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Everything Else in Beauty-Pest

Once familiarised with a city, the pressure is off to cram in all the tourist hotspots. Two and a half weeks (after already being previously here for another two in Winter) seems like the sweet spot to feel like a local. Spending my days freelancing obviously leaves less time for one to experience the city but alas, work-life calls.

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If I had finished my work or fancied a walk around midday, I strolled with my camera to the centre, closer to the Danube, stopping at my now favourite coffee place Espresso Embassy, and seeing the usual sights; St Peter’s Basilica, Hungarian Parliament, etc. I found Lumas Art Gallery on one street corner, a tiny shop with contemporary art and photography which is worth a look if you’re in the area.

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Rather randomly, I also somehow managed to become the temporary owner of a dog – another way to feel like a local: own a (temporary) pet. Amy, a golden retriever mix, became homeless after her owner died and lives in a dog shelter awaiting adoption but I was lucky enough to become her owner for a week, ie. the best week ever. From helping nurse a sudden and violent cold to keeping me company on my aimless city strolls, this dog was magical.

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New dog-walking responsibilities…

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One Saturday, after breakfast at local cafe/restaurant Cirkusz, we took a trip with Amy to Heroes square (Hősök tere) in the blistering heat, soon seeking shelter at a restaurant, obviously taking advantage of the delicious drinks on offer. Dogs, however, are not exactly the kind of customer for such an establishment, and so we went to a park just behind, with yet another castle (Vajdahunyad Castle) and the famous Széchenyi Thermal Bath nearby.

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French Toast and Eggs Benedict.

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Heroes Square.

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The other castle…

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The following day we followed suit, and visited another park on Margaret Island, a small island in the middle of the Danube, sauntering through the trees and yanking Amy away from the flower beds and other dogs bottoms.

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