Thursday, January 20, 2011

Budapest, Coffee, and Wine

I had my first real European adventure this last weekend. Around the end of December I decided it was time to start touring the European countries around me- I really didn't have a preference as to where I was going to go, I just had to be able to afford it. Fast forward two weeks- Budapest, Hungary. Absolutely beautiful city. There's an energy to it that I really like and I have a feeling that it has something to do with the many coffee shops everywhere. You see, the coffee culture hasn't hit Denmark yet. I'll give them 10 years. 

Honestly- I love being in Denmark but I don't quite understand how a coffee addict like myself ended up in a country with no Starbucks. The only Starbucks that exists in my area is in the Copenhagen airport.  How much do you want to bet that I had a ''real'' coffee before my flight? 

If you ever have a chance to see Budapest, I'd definitely recommend it. Here's a couple pics of me in Budapest that my photographer friend took. 

To get back home I had to take almost every form of transportation available besides a boat. 3 metro trains, 2 buses, one plane, and 2 trains. Sunday was a long day. :D

My home state is Washington and I just want to give a shout out to our wine there. Apparently it MUST be good because they served it at Obama's big State dinner where none other then Jackie Chan attended! And of course, the Chinese President Hu Jintao... And from the Washington Examiner:

"Obama repeatedly stressed that he is seeking "a level playing field" for U.S. companies doing business with China. The White House has been pressuring China on economic issues that include monetary policy and trade imbalance."

That's all very well to want a level playing field but in my opinion, when you owe someone a large sum of money you pretty much lose your chance at a level playing field. Just saying. It is a nice picture to dream about. However, I don't think the Chinese politicians like Americans too much. I seem to recall Sha Zukang saying just that at one point. I think he had too much to drink before he said that though- but I can't quite remember. 

But all of that really won't matter by December 2012 seeing as we will all be dead.. Or at least George Lucas thinks we'll be dead. At least we have until 2012- Dr. Kermit Gosnell made it so quite a few wouldn't ever even have the chance of dying on 2012.  From we have:

“I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “But as district attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law. A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law.”

I really don't care what your opinion on abortion is... the whole thing is really awful and I hope he gets the full extent of whatever they can give him when it comes to the law. 


  1. The Starbucks thing and you is funny. I think God has a sense of humor. ;) Your trip sounds like it was a-ma-zi-ing fun! Glad you went!

  2. A wonderful update, been a while since your last post. :)


  3. great photo's, - i am very impressed!

    ....think i'm going to move to denmark, that way my wife's unstated mission (to get a coffee from every freakin cafe that she passes) will be more tolerable....

  4. it looks absolutely beautiful.... i'm sure the trip with taking 8 transfers was worth it. haha!

  5. I definitely want to visit Budapest some day, nice choice! I can't believe you're having to suffer life without Starbucks. That's a damn shame! Just today I opened an envelope that came in the mail from my bank and there was a $5 gift card from them to Starbucks. From my bank! How awesome is that? I'll think of you while I enjoy my macchiato ;)

  6. I recently seen pictures of Budapest in a travel guide and seriously want to visit it! Uber jealous of you right now lol


  7. Emy, you look so pretty!! Such gorgeous shots! Budapest is definately a great city to visit, I've never been there, but it's something I woudl definately liek to see one day. Good to hear you finally got to explore Europe further! Here's to many more city escapes ;-)

  8. lol I don't think we will be dead by 2012. if so the bank wouldn't have given me a mortgage that goes until 2014! think of all the money they lost haha