First Impressions: Budapest 1992

is many a love-struck couple kissing and hugging with passion by the Margit híd;

Is a lone acquaintance of mine fighting solo against the world for 8.000 forint spending hours in a library, trying hard to keep dreaming;

Is bereft single grannies in dilapidated post-communist apartment blocks;

Is hawk eyed hollowed women, with palms upwards turned, breastfeeding babies;

Is well built Arab wiseguys keen on questioning “Change money?”;

Is taxi drivers, almost always ready to remark
“Nem tudom,” when one gets in and states the destination.

(March 1992)

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First Impressions: Budapest 1992