There´s just something about public transportation. Always with the waiting! The existence of people in cities depend on it, but it somehow seems to always just manage, never to really give you that feeling of a better than expected servive. Even the bus stops are rather similar all over the world. People bored, waiting. Waiting to get home to the loved ones, waiting to get to work to earn the everyday living. Whether it be in sunny tropics or cold arctic lands, the expressions are the same.
Seeking refuge from the rainstorm, under the eaves of the roof of a neighbor. We foreigners were but visitors in her home village and she was not so much interested in leaving than seeing the interesting ( I hope ) visitors.
This picture got me thinking. We are all alike in that, we seek refuge from time to time. A shelter for our head on a rainy day, a shoulder to lean on another type of day, arms to hold on to when our world seems to crack around us.. Everyone is vulnerable in some way, some just hide it better than others. And sometimes, in the right circumstances one does not need to hide or feel ashamed of being afraid or needing a shelter, a refuge. I hope everyone has a refuge for those needed moments.
Eating is still in so many cultures most naturally done by the utensils we carry around ie our hands. Hand-eating is a bit quaint concept for the westerners or members of that culture. We use forks, spoons etc. instead and eating by hand is more of a for fun thing when eating pizza.. I loved the colorful combo if food and clothes and those hands.
Life is odd, sometimes. Somehow it seems it is almost natural to concentrate 110% on something and do it well. There is no effort whatsoever required. At other times, it seems no matter what you do, or how you do it you simply cannot get the required concentration and seem to end up somewhere way below your normal efficiency. It seems especially clear after long periods of working and winter that the latter is the truth, but after a holiday it is easier to focus. On the other hand, there seems to be a strong causal effect on the location and how your surroundings are that affect to what end you can concentrate.
A creative mind needs rest and new surroundings to properly thrive. And as these things go, when life kicks you down or you are pushed into a corner (sometimes literally) it seems you really need to get space and peace to properly function. It seems to me this gent had the talent of concentration.. I also love his hands, an honest workers hands.
As food is one of my passions I have always loved the Restaurantday concept created by my fellow Finns. Lovely to see how the idea has turned into a huge event that is now multi-national and really a great addition to any city’s food culture.
Here are some photos I took on the latest Restaurant Day in Helsinki. Had a blast!
Budapest has excellent possibilities for the tourist wanting to spend some money on shopping. Besides the usual shopping malls and high street shops there is this fine looking building located on the Pest side of the Danube.
The size of the hall is in one word huge. For sale, pretty much everything you could want, including food, clothes and souvenirs. A must visit for the athmosphere (and great for those last day gifts for family and friends). Beware, you might end up buying all sorts of small items you did not guess you needed.
Another great place to visit is Margaret island. It is a large island in the Danube. There are paths for runners, a couple of spas, swimming pools and small kiosks on the island. As well as a beautiful fountain which has musically coordinated shows every half-hour or so. A great place to cool down after a day spent walking in the city.
The banks of the Danube are well contained in the city area. There is actually a roadway beside the river which is bi-annually flooded for a while which is pretty interesting.
As in so many big cities, there also homeless people in Budapest. Probably more so nowadays than before the fiscal meltdown of 2009. Very sad.
Budapest has many spas. There are hot-water springs under the city so the water is oft times warm. The best spas have +40 pools like this one in the picture. Other places have pools that are lifted straight from Ottoman style spas of old. Some even resemble the old Roman spas. Great places to visit, I highly recommend at least one spa visit on a trip to Budapest. Ladies especially will love it.
Budapest definitely lived up to my expectations even exceeded them in many ways. I hope to visit the city soon again.