Archive for May, 2014

May 30, 2014

the month of May was come

by ada

Oh, well. I totally saw this coming: the month without books. I dutifully read my two sentences every morning at 5.50 am, before closing my eyes in the hope of gaining 20 more minutes before having to get off the bus and face my job the world outside but my heroic efforts clearly weren’t enough. Next time. Or not. Whatever.

Here are some May photos instead of my usual unimaginative documentation of book titles. Because looking at poppies feels good.

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May 28, 2014

Budapest – Újpesti Lepkemúzeum (Butterfly Museum)

by ada

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May 25, 2014

Budapest – Terror Háza (House of Terror)

by ada

Terror Háza is a museum dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Arrow Cross Party (the Hungarian Nazi party before and during WWII) and of the Communist/Socialist regime. It’s situated in the building that was functioning as the headquarters of the secret police, where the interrogations and murders took place.

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May 24, 2014

spring was like a call to me that I could not answer

by ada

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yellow flower


May 23, 2014

a day in Wien

by ada


Pizza Bizi 2

Pizza Bizi


May 22, 2014

Budapest – Holnemvolt Park, part 2

by ada

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May 21, 2014

Budapest – Holnemvolt Park, part 1

by ada

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May 19, 2014

seventeen moments of spring – part 3

by ada

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dancing lemur

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May 17, 2014

how to be a lemur – on dancing

by ada

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May 16, 2014

how to be a lemur – on socializing

by ada

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gazing lemur

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flying lemur 2

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two lemurs

May 15, 2014

Veszprém – Zoo

by ada

I had my finger bitten by a pine marten at this very zoo more than thirty years ago. How time flies.


cute animal gets sunbath

desert foxes

baby giraffe


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May 14, 2014

Veszprém – Benedek-hegy

by ada

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May 13, 2014

Veszprém – Tűztorony (Fire Watchtower)

by ada

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Auer Lipót

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May 12, 2014


by ada

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Veszprém church 2

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May 11, 2014


by ada

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May 9, 2014

Budapest – Nemzeti Sírkert (National Graveyard), part 2

by ada

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May 9, 2014

Budapest – Nemzeti Sírkert (National Graveyard), part 1

by ada

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May 7, 2014

for you don’t count the dead when God’s on your side

by ada

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May 6, 2014

Hall of Fame (Hungarian edition)

by ada



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Deák 1

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May 5, 2014

Tata – inside Esterházy palace

by ada

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Tata flowers

Tata palace

Tata Esterházy palace

Esterházy flowers

Tata bathroom

Tata stairs

Tata Esterházy dach

Tata Esterházy fireplace

bathroom 1

Esterházy bathroom

bathroom curtains

Esterházy table



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Esterházy lamp

Esterházy chairs

May 2, 2014

Tata – Esterházy Palace

by ada

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Tata szobor

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Tata lemon tree

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Tata view

May 1, 2014

Tata – Angolkert (English Garden)

by ada

The English garden in Tata was constructed in 1783 and was intended to be a palace park for the Esterházy family. Unfortunately, their residence itself lies two lakes further on the other side of the town, so this garden was somewhat out of reach. This fact caused some discomfort which was solved in the typical Hungarian way of generous extravagance: instead of setting up a park near the palace, they had a new summer residence built in the far away park. English gardens were considered to be modern and fashionable right back then, and since we had the deep desire to keep up with European standards (which desire we’ve already given up since then), it was clear it must be an English garden with all its accessories. So what do you need for a well-equipped English garden?

  1. Plants. And high trees. Plenty of them. Check.
  2. Some water, preferably a lake and/or fountains. Check. Both. Unfortunately, the fountains do not work anymore, but honestly, what is still working in Hungary? You see.
  3. Cute bridges over said water. Check.
  4. Ducks. Check.
  5. A greenhouse with exotic plants. Check.
  6. Some ruins. If you do not have any ruins, don’t give up. You can build your own. From parts of original ruins situated somewhere else. The result will be somewhat eclectic in style but very romantic. So, ruins, check.
  7. The same with caves. If you don’t have them, build them. Check.
  8. Religious place where you can worship God(s)/Mother Nature/Goddess Diana. Or in this case, Allah. Hungary was part of the Ottoman Empire for more than 150 years and those years didn’t pass without a trace. We got used to the Turks and their exotic ways (and their coffee. Definitely their coffee). We got mixed with them. They took our women for their harems and our children for their army. They grew to love us and, according to my Turkish friends, they still do love us. It’s an unrequited love though, because we Hungarians never ever value anybody else but ourselves. That’s what makes us the sympathetic and friendly people we are. Haha. But we still want to show that we are a hospitable nation and that Turks are always welcomed at their former residence country. That’s why we built a mosque. But it’s also important to show that they are supposed to stay only for short periods. Definitely not for another 150 years. And only in manageable amounts. That’s why we built said mosque so small that only five people fit in it if their rugs are spread on the floor. And that’s also why we keep this mosque closed all the time so that even those five people can’t have access to it. I’ve told you that we are a nice, hospitable nation.

Anyway, the English garden is beautiful even without an insight into Hungarian history.

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May 1, 2014

you know how it is with an April day

by ada

Well, you sure know. They are short. Especially when they consist of 12 hours of work and 2 hours of public transportation. I do my best to use those commuting hours for literary purposes but I’m just an ordinary human being without any superpowers. My brain does not perform on a very high level at 5.45 am.

Starting the day at 5 am is definitely not the same as starting it at 6 am. This one short hour makes all the difference. I am now miserable 90% of the time and only daydreaming about quitting my job gives me any pleasure.* Sleep withdrawal is a very powerful tool of torture.

* I have this bad habit of quitting jobs very quickly if they make me feel unhappy**

** since I feel unhappy all the time, regardless of what’s going on in my life, it actually does not matter the least bit wether I quit my job or not. I guess the only solution would be to quit life itself. Fortunately (unfortunately?!) I have never been suicidal, not even during my worst times. I’m actually horribly afraid of dying. I guess it’s just a natural side effect of my job; eight years of watching people die, then dumping their bodies in plastic bags*** did not really help to manage my intrinsic depression but it really made me worship life regardless of its quality.

*** the daily chores of a nurse. Just in case you wanted to know what I’m actually doing during those 12 hours. An emotionally rewarding job, isn’t it?****

**** sorry for being sarcastic. I’m just not the crying kind.

Well. At least April was full of contained traces of Paasilinna whom I love deeply so I guess I’d better stop whining.

april books

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