Turn the Music UP!

On our first, very tired night in DC we stumbled into a shabby little bar called Black Cat on U street. Google said it was a cool place to listen to some music a bit away from the touristy parts of town and he was right.

Although we arrived way too early in good touristy fashion (the tickets said 7… amateurs XD) at least we had time to settle down after a lo-o-ong flight. And after a bit of merriment from BABY BRY BRY we finally got to here what we came for.

Hutch and Kathy of The Thermals was quite unknown to us, which makes the fact that their songs are now on all of my playlists from ‘Bath & Relax’ through ‘Aerobics’ and ‘Dance Around’, all the way to ‘Ironing’ and ‘Morning Mood’ an even bigger deal. I’m sure it was also my super loved-up ‘only-just-got-engaged-and-now-a-I-am-travelling-around-America-this-is-awesome’ mood but they were awesome and I have a new obsession.

I get these sometimes, a food, a band, a book, a hairdo…. can’t come off it for weeks 😀 They do tend to go away from time to time, because there is only so many times you can listen to Shake It Off or eat avocado toast, but this one has broken my record by being on top of my obsession list for over two months, I’m starting to think it’s here to stay.

Here is a little gem I recorded, after a few beers might I add..

And the full track list of their album cut “In Brilliance”, which I’m totally ordering on vinyl this Xmas!!

01 I Made You a Song
02 In Brilliance
03 Far & Lonely
04 On the Way to Work
05 My Unborn Beautiful
06 You’re On
07 To Heavens
08 Through the Day
09 Half These Tears
10 A Minute Decision
11 An Infinite Loop
12 Days in the Years
13 A Rich Nation
14 I Make You a Song

Happy hutching and kathying….see what I did there? yeah…. I’m tired……

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The Big Trip

Drumroll please….OUR TRIP TO AMERICA IS FINALLY HERE!!! Months and months of detailed planning, late nights spent reading Tripadvisor reviews, in depth analyses of guide books and expensive phone calls at impossible hours are all about pay off!!

I am excited beyond recognition! I have bought approximately fifteen items of clothing with various U.S. city names written on them, even though I will probably (who am I kidding… definitely!!!) end up buying all sort of souvenir stuff along the way. But there is nothing like the anticipation of a holiday to make you feel like a child again 🙂
So I just allow myself the indulgences of

1. printing out my Broadway musical tickets for the third time
2. listening to Viva Las Vegas, California Dreaming, New York New York…because I have to “get in the mood”
3. watching Sleepless in Seattle, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sunset Boulevard and Chicago on repeat
4. making endless Pinterest walls of “Best Photo Locations in San Francisco”, “Places to Eat in NYC”, “Best Outdoor Date Locations in Chicago”.. because it’s fun even if we don’t get to do all of them

So in the spirit of being excited, here is the itinerary of our Big USA Trip of 2015:

WASHINGTON

NEW YORK

NIAGARA FALLS

CHICAGO

LAS VEGAS

GRAND CANYON

ZION NATIONAL PARK

LOS ANGELES

HAWAII

SAN FRANCISCO

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

I’m sipping my coffee at Heathrow with a boarding pass in my hand, so it is definitely happening!! This summer may well be the last one I can call a ‘summer break’ having just finished my degree (well, hope so, not got the “official” results yet) in Comparative Literature (aka “I’ll be unemployed studies”). This summer is still about travel, ice creams, friends, family, wedding planning (whoop whoop!!) and long naps. Before we move into our lovely new home in Portbury (Bristol) and I end up becoming a suburban housewife/ ambitious career woman with a hundred children, I want to make sure that we have some killer memories to look back on!

AND THIS TRIP WILL BE JUST THAT!

updates to follow

The One With Xmas Memories

I am really starting to miss Xmas.

I knoooow that it’s the middle of spring and I should be (and am- for the most part) so happy about the sunshine. And I enjoy the good weather as much as anyone, especially in England, where let’s face it, it never lasts for long! I love a good walk in the park, wild flowers, ice cream, sunbathing and all that comes with rising temperatures but sometimes I can’t help but think about Christmas. Or in my head karácsony…

There is something about the smell of cinnamon and candle… the sight of ornaments and Christmas cards and decorations… the taste of delicious gulyas and brioche and stuffed cabbage…

(hm…for you I’d better say turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie I guess… 😀 )

For all the above reasons I believe it is time for some Christmas reminiscing…

Some things worth knowing about my family is that we take our Xmas seriously! Even though in Hungary traditionally Baby Jesus brings the presents my mum loves to go ALL OUT when we have Andy around 🙂

 

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We take our time with decorations (about half a day) and take regular cake and dance breaks!!

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And she is not that different from us, really, When it comes to acting like a crazy two years old she can keep up just fine!!

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Unfortunately we only get to see my family about twice a year, so we end up celebrating all birthdays, namedays, anniversaries, mother’s day in twice yearly intervals. Although it’s not like we need an excise for cake!

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Clearly we don’t always like having our picture taken… 😀

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But we have some very photogenic cutie pies who make up for these awkward adult shots!

 

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We do of course give presents, but usually just end up falling asleep on them…

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And then there are those who are not related by blood but they might as well be ❤ ❤

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Even if I only go home for a couple of days I always squeeze in some time for some of my besties! And what better place than the Xmas market with mulled wine and lots of souvenirs??!!

 

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For those of you less fortunate who did not have the pleasure of trying a chimney cake yet, you must you must you must!!! It’s a traditional Eastern European fair-food (I say Eastern European, but I mean Hungarian – it’s just that Polish, Czech etc like to argue with us over this,,,) that is delicious and makes you lick all ten fingers! Literally, its covered with sugar!! 😀

Here is the sign to look for…

 

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And as if this holiday would need any extra good news, my friend Szandi just had a baby and I went to visit them for the first time since!! Such a naughty little chap!

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But enough of memory lane!

 

 

The One Where He Turned 30

I don’t think I ever made a big deal out of this here, but I have already met the love of my life. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s true! I was never one of those people who believed in magical romance stories and happily ever after but I have to say if you are lucky/blessed/right place at the right time it can happen and it is awesome!

So you can see why it is a big deal when something cool happens to my other half, and I love to show him off, so here are some moments for his latest and greatest birthday!

Already can't keep their eyes open :D

Already can’t keep their eyes open 😀

And this is our adorable niece, Summer, thinking it’s her birthday of course!!!

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Just a little time spent unwrapping presents….

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… and finished with a lovely day at Hampton Court Palace…

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… and some pampering in the spa for which I was well prepared 😀 😀

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And then he quietly turned 30 and guess what: haha NOTHING changed!! But we got to stend a day with the family and having fun for which there is no better excuse than a birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The One With The LEGOs

Who doesn’t love to play LEGO? If there is such a person in this world (which I doubt) and if this person would happen to be reading this post I would strongly recommend clicking away!

I am totally crazy about Nathan Sawaya’s ART OF THE BRICK exhibition that visited London at the end of last year. We spent hours walking around in amazement at the detail and imagination of these pieces. And it’s not just fun NOOO it is real hard work of planning and hours and hours kneeling, a crouching over tables – we saw the behind the scenes video and it looks like something I would never have the patience for.

BUT walking around taking photos of them? Right up my street!

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