Blue Fox Budapest Bar Review

The Blue Fox is a hotel bar. I point this out because hotels are places where all kinds of people go. Including the kinds of people who would order a Cosmopolitan, or a Midori Sour. Which is all to say that from the get-go, hotel bars are a little bit hamstrung by the need to pander to a broad range of clientele used to sucking down syrupy abominations.

Does the Blue Fox succeed in rising above in the face of this adversity? Read on to find out.

(more…)

Share

Making Connections

When we were in Paris, the Pompidou had a Le Corbosier exhibit. One of the things he was big on was the Modulor. Basically it’s some golden ratio driven hooey about how much space a person takes up. Disturbingly, many of his renderings of this concept feature lumpy crab-human hybrids in psychadellic compositions.

crab_unit_man_reference

Note the powerful psionic waves emanating from the claw. I, for one, welcome our new crab-men overlords

(more…)

Share

Lego Concentration Camp

This was on display at the MOCAK contemporary art museum in Krakow.  Apparently it was done with cooperation from Lego.

lego_concentration_camp

Photographs showing the lego concentration camp set.

lego_concentration_camp2

Unfolded boxes for the lego concentration camp sets.

The holocaust is such a hard thing to understand on a personal level; the scale is just too big.  Different approaches can help make the problem relatable for different people.  The combination of mass produced children’s toys and assembly-line genocide was surprisingly powerful to me.

Share

A selection of unrelated things

There are a lot of pictures I’ve earmarked for blog posts that just don’t have enough meat to stand on their own. Here’s a photo dump of quirky things we’ve seen across our trip.

Water Bus – Budapest

water_bus_budapest

I could have used one of these on my last trip when the bridges were washed out from the floods

Pretty sure a strong wind would blow this thing on its side. It looks amazing though. (more…)

Share

Berlin Cocktails: Lost in Grub Street

Lost in Grub Street is a weird bar with a weird name in Berlin’s business district. It was literally empty when we got there at 8PM on a Saturday; the bartender had to follow us in (he was sitting outside). He blamed “weekends in the summer,” which to me seem like good times to be in the bar business, but maybe things are different in Berlin (?)

The theme of the bar is “big bowls and short drinks.” Being as how there are only two of us, we skipped the punch bowls.

lost_in_grub_street_drinks

Bonus points for the double-wide cocktail napkin to accommodate the palate cleansing water.

(more…)

Share