Fickle Snow- A Morning in Városliget

Not only does snow have a smell, but it also has a very particular way of filtering light as it sneaks into the apartment on winter mornings. In all honestly, calling it light might be an overstatement, it is more a state of darkness that is incomplete, an undecided darkness, a confused darkness, a darkness…

Summer’s End in Városliget

The other day it dawned on me that the Budapest exploration project faded a little into the background with the advent of summer. It’s the season I enjoy the most, but also the one I find borderline tiring in its relentless excitement: the travels, the long days when you feel compelled to stay out with…

Late Autumn Philosophies

A long long time ago (well this is a rather disturbing way to start a sentence, since it kind of implies I am ancient, which, related to the overall age of the universe and such is of course utter nonsense), but, nevertheless, a long long time ago I read one or two novels by Paulo…

Fog Moves in Mysterious Ways

I like to take proverbs (and mostly anything) with a pinch of salt, but it’s dawned on me recently that I quite agree with the Romanian one stating that you know a good day by its morning. Which in my case, in utter conflict with everything my younger self believed in, is an early morning….

Sunny September Random

Since I have an innate gift for the inessential, here it goes: I don’t tan well. I try to console myself with the thought of some possible Celtic or Germanic ancestry, but the thing is, I usually go through the cottage cheese turns roast chicken then peels back into cottage cheese cycle. And nothing in…

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…

Burgers and Dogs in Városliget

Pántlika is a temporary old school summer wonder nicely tucked away in a not very busy corner of Városliget, offering a wide array of magnificent burgers. And it seems to be an efficient dog magnet too.