why i’m moving to Budapest

I In a few weeks, I will be packing two suitcases, boarding a plane, and moving to Budapest. Here's why: I want to be able to speak to my grandfather. He's 92 years old, and I've never learned enough Hungarian to hold a real conversation with him. So, I'll be enrolled in a one-year intensive …

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goodbye, great smoky mountains

The thing I'll miss the most about South Carolina: My weekend trips to the Great Smokies. It would take four hours to drive up to North Carolina, but I didn't mind. I'd usually rent out an Airbnb and spend most of my Saturday and Sunday hiking. I would always listen to audiobooks on my hikes. …

budapest

Budapest is better than Paris, I think. It’s a city of two million people (Budapest, not Paris), which is about one-fifth of Hungary’s total population. It spreads out across the Danube, because it was originally two cities: the rolling hills of Buda, once belonging to the Romans, and the flat land of Pest, too sandy …

rambling from my journal in hungary: les jours tristes/szomorú nap/smutne dni

Art museums are some of my favorite places. I like staring at pieces of art that tell a story about a certain time and place in history, and I like filling in the blanks with my own ideas. In Kansas City, I'm always within twenty minutes of  the Nelson-Atkins. That museum's gallery of American paintings is something …

d.c., baby

Today, I flew from Kansas City to Washington, D.C. First time here. What a year for firsts. I walked up a mile-long hill with three heavy bags (while wearing heels!) to get from my metro stop to my hotel. I met about a gazillion deadlines along the way (typing away in the airport, on the …