So, in theory I lived in Budapest for 7 months – but I spent many of those weeks on mission with work so in the end it was mostly about packing and re-packing.
While I was in the city though, I was often excited about the fact that friends now could visit me (and bring Swedish snacks), about the access to great food experiences – and I happened to be around for both Balaton Sound music festival and Budapest pride. I found a community of “secret dining” at Zoltan18 where I went a couple of times to have a first class dinner around a table with 20 strangers, hung out with a group of med students and other new friends, went for art exhibitions and concerts, and had the best colleagues one could ask for.
Being back in Europe was very special. I could move around more freely, I had access to things and people, I felt like I was transitioning into finally settling down. And I finally bought that vinyl player. So symbolic!
I chose not to extend my contract in Budapest as a new opportunity came up that was a better option for me – I was a bit sad about not getting more time in the city, but I felt I definitely made the best out of my time in one of Europe’s most gorgeous and wallet-friendly cities.
Some photos from when I in June decided to become good friends with solitude again, and travelled to Beirut by myself. I had wanted to visit for a long time, and no friends were really able to join – so I went anyway, and had an absolutely fantastic time with the most hospitable people I’ve ever met, many of whom became friends.
I stayed at Staybridge suites, an apartment hotel with great staff, great location and an absolutely fabulous rooftop pool where I really found the headspace I needed from some of the most intense months of work ever for me. I strolled alone around the city, I took some time to read, to swim to sit in the sun. To be alone. It didn’t take long before I found my new friends at the hotel though. Less than a day actually. Among them was Maja, a polish girl I met in the elevator who also happened to be alone in Beirut. And Marwan and his friends, who became the best possible Lebanon guides. There were also a bunch of other strangers who always prove to be courteous, friendly and great.
Needless to say, there was a lot of dancing. And I can hands down say that of all the cities in the world that I’ve danced in – Beirut nightlife wins. Sunrise and all.
In January this year, I took my mother to the very cool restaurant Bloom in the Park for her birthday. It’s one of those “secret menu” places where you’re not told what you’re eating until after the meal on a dedicated website – a great experience & much recommended.
On the menu:
egg royal / black truffle
misocured potato / baltic prawn
oyster / lemon
I’m very excited to finally share the publication of photos & stories that I was sent to Honduras to produce for UNICEF in November. You can see some screenshots below, and download the entire book using this link.
You can read more about my impressions from the trip and see some behind-the-scenes photos here.
Did you get an offer to rent an apartment or get a request for money from me? Did you talk to a Caroline on some weird dating page on Facebook? No you didn’t.
No I’m not in the Philippines, no I’m not from California, no I don’t even work at UNICEF anymore. You have been subject to a scam and I’m thankful for having this website as a channel to warn you and protect myself.
Please let me know through the contact form of any profiles using my name, and please report them to the page they are using immediately. You can even link to this post. I would be much grateful if you helped me with this.
I guess this is to be expected at some point when you’re as active online as I am. People always said “why do you post so much online, aren’t you afraid?” and even if it sounds a bit strange – this is the exact reason why I have this website. I own my name and information online, and the page has very high rating on Google so it’s usually the first thing people find when googling me. Welcome.
Several people have contacted me and written that somebody is trying to rent them apartments in Australia or asking for money over Facebook messenger. They found me using Google and wrote to me through the contact form. Please do the same if you are here because of the same reason so I can keep track of what’s happening.
Being active online has always been part of my job and a way for me to stay informed and out there. I would be grateful if you could help me stop this person so I can continue being me.
Thanks a lot,
P.s. You can also help me by clicking the image above and reporting the profile to Facebook..