A MONTH OF SILENCE

(Listen to the music while reading blog post. This time this amazing song from the Into the wild soundtrack was Gergő Varenke’s idea, big thanks! The destination I recommend for you in return: the globe. You seem to feel home everywhere on it.) Mind the Map blog is about to go on holiday in July. […]

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FRIENDS FROM THE AZORES

(As an exception, this time not only the music is important. When you watch this video, you’ll know why. It’s about the island of Faial and represents perfectly the life there. They are truly idiots, I love this band.) Meeting with the locals. For me the most important factor when I travel to an unknown […]

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PORTUGAL, BARBECUE

(Listen to the music while reading blog post. Big thanks for this week’s music recommendation for Judit Neubauer. Your destination is: you don’t need to go anywhere, you’re just at the perfect place.) Eating is one of the best things in life. Furthermore, it’s an excellent excuse for a meet-up with friends. Just think about […]

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A PRIVATE FADO EVENING

(Listen to the music while reading blog post.) How often does it happen to you that you call a mechanic to repair your broken water heater and soon you end up watching a private performance in your kitchen? Well, not very often to me either. But it happened now and I’m going to tell you […]

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AZULEJO AND OTHER CURIOSITIES

(Listen to the music while reading blog post. Big thanks for this week’s music recommendation for Barbara Abonyi-Keszte. Your destination is: Pontevedra, Spain) Let me start by telling you that summer has finally come to Portugal. It’s 28 degrees, no clouds in the blue sky and we continuously get vitamin D. On the very first […]

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Praia mania

(Listen to the music while reading blog post. Many thanks for Miska Misu for recommending this amazing song.) This is a friendly warning! The following pictures can cause big changes in blood pressure! According to your temperament, they can take you to perfect zen and you’ll find yourself in a perfectly peaceful state of mind […]

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Soup of the holy spirit

(Listen to the music while reading blog post.) I’d bet in a big amount that you don’t taste very often the soup of the holy spirit. Well, neither do I. But in the big-fat-easter-fuss I had a chance to try it. I am not religious (I have my own eccentric ideas of our world) and […]

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Love @ 36,000 feet

(Listen to music while reading blog post.) The winglet almost hits the concrete of the runway in the crazy wind, I definitely need some clean underwear and they are kissing. This is one of the most exciting romance I have ever seen in my life. And I am going to tell you the story. I […]

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Climbing Pico mountain, Azores

(Listen to the music while reading blog post.) ‘Because it’s there.’ said Edmund Hillary when he was asked why he had climbed Mount Everest. I could provide you with a similar answer for the question why I climbed Mount Pico. Although it’s significance in the history of mankind is obviously indifferent, it’s outstanding for me […]

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Fears before journey

(Listen to music while reading blog post.) I don’t really know why I’ve chosen this kizomba version of the soundtrack ‘Intouchables’ to accompany my post, somehow it is always the music that founds the proper post for itself. This movie is probably my all-time favourite because of its great humour, the human factor, because of […]

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Miracles of the Azores

(Listen to the music while reading blog post.) The Azores. This name still sounds exotic enough to my ears (and the Portuguese name even more, the Açores), although I have had enough time to get used to this. A couple of times, day by day, I pronounce it just for myself, when I simply love […]

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Finding the path

(Listen to the music while reading blog post.) – What do you want to be when you grow up, sweetheart? – External trade expert. – Well…errr…OK. This conversation took place when I was at the age of five, when the mistresses in kindergarten pointed at me asking the Big Question about my future. Certainly I […]

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The bright side of being on a journey

(Listen to music while reading blog post.) I‘m sitting in the sadly gunky capital, staring at the fog and smog through the windows and trying to transform my coffee and inner sunshine into a blog post, while thinking about the dynamics of travel. Come with me and let’s see the bright side of life. I […]

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A month-long holiday for free

(Listen to the music while reading blog post.) Okay, okay, the title is slightly headline-chaser. But you clicked on it, right? Certainly, nothing is for free, everything on the globe has its value and compensation, even if it’s not always money. So I don’t promise to redeem the world and don’t promise either that you […]

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Icy Balaton

(Listen to the music while reading blog post.) For me lake Balaton is the Riviera. My heart is full of sunshine, I took only my swimming dress for the journey. It passed already a couple of times but summer at lake Balaton always waiting for us. We are sunbathing on both shores of Balaton, I […]

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The Maltese chicken

(Listen to the music while reading blog post.) For me one of life’s biggest gifts is to meet with interesting people during travelling. In some cases this means only five minutes spent together, but still resonating long inside me for a reason. Meeting with Robert is just like this. His first sentence is something like […]

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Madeira, island of dreams, part 3 – soul warmers

(Listen to the music while reading blog post.) Reg:They’ve bled us white, the bastards. They’ve taken everything we had, not just from us, from our fathers and from our fathers’ fathers. Stan:And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers. Reg:Yes. Stan:And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers’ fathers. Reg:All right, Stan. Don’t labour the point. And what have […]

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