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s o r r y m u m reflections - and then war happened

This is a photo of me and my mum in 1964 sailing in to New York on a tanker. Happy times. I am safe, chubby, happy and warm. Mum seems happy, too. We chose to go. To explore other continents, people and cultures. I learned to walk on this ship.
Today, in 2015 - 51 years later - people travel to other countries for their safety. They run from wars and terror and killings and the hopeless and the sad. Refugees of war who used to study at the university, work as a lawyer or a teacher, who met up with old friends for a coffee after work, went dancing in the night or spent the evening watching "True Detective" or "Notting Hill".  Perhaps.

And then war happened. Strangers bombed their houses, killed their neighbour, shut down the university and the cafe and there were no longer jobs for lawyers and teachers. Time to run. Time to go. Time to save their childrens lives. Some have uggs and iphones and cashmeresweaters and of course they bring it when they run. To keep in t…

s o r r y m u m travel - Kiosk bar and restaurant in Budapest

Going for lunch on the Pest side of the river in Budapest. "Kiosk" was an excellent choice today. Sunny and tasty.  Try the risotto! At night they serve the happiest drinks and run Casblanca and other old movies on the wall. Mmm...and the hungarians let their dogs run freely in the city, by the way. Freewalking dogs. And everybody seem to enjoy dogs - they're just blending in naturally. They stay close to their owner, though. No stray-dogs. Happy dogs!

Great restaurants to visit is "Callas" by the Opera. And you should. Go to the Opera. It is magnificent and breathtakingly beautiful. "Pata Negra" has the best tapas. Even the cod - fresh fish is delivered to restaurants in Budapest from Italy daily. Have a glass of "Hungaria" sparkling whitewine in the book-cafe on Andrassy. Enjoy the music and the art deco ornaments - and the friendly service.

I will be back, Budapest. But I beg you to take good care of your lesser fortunate guests. Thank you.