26 May 2018

Blank-faced and Depressed Hungarians

I've been to Hungary several times, in fact, I've been to Hungary too much to even remember how many times exactly I have been without looking at my flight records. Anyway, every time I go, there is something I notice which I cannot help but wonder why. This has something to do with the people's demeanor, and somehow it intensifies proportionally to how far away you are from the city centre of Budapest. People look depressed.

24 May 2018

México 2.0: Museo José Luis Cuevas

José Luis Cuevas was a rebel. Mexico's art scene was concentrated on murals, but José Luis Cuevas wanted none of it. He is actually a proponent of the Breakaway Generation, and his works definitely have a different style. He uses a lot of distortions, and the images he portrayed aren't necessarily pretty.

22 May 2018

Book Review: A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

Hmm, a New York Times reviewer said about this book, that it has "the stretch of an epic but not the impact of one". And I think I have to agree. It was a long novel, but somehow it was lacking in the oomph that a 700-something-page novel should have.

See, this novel is about a boy, named Mevlut, who moves to Istanbul, and for the next years and decades, settles down. He is not the most interesting character, really. He is rather timid, doesn't have a lot of conviction, and somehow is always the one who just halfheartedly does things. Passion isn't Mevlut's middle name. Heck, he fell in love to a girl and wrote letters to this girl for three years, and when a girl tries to run away with him so that they can get married, Mevlut goes along, even though he realises that it isn't the girl he fell in love with.

20 May 2018

México 2.0: Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

I found my hostel easily. So I dropped off my bags, and repacked. Once I had my day bag ready, I went out and explored for the rest of the afternoon. I have been to Mexico City before, when I spent a week in 2011, but there are still areas of the city that I haven't touched. The area north and east of the Zocalo for example is still unexplored for me. So this is where I ventured out, and I found the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, or the San Ildefonso College.

18 May 2018

Cherry Blossoms and Cosplay

A few weekends ago, we went deep in east Berlin to go to the Gärten der Welt, because there was the Cherry Blossom Festival. We didn't really do our homework, so we didn't realise that there were several other events going on that day in the park. And it turned out to be a rather frustrating day, given all the queues that we had to stand in. It involved not only cherry blossoms, but also other weird entities, like cosplayers.