The roots of the city
Exploring and discovering. I’m mainly in a little, hot classroom in an old building with 25 other people discussing documentary but the films we see are taking us around the world and then there’s the wandering in Budapest too.
Once upon a time, craft displayed itself more openly, as in the manhole covers that dot the city streets
The main streets bustle like main streets everywhere but the small side streets outnumber them and one can wander the city away from cars for the most part and discover things like: Music
Or: Decorative friezes four stories in the air
And Street Artists too, along the Danube in this case
Speaking of which, here it is: the Danube, the Buda side Castle that tourists flock to, the #2 tram that runs along the river, and the sun in late afternoon.
There is also loss. This used to be Cafe Alibi, a wonderful little cafe/restaurant with delicious food and a lot of classic atmosphere, with piano music and tables for about 20. Now, it’s something else entirely:
BYE BYE ALIBI, HELLO STARBUCKS
The language of signs: “The Ministry of Human Capacity” has a limited capacity for the handicapped; they have to enter around the corner.
And the people. I always wonder what their stories are: where do they live, what do they do, where are they going?
Some announce what they are doing now, but what will they do later tonight? And what are they guarding?
This is what they guard: Parliament, on the Danube. No assaults from the river are anticipated…
That’s the almost fairy tale part of an old city.
Meanwhile, there’s today and dinner. And I return to a restaurant I visited four years ago, as good now as it was then:
Salaam Bombay from my table: the gems beneath the glass and the view of the front of the restaurant, but the food’s about to arrive, so it’s time to step back out of the Daze… for now.