Be a painter for a day

Would you like to paint Klimt’s Kiss? I’m sure you are answering in your head with something like ‘No, I would never be able to do that!’. Well I’m here to tell you that yes, you can. With help of a professional of course, but it would be a unique replica that is all you.

Here is what happened to me. One of my best friends went to a painting event in Budapest and came home with a very nice artwork that she is very proud of. I obviously wanted to get some of that! So I started to look for similar opportunities in Szeged and found a painting I liked at a company called Kreatív Kávé (Creative Coffee). During the event I painted on canvas using acrylic dye. It was very well organised, the lead artist was always telling us what to paint next. It’s crucial to have a pro because civilians doesn’t know how long it takes for the dye to dry for example. She never corrected anything on my painting, just gave my tips during the process and 4 hours later it turned out like this:

 

 

 

I really enjoyed this relaxing Saturday and I’m thinking about going again sometimes. The costs of the event was 8000 HUF, but it depends on the material you need to make your artwork, so it can be higher up to 13 000 HUF.

If you are in Hungary and interested in such an event, here are the places you can let go of your inner artist:

Kreatív Kávé: Budapest, Üröm, Szeged, Subotica

Fess neki: Budapest

Art & Wine: Szeged

Book vending machines opened in Budapest

I would have never guessed, but the world’s first book vending machine was made already in 1822 in England. Currently they can be found in several places around the world such as Spain, Germany and Sweden.

And finally the magic happened on 11th April, the day of Hungarian poetry, when 7 vending machines became open to business in Budapest. The current places where you can find the machines are:
– Madách Square
– Széll Kálmán Square
– Móricz Zsigmond Circus
– Southern Railway Station
– Eastern Railway Station
– Vígszínház
– Stadiums

Each book costs 990 HUF. The idea came from young actors, Miklós Vecsei and Attila Vidnyánszky who call themselves ‘theatremakers’. The first series of these books consists of 5 Hungarian literary masterpieces:
– The Paul Street Boys from Ferenc Molnár
– Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb
– Diary of a Madwoman by Géza Csáth
– Endre Ady’s Night by Gyula Krúdy
– Then I started to yarn by Péter Esterházy

Some internet sources say more machines will be installed in the capital, but they will appear later in other university cities.

I visited 3 of the vending machines on 12th April (so only the day after the opening!), and most of them were almost hollow, which means people like the idea of having their own ‘Poket’ books. I bought the Csáth book at the end and I’m very excited to be able to tell all my followers about this fantastic initiation.

Don’t forget that #readingiscool!

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Spring beauties

After a very long and cold winter, spring has finally arrived. Brace yourselves! The trees might feel confused because it’s warm all of a sudden, but they certainly try their best to catch up.

I had plans you know… Each year I’m visiting the magnolia trees with my best friend. We take pictures and just admire its beauty. Never missed one since I’m in Szeged. This year was different though. They began to blossom very quickly. I wanted to shoot some portraits, I even found a model. Last Monday after work we were heading to the trees on Széchenyi Square. And then there was nothing… There weren’t even petals under the tree.

It made me very sad that I missed it this year, but instead I was shooting pictures of other natural beauties. There are thousands of colourful tulips as well in Széchenyi Square, they are certainly worthy of attention. Then I went to my hometown, Kecskemét for the weekend and took some shots there as well in Deák Ferenc Square and my parents’ garden.

Wishing all of you a beautiful spring! I hope you find beauty around you.

 

Elle Hungary shared my picture!

I’m starting Monday with advertising. Not exactly what you are used to from me, right? But I have to.
It all started on Friday, when I was waiting for my train and just finished the book I was reading, so I decided to buy something at the newsagent’s. My favourite magazines has been Elle and Marie Claire for a long time, but this month’s gift made me choose easily. April’s Elle issue comes with a classic novel! How cool is that?! Readers can select from Antal Szerb’s Journey by Moonlight, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and The Scarlet Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne. I was not in the mood for Heathcliff’s sufferings, and I already saw the Hungarian novel’s adaptation in the theatre. So I went with Hawthorne.

Why does it make me happy?
I’m always glad to meet initiations that make people read more, because I think reading is becoming less and less popular with each year passing by. So I’m supporting everything to make reading cool again.

Wishing all of you a great day full of stories! 🙂

This is the one I posted on Instagram today:

And their respost:

Daalarna Fashion Show 2018

On 13th April I attended my very first fashion show ever. Hungarian designer Daalarna – Benes Anita introduced her new collection, Sunset. Here is the campaign’s trailer:

This show attracts many fashion lovers every year, so me and my friend bought the tickets when at the exact moment they became available. Normal tickets cost 5000 HUF and VIP tickets were 15000 HUF. First we we went for the normal ones, but at the end of the show we decided to go for VIP next year. 🙂
There were two shows that day, one at 16 pm and one at 20 pm. The gates for the second show opened an hour earlier, so we got there at 19 pm. A huge line was spiraling already but it moved very first. After our tickets were checked, we got an armband and could enter the main room of Millenáris in Budapest.
The catwalk was surrounded by sand to imitate the beach scenes that appears in the trailer. There were 6 rows of beautiful white seats, the first 2 were reserved for VIPs. After securing two seats for ourselves we went around to check out the panels. Dilmah, Vöslauer, Catrice, Air France, Omorovicza Cosmetics were present giving away free stuff. We drank pink Rosé champagne and ate some very fancy swallow-sized food and went back to our seats.

Daalarna stage

The show started with the Sunset Collection’s trailer and then with 40 minutes of awesome music and beautiful dresses followed. First the evening gowns that were mainly blue and purple, then the wedding dresses. Lace and pearls appear very often in Daalarna dresses with flimsy skirts and beautiful detailing. The models’ hair were made like they just got out of the ocean and their make up consisted of sparkly crystals.

At the end all of the models came out together surrounded by applause and the designer herself came out as well.
After the show people could pose with models and in front of a poster.
Everyone got a gift package while going through the gates to get outside. It contained a Vöslauer water, a Catrice mascara, a Persil sample and the contact information of the panels’ owners.

I loved this show very much, can’t wait for next year! ❤

Daalarna official website

Easter in Hungary

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its date is different every year because its the first Sunday that follows the vernal equinox and the full moon that comes after that. The first national holiday is Good Friday, than Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and it ends with Easter Monday.
The main tokens of the Easter holiday are eggs, bunnies and lambs. Eggs symbolise fertility, the bunnies’ inception is currently unknown and lambs mean sacrifice.
The preparation for this holiday starts a week before already. People decorate their homes with catkin branches and hang eggs on them or they make ‘bunny nests’ with grass with eggs, but bunny or chicken statues are very popular too.
On Easter Monday boys and men visit their female relatives, friends or neighbours to sprinkle water (or perfume these days as well) on them, because women are like beautiful flowers and they don’t want them to be withered. This tradition starts with the men reciting a poem and asking at the end if they can sprinkle the water. After that in return of the ‘sprinkling’ they get painted eggs, chocolate or money.
Egg painting has a very serious tradition in Hungary. In the old days people used natural colouring such as the fluid of onion and red cabbage. Nowadays people use artifical dye or stickers, but the stores are full of eggs and rabbit statues that are made of chocolate. Hungarian folk artists decorate eggs with the famous Kalocsa pattern and use duck or goose eggs because they are bigger than the regular chicken ones.
Children always get presents from their parents and relatives. They are often challenged with an egg hunt in the house or in the garden.
A typical Hungarian Easter breakfast contains boiled ham and eggs (boiled or stuffed) with fresh bread, horse radish and seasonal vegetables such as regular radish. Another dish is a milk-loaf that is made in a braided pattern.

I wish you all a happy Easter! 🙂

Budapest sights III.

I’ve been to Budapest again… 3 times in 3 months is more than I visit this city in a year!
This time I visited the Buda Castle region. It is located on Castle Hill and served as the residence of Hungarian kings from the 13th century. It is part of World Heritage Site.
In Castle District you can also find Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion, they are next to each other.

Matthias Church
2. Szentháromság Square
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00, Saturday 9:00-12:00, Sunday 13:00-17:00
Tickets: 1000-1500 HUF
Click here for more information!
Matthias Church (also called as Church of Our Lady of Buda) was built in the 11th century. It had to survive a lot off attacks (for example the Mongols destroyed it completely) and it had to be rebuilt many times until it became its final, Gothic styled form. It was named after King Matthias, the Just.

Fisherman’s Bastion
Szentháromság Square
Opening hours: Open every day! Monday-Sunday 9:00-23:00
Tickets: 500-1000 HUF
Click here for more information!
In front of Matthias Church, you can find Fisherman’s Bastion, which is basically a terrace that was built in neo-Gothic style in the 19th century. It gives a wonderful view to River Danube and the Hungarian Parliament. It atracts tourists even in the coldest weather. There is also the statue of St. Stephen, the first Hungarian king and you can take pictures with a falcon if you are brave enough.

Buda Castle
2. Szent György Square
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays! From the beginning of November to the end of February Tuesday-Friday  10:00-16:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-18:00, From the beginning of March to the end of October Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00
Tickets: 1000-2000 HUF
Click here for more information!
The construction of the Castle started already in the 13rd century. The building itself has gone through a lot, the attack of Turks and Tatars, World Was II, its final reconstruction started in 1946. The Castle’s current exhibitions include history of the Castle, ancient cultures and gothic statues.