…and Hungary

We live in Budapest and it is a city we choose to live in, at least for the time being. It is a beautiful city, often rated one of the most beautiful in the world for it’s wonderful eclectic architecture. Many interesting sites, shops museums, bars and restaurants and a long, often troubled history. Like all cities, it has it’s problems and detractors, but for us it is home and we love it. That is why you will find an inordinate number of articles about Budapest here. Many, we hope, will be useful to visitors, but many are just about life in the city, and those of people we meet.

Likewise the rest of the country. There is a lot here about Hungary. If you plan to visit Budapest (as you should) don’t ignore the rest of the country. There are some hidden gems, fantastic food and wine, and wonderful festivals. Here are all the posts about our home.

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Currency exchange

Before we travel, we check weather forecasts. We check places to eat. We check museums,  galleries, churches, places of interest. We shop around for places to stay. We research flights and itineraries. We check visa requirements. And, for more…
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Hidden in the trees in Zalavár

Back on New Year's day, we made an attempt to check out the ruins of an old church on the outskirts of the village of Zalavár, not far from the site of an old Benedictine Abbey. But the fields were wet and we hadn't brought the wellies. Last…
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Staying local at Kányavári sziget

We dream of islands in the sun. Exotic places where we can get away from it all. We spend hundreds if not thousands of whatevers getting there and then come home full of the experience. Too often, we forget that just down the road there might…
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Hitting the spot

Where has the summer gone? Is it my imagination or is time flying by ever so quickly, much quicker than years ago when it seemed as if we’d all the time in the world to do whatever it was we had to do. Perhaps it’s a side-effect of the aging…
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Doing St Patrick proud

What started off in March 2006 as a bunch of people with a shared affinity for Ireland and being Irish getting together for dinner has morphed into a three-day event. St Patrick’s Day this year falls conveniently on a Friday. Those living…
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1%

Paying tax is a duty, an obligation. Taxes pay for our medical care, our education, our roads, the infrastructure on which society is built. Even so, few of us pay them with a smile, confident that our money will be put to good use. But taxes,…
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Selflessness in action

The village of Tarnabod sits 113 km east of Budapest. A shadow of its former self, today success and plenty are but a memory. Like other villages in rural Hungary, things are bad in Tarnabod. Jobs are scarce, resources few. And, for many villagers,…

2017 Grateful 49

While out on Friday night, a Hungarian friend mentioned that the Monk of the Gulag had died earlier this week (January 15th), aged 100. As I'd never heard of him, I asked her to tell me some more. He was born Károly (Charles) Olofsson on…
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The proof is in the passion

For me, wine falls in to the same category as music and art:  I know what I like and what I don’t like. I have friends who delight in wine, who have made it their business to educate themselves about the various grapes and vintages. They…