A Day in Kalemegdan

The best way to become familiar with a city is through a baptism of fire. Being left alone, to your own devices, meagre as they are, just you and the city, and the ultimate goal is to find your way. With Budapest, it’s Blaha Lujza square, the square I could not figure out for the…

The Final Stretch of Autumn

In the past few years, the last days of November have become somewhat of an obstacle race through Budapest: I simply won’t have premature festive cheer shoved down my throat and that’s my final word on it. A pleasant walk through Vörösmarty square? Think again, or you might just land in a pot of scalding…

Bridge over Untroubled Waters

Complaining about the Hungarian railway company is a hobby I like to indulge in every now and then, well, basically almost each time I happen to board one of their trains, which is pretty often. The list of their vile endeavours, from trains going suspiciously missing in the countryside to double selling tickets and half…

Liberty Bridge Meets the Sunset

    Liberty Bridge is by all means the best positioned in Budapest for ridiculously perfect sunset pictures, with a bit of help from Gellért Hill. The other presentable bridges have the sunset view blocked by the Buda hills, whereas Petőfi and Lágymánosi (yes, I know, this one has a ridiculous new name I will…

Transition Random- from Summer to Autumn

One day I will probably make peace with the fact that I always run out of schedule with the monthly randoms, but until then I can pretend that at least this time I actually meant the stuff to run over two months, and therefore cover the transition from summer to autumn and such. No, of…

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…

The Unsuspected Isle-Corfu

The plumbing is still somewhat eccentric, Zeus occasionally gets upset and sends in a storm, even the cheapest wines are alright, feta tastes like feta and olives taste like olives and you realize how extraordinary that actually is, by some miracle people generally survive giant buses maneuvering on really narrow streets, Turkish coffee is transfixed…

City of Liquid Gold

Whoever came up with the catchphrase Paris is always a good idea was obviously not into beer, alchemy and the absurd. Which, to be frank, are three pivotal elements of existence, especially when they come together. And they most inevitably do in Prague. So yes, Paris is usually a good idea, but every now and…