What Lies Beneath is the title of the column I write for the Budapest Times, the city’s monthly English-language magazine. My remit is pretty broad. I get to write about people I’ve met, places I’ve happened upon, and life in Hungary as I see it.

Bence Molnár wearing his golden keys

The Golden Keys

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I was a fan of the 1980s American TV series Hotel, which opened…
Krisztina Dávid shooting in Rio

Living on a battery: Krisztina Dávid

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Eons ago, I hung out with a guy who, as a teenager, lost the…

2019 Grateful 37: Thought police missing?

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Last year, Hungary made the international news because of a controversial…

Chernobyl Diaries

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Of all the questions expats ask of each other, what do you do…

The Greening of Budapest

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St Patrick’s Day this year falls on a Sunday, which is perfect…
Juli and Flo Catch Budapest

Catch Budapest - Learning Hungarian

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I couldn’t tell you the number of times I’ve made a determined…

New Year, New Local

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The lads have bought a bar. A neighbourhood joint in the IXth…

The gift of art

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Nothing makes me feel more ‘of’ a place than running into…

Save this man

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In 2013, when the Hungarian government first criminalised homelessness,…