On Where/Who You Are

Once upon a time, in the good ol’ pre-pandemic times, I took the train to Edinburgh. My snack supplies were coming to their end, beautiful scenery was emerging, and an exciting long weekend was ahead. It was a long-awaited family weekend that not even a potentially terrible weather could stop. How terrible was the weather … Continue reading On Where/Who You Are

It’s OK to Ease into Non-Adventures, Sometimes

On my way to work, I have to move my body in weird ways (that can also be observed – from far away, to be safe – on the dance floor sometimes) to avoid a swarm of school kids on their tiny scooters. Like in an uncoordinated aerobics workout, I have to jump to one … Continue reading It’s OK to Ease into Non-Adventures, Sometimes

Reject the Choices, Create the Narrative

Don’t spend your energy on choosing between A and B. Spend it on rejecting this dichotomy. When asked what I like most about Budapest, I would  answer in a rather vague yet honest way: there’s no certain way how the city is pushing you to be. You don’t have to be a writer, a yoga … Continue reading Reject the Choices, Create the Narrative

On a Strange(ly Beautiful) Memory Disorder

I was brushing my teeth the other day and, suddenly, I was on a rooftop in India, sharing some heavily overpriced beers with my new travel companions. Fireworks went off, we all looked at each other rather confused, and then realised it was probably because the cricket match between India and Pakistan had just ended. … Continue reading On a Strange(ly Beautiful) Memory Disorder

Time to Have a Talk on Travel Talk

I remember being stuck on a bus (and then continuing being stuck on a metro) with some students from my university in Budapest several years ago, at some point just honestly asking them, “Can we pleeeeeease talk about something else than our classes? For example, I don’t know how about you, but I am personally … Continue reading Time to Have a Talk on Travel Talk

The normality and commonness of a quarter-life crisis

I think, by accident, I might forever associate this post with Michael Jackson. You see, I started writing it at an airport in Frankfurt, where, inadequately dressed, I was sort of on my way home from Salvador. I was at a coffee shop that, for some reason, played Jackson’s hits for hours, and, since to … Continue reading The normality and commonness of a quarter-life crisis

Attention, Detention

“I know why she’s here: she has a dangerous amount of shoes in her suitcase” – a man pointed to a young girl, probably his relative, resulting in laughs – or smiles at least – in the waiting hall in Ben Gurion airport. That waiting hall, interestingly, was not the one you get into after … Continue reading Attention, Detention

A Great Leap to the East (OK, it’s not that great, not that much to the East either)

I’m glad I’ve been procrastinating and brewing some ideas for this entry, since I’ve read a great article (http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/what-happens-when-you-live-abroad/) recently which caused a lot of self-analysis and reflections. It’s a really interesting phenomenon: this piece is well written, it presents beautiful ideas, and I think for some people reading it can be a truly transformational experience. … Continue reading A Great Leap to the East (OK, it’s not that great, not that much to the East either)