Pearly-haired Girl – explaining the Hungarian essence

Hungarians party in tears goes the old saying. And to be perfeçtly honest I forgot about that for a while. Until a Polish friend mentioned in passing that her father had just heard the song on the radio, in Hungarian. He thought it was beautiful, but he didn’t understand the lyrics. The song rang a…

Something of Yours in a Music Video

https://g.co/kgs/DmwsFJ It’s no secret, I’ve always loved Finland. Ever since Mr. Winter read us tales from Kalevala (presented to us as tales of the forest) in second grade, I was hooked. When I read an ad by a Finnish girl in Smash Hits when I was fourteen, I immediately wrote her. I wanted to go…

The Vampire Mania 

For someone who’s not into vampires, I sure read, post and talk a lot about them. From the time I was ten, there was always someone talking about Dracula. Usually a kid my age. But there were a lot of Dracula spoofs, and the legend was somehow always there.  Dracula scared me. I think it…

Don’t You Be My Neighbor (Country)

https://theculturetrip.com/europe/articles/these-hilariously-rude-maps-show-europe-according-to-europeans/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=ad&utm_campaign=06302017rudemaps My mother once spent the better part of the morning on Christmas Eve in a sex shop talking to three elderly men, the owner and two of his friends. Their subject of conversation? The mutual distrust their country and hers have for Russia. One of the four conversationalists (my mother) justified it with, “we…

The Colossus of Rhodes – art steps in where economy fails

An old blog post, edited a little. It would be impossible to discuss megalithic statues and not mention my current favorite (for the record, Genghis Khan in Mongolia is at No.2). Enter the Colossus of Rhodes. In one sentence, it is an idea of pure, simple and utmost genius to bring it to life again….

Finland vs. Hungary – round 1: compassion

  When it comes to the debate of which country to choose – and remember I still haven’t made that commitment – one question that comes up frequently (at least with my Eastern European conversationalists) is, which country is kinder? The idea being, where are people more helpful? I find this impossible to answer if…

The Skagen Painters – Instagramers of the 19th century

The road to Denmark started in a dorm in Hungary when I got a scholarship from the French government for Hungarian summer school. Still with me? Good, because this is typical. Ask me where I’m from or what my first (therefore native) language is, and you get an entire litany instead of a three-word-answer. I’ll…