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Stories from travels in

Hungary

Sculptures along The Road of Woes at the Bridge at Andau

The stuff nightmares are made of: The road of woes

WTF?!*  Had I been doing anything more than a sedate 25 mph on this relatively remote stretch of a very minor Austrian road, I might

Water into wine

Am sure that wine puritans come out in a rash at the thoughts of adding water to wine, but in Hungary, it’s almost de riguer

Forgive? Forget?

Sometimes when we least expect it, the universe conspires to remind us of stuff that should never be forgotten. I can see the merits of

The signs are there

A day off for me is one on which I don’t have to make any decisions. Tell me where to go, what to do, when

2014 Grateful 32

As life-long fans of QPR bask in the aftermath of their Championship win yesterday and their team’s promotion to the Premier League, Réal Madrid fans

A hairy-man sandwich

Being caught in the embrace of two hairy men, their arms wrapped tightly around me as they shook me up and down all the while

A day of remembrance

All Saints’ Day is one of my favourite days on the Budapest calendar. To see policemen on traffic duty inside the grounds of the city’s

Where has all the wine gone?

Awash with wine as we are in Hungary, it’s nigh on impossible to imagine that globally, we could be in crisis. If anything, I’m noticing

Something about Szeged

In Szeged last weekend for Porgy and Bess, I was followed by a feeling of disquiet the whole time I was there. It was as

It ain’t necessarily so

How I had lived this long and not seen Porgy and Bess is beyond me. Summertime is one of my favourite songs but I had

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