Favourites of January 2018

The first month of the year has already passed… Wait! Whaaat?
Let’s see what I was up to in my free time!

Book experience of the month:
First I read a book about Hungarian artist’s love stories (Festői szerelmek) from a Hungarian literature historian, Krisztián Nyári, it was very interesting.
The next one was Vivienne Westwood written by her and Ian Kelly. The book starts with describing the preparations of Paris’s Fashion Week, so it’s a must read to all fashionistas!

Audiobook experience of the month:
This month I continued Harry’s adventures in Harry Potter and the Triwizard Tournament and I realised that if I had to choose my favourite book from the series, it has to be this one or the third book. It’s beacuse they are not so dark as the books following, but still we went to more adventures with Harry already and we know all the characters.

Movie experience of the month:
If you are looking for a very funny action movie, The hitman’s bodyguard will be perfect for your taste. Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are hilarious!
Inspired by my new chapter, I watched some of my favourite fashion movies, Sex and the City 1 and 2 and of course, The Devil wears Prada. All of them had been a great inspiration for me.
And the last movie I saw was Jumanji from 1995 with the darling Robin Williams. It made me think, how future generations will react to this year’s movies that we consider very spectacular. Where will the film industry develop?

Cinema experience of the month:
And the reason I watched the old Jumanji movie because I saw the new one in the cinema. I was looking for relaxation and I got it! It had been shot in a very scenic place and it actually turned out to be more fun than I thought.

Series experience of the month:
I saw Kit Harrington’s mini series, Gunpowder about Guy Fawkes’ and a group of Catholics who attempted to blow up the House of Lords and kill the king.
The other series I saw is called Dark and if I had to resemble it to an other series, it would be Stranger Things, but the German version of it. Although it has time travelling and more characters. 

Theatre experience of the month:
There is a series in REÖK Palace in Szeged that commemorates the most famous Hungarian painter’s love stories. This month it was Mihály Munkácsy.
I also went to see Amadeus in the National Theatre in Szeged. It was written by Peter Shaffer and I’m a huge fan of this drama. I saw it first in the Katona József Theatre in Kecskemét and I saw the movie from 1984.

Photography experience of the month:
It has to be that Friday when I was shooting ballet classes. Click here to find out more about it.

Music experience of the month:
This month I was listening to French music: Édith Piaf, Francoise Hardy, Jacques Brel, Zaz, Indila, Chloé Stafler.

Drink experience of the month:
My friend, Helen from Taiwan surprised me by sending Taiwanese tea for my birthday, because she knows about my tea obsession. It has been a wonderful surprise! 🙂

Favourites of November 2017

November passed so quickly, it’s unbelievable… I went through a lot of feelings this month. From enjoying the last warm autumn days to decorating my apartment with several reindeers singing ‘Siiilent niiight’… 

Book experience of the month:
I’ve been always curious about the woman who not only used a pseudonym to hide her female identity, but was the partner of Frédéric Chopin for several years and corresponded with Gustave Flaubert. My first George Sand novel was La Petite Fadette, the romantic novel that takes place in the 19th century countryside. It was lovely to read, I hope I can procure more of her novels.
My second choice was Lauren Graham’s My Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), the book she wrote about the 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls series between 2000-2007, and then about the cast’s reunion for a 4 episode windup last year. It’s a must-read for all true fans. 

Audiobook experience of the month:
I moved on to J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Jim Dale is still hilarious! It always made me smile how he imitated Lockhart’s voice: ‘Harry, Harry, Harryyy…’.

Movie experience of the month:
Circle
movie, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks makes us think about the advantages and disadvantages of modern social media.
The Space between us is a nice romantic story, not only for space fans!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead men tell no tales honestly was a little forced for me. Jack Sparrow’s character was a big hit when the first movie came out, but not anymore. Though it was nice to see (SPOILER ALERT!) Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley reunited.

Cinema experience of the month:
November has been the month of superheroes! The new Thor movie was funnier than the first two and Mark Ruffalo is always a great coworker. Cate Blanchett’s Hela was a pretty badass enemy. Fun fact: this was the first time Marvel movie that had a female wicked leading character.
The long awaited Justice League had two precious actors, Ezra Miller as the Flash and Gal Gadot as Wonderwoman. I still can’t get over the fact that Ben Affleck became Batman… whoever thought about that at DC Comics, he is not their friend!
And I also saw A Bad Moms Christmas with my friends during my trip to Budapest. Although it’s full of crazy and funny moments, it still makes you think about what is important in Christmas: having the perfect tree and perfect decoration or spending quality time with your loved ones?

Series experience of the month:
The second season of Stranger Things is finally out and it was just as good as the first one! I love how they pay attention to every detail to create this 80’s world. Can’t wait for season 3!

Theatre experience of the month:
I went to see The Barber of Seville in the National Theatre in Szeged. I actually never heard an opera in Hungarian before. After talking to the singer playing Count Almaviva (I know, such a VIP…), he told us it was harder because Hungarian words often end with syllables like ‘t’ or ‘k’ while in Italian you can let go of the ‘o’-s and ‘a’-s. Besides it was a lot of fun and a great way to attract younger people to watch an opera.

Travelling experience of the month:
I went to Debrecen for a weekend to visit my Polish friend who came here to study with Erasmus. I have actually never been to Debrecen before so it was a great opportunity.
I traveled to the Hungarian capital, Budapest to visit my childhood friends. We went to see the Christmas fair (blog post coming soon about it, no worries).

Photography experience of the month:
Definitely my Budapest night photos and the ones I took of the Japanese collection of the Déri Museum in Debrecen.

Music experience of the month:
Janis Joplin’s Summertime when the living is easy. I really don’t know why.

Food experience of the month:
Although the most commonly known Hungarian dish by foreigners is goulash, I only had it in school canteens. And who’s fault is that, mummy? OK, just kidding, I know it’s mine.  But it’s never too late. Goulash is a traditional soup made from beef and a lot of vegetables seasoned with paprika. If someone wants to sell it to you elsewhere, don’t believe them, we have the original!

Favourites of October 2017

From now on there will be a new series on my website that represents all the things I really liked in the month. Books, movies, travelling… everything can happen! 

Book experience of the month:
I started October by reading Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, because I saw the trailer of the upcoming movie (can’t wait to see Kenneth Branagh as Poirot!). I’m sure you agree with me that a book gives you so much more than a movie. Still I take the chance of being disappointed rather than reading the book afterwards. This was my fifth Poirot story, previously I read Third girl, Peril at end house, And then there were none and Curtain. I liked Poirot’s last story, Curtain the most, it was absolutely fantastic!
After that I read Burmese days by George Orwell. He is one of my favourite writers and this novel presents the true nature of human beings just like his other novels.
Aaand I ordered the new book of Dan Brown, Origin and I’m very excited about it!

Audiobook experience of the month:
To tell you the truth, I’ve never listened to an audiobook before, and now I know what I lost. I started with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone written by J. K. Rowling and read by the amazing Jim Dale, who makes it very realistic by his acting.

Movie experience of the month:
La vie en rose 
pictures the troubled life of Édith Piaf, the voice of Paris played by Marion Cotillard, who recieved the Oscar for her performance. Interesting fact it that original recordings of Piaf are played in the movie and Cotillard had to learn to mimic and gesticulate exactly like Piaf.

Cinema experience of the month:
Last week I went to the screening of the upcoming Hungarian movie, Budapest noir and after watching the movie one of the actors came to talk about it. The movie itself and the audience meeting were amazing, though it’s really hard to talk about a movie you just saw 5 minutes ago.

Series experience of the month:
The 11th season of the Big Bang Theory started and it makes me laugh every week. Sheldon and Amy are the best TV couple I know.

Travelling experience of the month:
I spent a weekend in Siófok and on the way I saw Simontornya and Ozora castles, but I’m not saying more about these now, because blog posts about them are coming! 🙂

Photography experience of the month:
Besides the travelling photos, I went to the Cathedral in Szeged to take pictures, I made some really good shots about the frescos, a post is coming about it as well. 🙂

Music experience of the month:
I was listening to the soundtrack of La la land. I love the way Ryan Gosling sings ‘City of staaars, are you shining just for me?’ Even made it my ringtone.

Food experience of the month:
There are two dishes I tried for the first time in my life. One of them is quesadilla, which originates from Mexico. It is a flour or corn tortilla filled with basically everything you want. Mine was with chicken and cheese with salad on the side. It was amazing!
The other fantastic dish I tried in Siófok is fried ice cream. Yes, it exists, and it is yummi! They cover the ice cream ball in an almond based coating and then deep fry it. When you open the covering, flowing ice cream comes out… I think I have to eat something now! See you in the next blog post!

 

Amazing people I.: dó-ri

‘Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime.’       /Zoltán Kodály/

She not only runs half marathons in her free time, she dances salsa and swing, and still has to time to be a doctor. Let me introduce you the first person of my interview series, my favourite singer of all time, dó-ri:

Lady Fraise (LF): After listening to this, noone will believe me if I say, you never learned how to sing. But indeed, it’s true. How did your love for music start?
dó-ri (D): It comes from my parents. My father used to be a radioman during university, so as a child, we often listened to music together. Once he bought a Casio piano for Christmas. He learned how to play the violin when he was little, and after that he started playing the piano as well. I really enjoyed this and tried to imitate what he does. Then I took piano lessons for 10 years.

LF: But you can also play the guitar, right?
D: When I was 14, I got the cheapest guitar in the music store with a book called Guitar School, and I learned from that. This Hungarian song captures my ars poetica about playing the guitar. It says ’Two chords are enough because I don’t know more, Two chords show that you need nothing more than fun to play a song.’

LF: That ’s very impressive! Do you have original songs?
D: Yes, I wrote one about mayflies (Palingenia longicauda). After emerging from the water, they live a very short life, but their hatching attract many tourists in June. It’s very popular in Szeged. And I also have an other one, One night, one day with my friend from France, Stéph.

LF: Is it true you’ve also been invited to X-Factor?
D: Yes, but I don’t really like being told what to sing.

LF: Then what is your aim with your Youtube channel?
D: I want to inspire people to play music themselves. Or just bring a little music to their everyday lives.

LF: Well, she certainly inspires me in so many ways. 🙂