Ten Thoughts Tuesday

1. It is finally december. I love Christmas season.

2. I went Christmas shopping about 2 weeks ago, and the card reader wouldn’t take my card at the cashier, so they told me to take out some cash, so I went to the bankomat and it was a different bank’s bankomat, but it is not supposed to matter, but I still had a bad feeling when I inserted my card. And for sure (somehow I always feel when something bad will happen) the stupid bankomat swallowed my card 😦 There I was with a cart full of stuff at the cashier, with no cash and now no card, and a 2 year old rolling around on the ground. I called my friend C. to come to the store and bring me some cash and I could at least pay for the stuff I bought.

3. I called the first bank they said since I don’t belong there they won’t do anything, so I called my own bank, had to cancel my card and had to order a new one. So my Chrsitmas shopping has been on hold, with no money, but finally my card has arrived so at least this has been solved.

4. Last week BB#1 ‘s class had a christmas DIY crafts afternoon at the school. It was really fun. We made wrapping paper, Christmas ornaments, Christmas Cards. I made the following Chrsitmas card featured on Danielle‘s blog last year:


Original Chirstmas Card

This is what it was supposed to looked like. I made 2, one with a red ribbon and one with a gold ribbon.

5. All the crafts made by the kids and the parents will be sold at the Christmas fair this saturday at the school. I volunteered to help sell them. All the money will go to the school. I hope I will be able to do some shopping also 🙂 Maybe some nice ornaments.

6. December 6th is St. Nicholas’ Day here in Hungary.

You can read abou the tradition in this blog post:


So on Saturday we went to go see Santa. They both got a package full of candy. So BB#2’s new word of the day was ofcourse: chocolate (csoki in hungarian).

7. The weather has been dark and rainy so we have not been to the Christmas market in the city. I hope the sky will clear up by the weekend and we can go.

8. Tomorrow BB#1 will have swimming during his P.E. class, and the parents can go and watch. So I might go and see how he is doing.

9. One of our dear friend, in Warsaw, Poland passed away. He was a great researcher and a really nice person. His funeral is today. Rest in Peace Professor Andrzej, you will be greatly missed 😦

10. I don’t have a 10th thought today, strange.

Budapest, Part 2

My brother left Hungary a long time ago. First he was living in the USA, mostly in California. Then a couple of years ago he moved back to Europe and has been living in the UK. So this spring when he finally landed a part time job in Budapest I was really happy, because this meant I would get to see him more.

So finally a couple of weeks ago, we finally arranged to meet each other in Budapest on a saturday. I was anxious to see where he was living etc.

Blackberry #1 had a school trip to Budapest for the same day, so I took him to the train station and took the same train to Budapest as the class 🙂 BB#2 stayed home with his Dad, so I was kid free for most of the day 🙂

My brother lives in the Castle district in Buda.

He lives 2 blocks from this beauty:


This is Matthias Church, a Roman Catholic church, also known as Church of Our Lady, it was founded by King Béla IV. after the Mongolian invaders left Hungary in 1242. Not much remained of the original building due to numerous expansions, wars and reconstructions.

We had lunch in the Manna Lounge, also located in the castle district:



Pumpkin-rhubarb Mille-feuille


 Main dish:
White wine steamed salmon with spinach strudel and Chardonnay cream sauce



Pineapple tatar with bourbon vanilla and raspberry mousse
After lunch we started our stroll:


The Habsburg Gate.


The Royal Palace.


The Matthias Fountain.


The view from the Castle 🙂 The river Danube, Pest and The Parlament.


We continued our stroll and crossed the Danube on the Chain bridge and found this strange statue at the other end of the bridge.


The Hungarian Academy of Sciences. I have spent many hours here listening to interesting lectures, and was once even invited for champagne with the head of the Academy, when I received a tender for young scientists.


St. Stephen’s Basilica is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary. Today, it is the third largest church in Hungary.


Before going back to the train station we had coffee. Starbucks: Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie and apple pie 🙂

Have you been to Budapest before?