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Lángos, langalló or pompos

Lángos is often touted as the Hungarian pizza. But it’s deep fried or shallow fried. It doesn’t come out of an oven. Is its pizza-ness

Grateful 16

I wasn’t reading. I was standing. There were no seats available on the tram. And as I’ve not yet mastered the art of simultaneously reading,

Grateful 18

In Eger this weekend, I was struck by how many of us walk with our heads down, looking at the pavement. Or with eyes front,

Grateful 21

I had a birthday last week. Another one. They seem to come around with increasing regularity. But as I’m firmly stuck on 36, they’ve long

Noticing the unnoticed

It was shortly after midnight. I was standing on a street corner near Fisherman’s Wharf waiting for a cab. Up the road, one stood waiting

The Hungarian Jägermeister

I brought a bottle of Unicum with me on my trip to San Francisco. I knew my mate PW was an inveterate Jägermeister head and figured

Grateful 26

Week 26. Half-way through the year. It’s hotter than hades here in Budapest and I’m finding very little to be grateful for this week. The

Grateful 42

It’s been a long week and so many things happened to be grateful for. The success of the Gift of the Gab  and the money

The cheapest legal high you can get

Way back in 2000, I graduated from Valdez Community College, affiliated to the University of Alaska. I was asked to give the graduation speech and

Why I love living in Budapest No. 3

I started my countdown of the top ten reasons why I love living in Budapest back in 2010 and never made it quite past No.

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