Photo Friday: Budapest’s Christmas Market!

There’s nothing like a European Christmas Market to put you into the holiday spirit, and this week Budapest’s famed Christmas Market opened at Vörösmarty tér. Here, nestled under pompoms of lights and the branches of a giant Christmas tree, rows of … Continue reading

Gesztenyepüré (Chestnut Purée)

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack frost nipping at your nose.” The man who penned those song lyrics could very well have been Hungarian. This time of year in Magyarland, noses certainly get nipped, and you’ll see lots of … Continue reading


For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out what in the world to send my friends back in California for Christmas. I wanted to send them something Hungarian. Wine bottles would shatter. Salami would never make it … Continue reading

Beigli! Mmmm!

Swirls. I’m a big fan of them. I like the swirl of park benches and chimney smoke. I’m fond of swirly signatures, too. When I doodle, I make swirlies. But my favorite swirl of all is a Hungarian one. And … Continue reading

Balcony People: Who Are Yours?

I rarely repost a piece, but as Thanksgiving approaches, I thought it appropriate to share this one again. It was a favorite of 2013. To all my Balcony People, I thank you. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving from Budapest. If … Continue reading

Chocolate Mikuláses!

I love Christmas decorations. When I moved to Hungary, I shipped 25 medium-sized boxes from the States. Seven were marked “Christmas.” If I ever move back to California, I’m going to need way more than that to hold all my … Continue reading

Forralt Bor: Mmmmmm!

I thought I knew how to do Christmas: decorate some cookies, write a few cards, sing along with Bing Crosby, hold back tears when nearly all of Bedford Falls packs into Jimmy Stewart’s house at the end of It’s a Wonderful … Continue reading

Hurray! My First YouTube Video about Budapest!

I’m so excited! Today, I just launched my first YouTube video about Budapest. If you knew how non-technical I am, you’d know that this is quite the accomplishment. A giant shout out to my friend Paul Corfield for putting it … Continue reading

Send Szaloncukor!#@!

“What’s this? I asked as I sat down in the staff room my first December in Budapest. In the center of the table rested a bowl of candies twisted in shiny red, blue, green, and gold paper. “Szaloncukor,” my Hungarian … Continue reading

Those Enchanting Thatched Roofs of Hungary

Over the years, I’ve been on a lot of school field trips, but nothing like our recent journey to Skanzen. Skanzen is a living history museum located about 40 miles outside of Budapest. A few weeks ago we took all … Continue reading