Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hungarian Statue of Liberty

Szabadsag Szobor

I got to cross another item off of my Budapest to-do list in December. One Sunday I finally decided to walk up to the Freedom Statue in Buda on Gellert Hill. It was an intensive walk up but the view was definitely worth it. There was a bit of fog which gave the city a different feel and view. There were lots of tourists there so I was quick to descend back down because I hate the crowd.

Beautiful view, eh?


Friday, December 26, 2014

2014.12.06 - Baking with Ana

Baking with Ana

In preparation for the Christmas party with the classmates, Ana and I got together to bake a pie and some Christmas cookies. The pie was Ana's recipe. It hardly contains any sugar with lots of apples and plums inside. The crust is very light. The Christmas's cookies were Toldi's mother's recipe. They had chocolate and orange in them. We had just previously been to Ikea and Ana had bought lovely cookie-cutters. We cut our cookies into moose, squirrel, fox, cub, snail, and hedgehog shapes.
Pie I
Pie II
Finished product I 
Finished product II
Cookie cutters
Ana in her penguin outfit

How do the cookies look?
Do you want some?


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014.12.24 - Merry Christmas

Christmas in Europe

Merry Christmas to everyone all around and especially to those who in some way have touched and come into my life.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014.12.06 - Children's Christmas Party

Children's Christmas Party

There was a little get together for the children of my work colleagues. I volunteered to be the elf to help Santa Claus/ Mikulas hand out the gifts. I even had my face painted. My boss's wife made a lovely cake. She is very talented. My boss performed magic tricks for the children. It was a very nice day.

What do you think?
Would I make a good elf?


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lovely Couple

Lovely Couple

Some of my favourite people in Budapest include a lovely couple named Miles and Ana. Miles and I met first because we were classmates and then I got to know Ana as well. Since being back in Budapest, we have gotten to hang out a bunch of times, which has been lovely. They always have amazing desserts at their house and very good coffee. Ana is an excellent hostess and amazing chef. 
I am very fortunate to be able to call them my friends.


Sunday, December 14, 2014



As known, Budapest is home to numerous 'ruin pubs'. These are my favourite places to go out. (In an ideal world, I would like to go to each of them before my time in Budapest is up. I realistically do not think that it is possible, but I can try to get as many done and then leave some for next time. I have already been to about one third of the list.) I recently discovered a new one called Eleszto. It is actually a micro brewery where there are numerous different types of beer to try. They even had a chestnut flavoured one, which I did not yet try....but I will. I went with my aunt because she was here visiting me for the weekend. We both asked for more bitter tasting beers and were recommended two by the bartender. Her's was called Bunny Hop which was made in the 'American' style that was very fresh tasting with amarilla. It was a half-bitter, light beer. Mine was called Bitterfly which was in the 'Belgian' style. It was half brown and very bitter. I loved it. We both got our first and were both very satisfied with our selection that we decided to keep going with our original choices.
Kind of reminds you of something not so pleasant, no? Minus the acorns of course.
It has an indoor and an outdoor area.

Have you been to Eleszto? 
What are your experiences there?


Wednesday, December 3, 2014



To an English speaker this sounds very funny but it actually stands for Budapest Bicikli, Budapest Bicycle. This is also something new that changed since the time that I was here. From my perspective this system is still the best in Lyon, where there are so many stations around. Here in Budapest, they are quite dispersed. 




Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Random Favourites

Innovative places to lock your bike by Toldi
Outside the Vigszinhaz
In front of the national tobacco shop there is always this lovely car! :)
A nice cafe I went to at Battyanyi Ter

Have a lovely week,