Lacking lumps

I was bitterly disappointed (geddit?) to discover that coffee in Budapest is served with little sachets of sugar crystals. Not a lump in site.

first coffee

However there were the delicious and not-sickly-sweet Hungarian pastries to give solace

first pastry

at the beautiful Callas café near the opera house.

callas café

Coffee drinking time was initially severely curtailed by the necessity to visit shopping malls in the vain search for a travel adapter. What kind of idiot whose life and work is centred on their laptop forgets to bring one of their dozen or so UK-3-pin to European-2-pin adaptors with them thus ensuring they cannot recharge their computer? Yes, this kind of idiot.

Luckily I was meeting up with Maria who both knows the city and speaks Hungarian so eventually bacon was saved in the Apple store and, as this post attests, contact with the world was re-established.

The bits I’ve seen of Budapest are wonderful – a mixture of architectural styles and a wonderful attention to detail in the 19th and 20th century fixtures and fittings. There is a metro system, the oldest in continental Europe, and many of the stations appear almost unchanged since they were built in the mid 19th century.

metro 1

There is beautifully decorated ironwork, tiling and a lot of wood panelling.

More walking and sight-seeing and coffee are planned for Sunday.

Satisfied mind

How many times have you heard someone say,
“If I had his money, I could do things my way.”
But little they know, it’s so hard to find
One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind.

Once I was living in fortune and fame,
Everything that I dreamed of to get a start in life’s game.
Then suddenly it happened, I lost every dime,
But I’m richer by far with a satisfied mind.

‘Cause money can’t buy back your youth when you’re old,
Or a friend when you’re lonely,
Or a love that’s grown cold.
The wealthiest person is a pauper at times,
Compared to the man with a satisfied mind.

When life has ended, my time has run out,
My friends and my loved ones I’ll leave, there’s no doubt.
But one thing for certain
When it comes my time,
I’ll leave this old world with a satisfied mind.

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