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.


I have a peculiarly impulsive sense of smell that has led me…

No foreigners here

Christmas came early for many people in Budapest this year with…

Coming home

I have a weakness. I have several weaknesses in fact, but more…

The Dogs' Breakfast Group

It does my heart good to hear non-Hungarians talking in terms…

The Other Balaton

I’m writing this from Balaton. Not the Balaton. But the one…

In abstraction: Jim Urquhart

On 20 August, Hungary celebrates its foundation and remembers…

Adding some Scottish to the mix

The French philosopher Voltaire is reputed to have said ‘We…
Bence Molnár wearing his golden keys

The Golden Keys

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

Living on a battery: Krisztina Dávid

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