Blues for a Black& a Tabby Cat

I always felt a tremendous sympathy for black cats. Just imagine how all that bad press gets to you, trying to peacefully cross a road, minding your own convoluted cat business, and some crazy person looks, well, as if they’ve seen a black cat crossing a road, running away, moving backwards, willing you to cross…

This Is Happening- First Report From Sziget Number 25

  Because Work of Great Import to Society energizes us and makes us happy, we went to the island on the Second Moving In Day. Well, the naming of days on Sziget is frankly becoming increasingly occult and convoluted, so perhaps we should stick to calling it Monday. But the important thing is that we…

It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Sziget

I’ve never been an ace at maths (except scoring awfully well at a machine placed test once, which was either a fluke, or a serious reason to doubt the efficiency of AI for the time being), so I always count the number of ’my Szigets’ on my fingers- suffice to say, by now I always…

Belated June Random

I love summer but somehow also feel exhausted by it, by the need to enjoy it while it lasts, which is especially acute in June around the solstice. In English it’s called Midsummer, though technically it’s of course the beginning of summer, but the fact that days start to get shorter after this point always…

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…

Sziget 2014 Diary- Day Minus One

Sziget should be globally considered as the mother of all festivals for the simple reason that it’s so much longer than most. This year the hardcore Sziget dwellers could move in as early as Saturday, and most venues were already fully functional, even if some will start their programme in earnest only on Wednesday. So…

Summer Skies

It’s been a strange summer so far, hot but humid, clouds creeping in suddenly over the city, the sky darkening within minutes and pouring its load of summer rain over unsuspecting Budapesters. Which is definitely unpleasant when you set out in sandals because it’s such a shiny morning and then end up navigating downpours of…

Bits and Bobs of Copenhagen

One can never get tired of Scandinavian windows and fresh berries with everything. Throw in a drunk communist viking as a guide and happiness is complete. Also, it’s THE bridge. I managed to be unfazed by the Eiffel tower but had to hyperventilate over this one, yes I did.    

Scandinavian Summer in the City- The Malmö Edition

When it’s unbearably hot in ‘temperate’ Europe, you can either binge on lemonade and shove yourself in some overcrowded pool, or just fly up north, because it’s so much cooler. And they have tiny cute stuff in their windows. And cinnamon buns.                          …

Postcards from the Top

A pretty view is hard to beat, but the good people of 360bar made sure the rooftop terrace itself doesn’t look half bad either.