It’s a Jungle Book Out There

It’s a Jungle Book Out There

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite movies was The Jungle Book. Honestly, I couldn’t, and still to this day can’t, tell you what it’s about. So why was it my favorite? Two reasons; the mall where we shopped when I was a kid had a statue of...
A Serious Day and a Cabaret

A Serious Day and a Cabaret

Today I head over to the House of Terror Museum, which, if this were October, would sound like one of those Halloween haunted houses, but this is a museum which has one has been in operation year-round since 2002. It explores the two terror regimes which controlled...
The Strong Hand of the Law and the Church

The Strong Hand of the Law and the Church

It’s another beautiful day today, so different than the everyday, winter-gloom that I experienced in Germany. But, just as I visited the head of government in Germany, the Reichstag (Parliament building), today I’ll visit the Parliament building here in...
The Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter

Today I head out to explore my neighborhood. The apartment I’m renting is about two blocks from the Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe, and the second largest in the world (Temple Emmanuel in New York is the largest). While I stopped by the...
The Great Escape

The Great Escape

When I last left you, Emily and I were going to play an “Escape Game.” After an hour of searching, we finally locate Exit, the Escape Room (we weren’t that far; how will we ever find our way out of the escape room?). E-Exit has two themed escape...
Lost in a Tacky Tunnel

Lost in a Tacky Tunnel

I’m up today with a few changes. First, I’m happy to be alive. Okay, that’s not a huge change as I’ve been fairly satisfied with life lately (though a bit scared). But after the terrible flu I came down with the other night, happy to be...
Bath Time

Bath Time

This morning I catch a bus to Buda and check out the other side of the Danube as I’m thinking about renting a short-term apartment there. Everyone has told me it’s a good deal, especially as Buda is the ritzy side. I’ve taken the subway but not the bus yet so the...
I Think I Love You

I Think I Love You

Today I wake up with no plan but to wander. That’s the thing about Budapest, this place was made to wander and discover. I need to get my bearings and therefore explore different directions. I walk out the door and to the left as I know if I turn right, within a few...
Ruins Are in the Eye of the Beholder

Ruins Are in the Eye of the Beholder

This morning I spend some quality time working. I know what you’re thinking, “Don’t you just go where we tell you, drink every country’s version of mulled wine and get lost a lot?” Well, yes, but there’s a bit more to it than that,...
Frozen Ice Balls on a Sunny Day

Frozen Ice Balls on a Sunny Day

At 7:00am, I wake up alone. Used in any other sense, this could be sad, but here, it’s a great thing. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the dream is alive – a couchette for one! A few minutes later, there’s a knock on the door. It’s my boyfriend, Impad, bringing me coffee...