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Sep. 26th, 2017 07:51 am[personal profile] bitterlawngnome
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Nagymező utca 19, Budapest; 6797
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This sort of apartment block built around a central courtyard is very common in the older parts of Pest. You'll look in the front door of an apartment block apparently crumbling and neglected, blank and undistinguished from its neighbours, and see hints of a lush and well-kept inner courtyard garden, prettily painted walls and shutters, and every sign of a place well-loved and cared for. It's a metaphor for how the culture works actually. Public faces are allowed to be barren and brutal, partly because you don't want to look wealthy and therefore become a target, and partly because public life was so ruthlessly brutalized under the Russians. You see it in many ways overt and subtle, and it makes the city intriguing and many-layered.

In a commercial building, sometimes every apartment on the first, second and even third floor will be occupied by a different small business, sometimes exceedingly specialised. Luggage zipper repair, a maker of shopping bags and backpacks embroidered with cartoon figures, a shisha bar with two small tables and an espresso machine, the office of bicycle tour guide, a record store that's clearly been there for 50+ years, a seller of nuts and seeds for making pastry (who grinds them for you on the spot), a tailor who specialises in clothes echoing late Habsburg styles, a tattoo shop with one chair and no obvious sterile facilities.

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Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station); 2751
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Now we are back in Frankfurt, and the unpacking starts for me.

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Sep. 19th, 2017 04:14 pm[personal profile] bitterlawngnome
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Budapest / Bullet Holes; 6774
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Sep. 19th, 2017 11:41 am[personal profile] bitterlawngnome
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from the train window between Munich and Saltzberg; 6553
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from the train window between Munich and Saltzberg; 6629
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from the train window between Munich and Saltzberg; 6722
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Sep. 17th, 2017 06:45 am[personal profile] bitterlawngnome
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the Aspark Owl; 1396
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Well, I'm in Europe. Frankfurt right now. It's all a bit overwhelming, largely due to the jetlag which is really kicking my ass. We have completed shooting the auto show and spent some time yesterday sightseeing.


Frankfurt, pollarded sycamores by the river; 6350
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More later.

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