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Stories from travels in

February 2016

The Chairs that sit in Plac Bohaterów Getta Square

My grandfather had a chair by the fire that no one else sat in. My dad has one, too. I have my corner of the

Chewing the cholent

It was a flying visit. I didn’t have much time. In Wednesday evening, work Thursday, fly out Friday morning. I wasn’t there to sightsee but

There are no ugly women; just lazy ones

Helena Rubenstein, the world’s first self-made female millionaire, was born in Kraków, Poland, in 1872. She emigrated to Australia in 1902. With no money and little English,

2016 Grateful 45

Two months in to the year and I’ve managed to get to Morocco, Ireland, Malta, Serbia, and Poland.  I head Stateside later this week, and plan

When the border beckons

One of the best things about living in Hungary is that it’s within easy access of fascinating destinations that make exploring the wider neighbourhood very

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‘Ouch’, she cried. ‘What’s happened?’, I asked the group in general, as a rather large hairy man was blocking my view. ‘He’s just dropped his

Marry me!

I have a Hungarian friend who’s a genius in the kitchen. He’s a natural. He instinctively knows what a dish needs to rescue it, to

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