take pictures these days, you don’t even need to subject yourself to the hassle of carrying a camera around: your phone is smarter than you and always readily available to fire away.   The problem is that, in the meantime, we have kind of forgotten how to actually look at things. And see…

Tales from the Seventh Month

  Since July is the seventh month, here’s seven things I learned (well not, not really, I never learn) this month.   1) No matter what I do, I always get delayed with the monthly random, because I am doing random stuff instead. Maybe it will work better in winter, when instead of randomly freezing…

June Random #1

June should be about getting used to summer, but this year it arrived in Budapest insisting very much that  it’s all about scorching, hot summer, giant icy lemonades and cocktails, people lounging in the shade and windows open to all the noises of the night. I always felt there is a change in the texture…

May Random #1

The plan was, as always, to post the shots nicely in order as they happened, but then this project, as many others, somehow went up in smoke. So there goes May, with various flowers, books, coffees (yes, I’m predictable like that), lots of architecture porn (time to discover the nooks and crannies of Budapest I…

April Random #1

There’s no more connecting these shots than the fact that they were taken in Budapest, in April (though I have a slight suspicion the first might be from March).April is that time of year when you can’t trust the temperature much, so some were taken with my fingers frozen to the camera, and some in…