Three Years Abroad

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 in Bulgaria, Hungary, Personal, Turkey, USA, Yearly | No Comments
Three Years Abroad

Thirteen months ago, I started a new job. I’d been in Istanbul for just under two years, and I was at a point of transition. I’d done the English-teaching thing and decided that, if the only way to stay in Istanbul was to continue to teach English, I wouldn’t stay in Turkey. I spent two […]

All The Communist Kitsch: Memento Park, Budapest

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 in Culture, Hungary | One Comment
All The Communist Kitsch: Memento Park, Budapest

Say you’re a country that’s been hanging out behind an iron curtain. Suddenly, you’ve gone post-Communist, and yet these epic commie monuments are still hanging around. What to do? Dump ‘em in a park and charge admission. Sort of a Communist playground. When Hungary shed its decades of Communism in 1989, the newly democratic country […]