Wrapping up in Ecuadorean attire this winter

Fashions from Ecuador paraded on a Budapest catwalk this month were a tribute to the dedicated, behind-the-scenes artisans back home, as it was their humble creations – splendid handmade clothes and accessories such as luxurious scarves, sweaters, traditional ponchos, symbolic Panama and felt hats, ...

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Wild dogs, Chieftain Árpád and train stopping

It was never Alex Stemp’s intention to settle in Hungary. In 1993, feeling jaded with his life in England and curious about the world beyond the recently opened Iron Curtain, Alex found himself sitting in a bar in Prague. He was also somewhat jaded ...

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Diplomatic fair for charity

Shop the world all in a day

The Diplomatic Spouses of Budapest organisation is back after a one-year coronavirus hiatus and will hold its 10th Diplomatic Charity Fair at the regular venue, the InterContinental Budapest, on November 21, 2021.

Economist Janos Kornai dies

Economist Janos Kornai, holder of the Szechenyi Prize and the French Legion of Honour, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, professor emeritus at Harvard and Budapest's Corvinus universities, died at age 94, his family told MTI late on Monday.

“Bonfire Night” at Budapest Marriott Hotel on November 9

Charity party for children returns

The Xpat Charity Party and Bonfire Night celebration”Feel Good + Do Good” is back after a one-year pandemic hiatus and will be held at the Budapest Marriott Hotel on November 9.

All imaginables turn real with local artist

Dreams versus realities at excelling art exhibition

Introducing Oxána Bódis, a celebrated local artist and graduate in arts and technical drawing, who is originally from Bobrujszk, a town south-east of Minsk, Belarus. She moved to Hungary in 1990. Her characteristic paintings range from the use of aquarelles, graphics, oils and so ...

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“This is about a lifestyle”

The reasons for leaving an established way of life in your home country and becoming an expat are many: careers and relationships probably heading the list. However, to be in your 50s, where neither of these motivations provide the explanation, whilst relocating to a ...

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Festive photos by Krisztián Bódis

Christmas in Budapest captured

The eco-friendly Christmas lights around Budapest may have been admired by fewer people this year, with locals having to hurry home by 8pm and tourists in short supply, but there was still plenty for renowned urban photographer Krisztián Bódis to snap.

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Is this Hungary’s last master glass-blower?

Has James Carcass unwittingly become Hungary’s last master glass-blower? The country which once had glass factories in Salgótarján, Ajka, Tokod and Parád now produces only such standard items as beer or wine bottles, with just three small privately-run workshops producing blown glass.

Fawlty Towers briefly spotted in Budapest

‘Kippers, anyone?’

“Is that Basil's car – and Fawlty Towers?” For a brief but surreal moment the distinctly red modern-day automobile parked outside the elaborate whitewashed building turned into a remarkable double-take of John Cleese’s great 1970s British comedy, right here in suburban Zugló.

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Not your average expat

Is this Hungary’s last master glass-blower?

Has James Carcass unwittingly become Hungary’s last master glass-blower? The country which once had glass factories in Salgótarján, Ajka, Tokod and Parád now produces only such standard items as beer or wine bottles, with just three small privately-run workshops producing blown glass.

The legacy of Béla Lugosi, the world's most famous vampire

From Hungary to Hollywood, Dracula still lives on

Here is a brief, and perhaps unexpected, close-to-home “en-Count-er” for the Halloween season. Not that the phantom of darkness needs any introduction, but few recall who the original actor was. It's worth a reminder, as the first-of-many to get behind the cape in the ...

Not your average expat

Wild dogs, Chieftain Árpád and train stopping

It was never Alex Stemp’s intention to settle in Hungary. In 1993, feeling jaded with his life in England and curious about the world beyond the recently opened Iron Curtain, Alex found himself sitting in a bar in Prague. He was also somewhat jaded ...