Archive for June, 2014

June 30, 2014

the place where Hungary meets Slovakia

by ada

The river Danube forms a 143 km long natural border between Hungary and Slovakia. There are three bridges where pedestrians can cross over the Danube and pass the border: the Erzsébet bridge between Komárom (HU) and Komárno (SK), a (noname) bridge between Vámosszabadi (HU) and Medve (SK) and the Mária Valéria bridge between Esztergom (HU) and Párkány/Štúrovo (SK).

The Mária Valéria bridge was built in 1894-95, and was blown up two times: in 1919 by the Czechoslovakian army and in 1944 by the fleeing German troops. It wasn’t reconstructed again until 2001.

I started out in beautiful Esztergom, which is one of the oldest Hungarian cities. Its history goes back to Celtic times, and it’s also the birthplace of the first Hungarian king, István.

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I walked over the bridge…

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… while admiring the architecture…

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…and some picturesque shadow patterns.

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The basilica of Esztergom is beautiful…

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…and so is the Danube.

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I arrived in Štúrovo (or as it was originally called for some hundred years before Socialist times, Párkány).

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Slovakian people are ready to give you some ancient life advice.

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I passed the harbour (shall we call this tiny dock harbour?) and looked back at Mária Valéria bridge…

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…and over the Danube. Hi Hungary!

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I spent a (sunny and hot) afternoon at Vadaš termal bath where I ate lángos and drank kofola


… and walked over the bridge again. Goodbye Slovakia, until next time.

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June 29, 2014

for the nights are short in June

by ada

For the very busy June I had, I consider four books as an extraordinary accomplishment. Let’s talk about them, because that’s something I’ve never done on this blog before.*

Ambrose Bierce: Lügengeschichten – a collection of short stories. I’ve read Bierce before but his seaman stories were new to me. I liked them.

William Paul Young: Die Hütte (The Shack) – Okaaay… So this book is the reason I’m actually writing this entry. It was recommended to me by a German female protestant prison pastor, five years ago***, in Taizé. I was armed prepared to like it. I wanted to like it. I really did. But I can’t help myself. I so hated this book I can’t even express my feelings about it properly. Because this book is just so. bad. Cheesy theology. Bad writing. Too much unnecessary emotions. Clichés with clichés all over the place. I mean, God as a big, good-natured black woman that sings religious songs? Jesus as a – surprise! – Jew with a – surprise!! – big nose? Is it just me or does this really hurt? Anyway. It is a bad, bad book and/or I’m a bad, bad person. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.

Arthur Schnitzler: Casanova hazatér (Casanova’s return to Venice) – I have a heart for everything (everybody) miserable, for broken things and for people who failed at life. Poor old Casanova, he was such a rat.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: Amado mio/Tisztátalan cselekedetek (Amado mio/Atti impuri) – The biggest part of this book I read while waiting at the dental emergency clinic, between 10 pm and 1 am. It definitely did not make those stressful hours of waiting for the inevitable pain any sweeter. Maybe I’m incorrectly influenced by the fact that I’ve never been a teenage boy with homoerotic feelings towards other, preteen boys, but I found the paedophilic aspects of this book deeply disturbing.

* I once had a literary blog to keep track of my readings (remember, those were times when I read 150 books a year. Now I’m proud if I get to 30). It had exactly two and a half followers and went down together with my Hungarian blog provider two years ago**

** never trust a Hungarian blog provider. Never trust anything Hungarian. Our biggest pride is still in our endless suffering about things that happened a thousand years ago

*** yes, that’s really the speed I’m accomplishing things with. I need five years to get to a book. You don’t want to know how late I’m with movies. Clue: I still haven’t seen Harry Potter 2 yet.

June readings

June 20, 2014

Budapest – Judafest 2014

by ada

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June 19, 2014

the woods are lovely, dark and deep

by ada

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June 18, 2014

Budapest – Libegő

by ada

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June 17, 2014

Budapest – route D12: from Erzsébet híd to Margitsziget

by ada

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June 16, 2014

Budapest – route D12, from Petőfi híd to Erzsébet híd

by ada

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June 13, 2014

Budapest – route D12: trailer

by ada

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June 12, 2014

M&M&The Cat

by ada

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(PS.: You’re welcome for my unsolicited fashion advice on how to rock the gorgeous summer skin of a dead jellyfish Snow White. In pajamas, with cat accessories.)

June 12, 2014

some say love’s a little boy

by ada

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June 12, 2014

a slash of blue

by ada

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June 8, 2014


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June 5, 2014

Budapest – Orczy-kert

by ada

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June 4, 2014

Budapest – Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum (Hungarian Natural History Museum): the dinos

by ada

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June 3, 2014

Budapest – Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum (Hungarian Natural History Museum)

by ada

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June 2, 2014

Budapest – Bálna (The Whale)

by ada

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