was born in Hungary. It was Drávacsepely, a very small
village where I spent my childhood. The place is just
like it was a 100 years ago. I was playing with cows
and learnt to use the bullwhip. We were wandering
in the forest, along the fields, rolled in the grass,
and in snow at winter times, heating up besides the
cosy fireplace in the farmhouse. We climbed every
tree, ate fresh fruits, were very dirty and smiled
at the world with the widest grin. We were surrounded
by dogs, geese, ducks, rabbits, pigs and their various
noises all day long. Though we had a tv, most of the
times it was people we spent our times with, chatting,
playing or helping out in the garden. Emir Kusturica's
movie, 'Black Cat, White Cat' brings back very good
memories of how it used to be for me in those days.
It is not really fashionable to live at such a small
place as there's not much fun to have, there aren't
many options. I was seven, when we moved to Budapest,
''Maybe it's because I come from such a small, simple
place that I appreciate life's offerings so much.
And Hungary has got a lot to offer! First we have
very many different people: Hungarians, Gypsies, Jews,
Slovaks... many nationalities and cultures live here
peacefully together. Anywhere I happen to travel in
Hungary, there are many special characteristics, thanks
to the mix of cultures. Even 'Hungarian' has many
varieties, within the small country there are many
dialects, art forms, and as the regions change the
smell of air and the songs change as well. But everybody
wants the same: joy, happiness and get laid!'
'I often think it would be cool to surge into the
world, go fishing and roaming. We might find the answer
why storks spend summer in Hungary. And once we arrive
to a village or town, we must taste everything. Old
people they know how the best meals are prepared,
they know everyting about meat, fruits and bio vegetables.
Of course we have to drink after the meal, whether
we are offered fine wine or traditional pálinka, we
need to try it for the taste of it.'
Lipicai at Szilvásvárad
"When traveling, which would be best on horses
but of course is more comfortable by car, we have
to adore the hills, rivers and lakes. A bath is the
best thing to have after a long journey, and there
are many to choose from. The biggest sweet water lake
of Europe, Balaton is fairly well known, but there's
also Velencei tó, Fertő-tó which is shared with Austria,
Tisza-tó any many smaller ones. There's a whole lot
of rivers too, Danube being the widest in Europe and
the most famous among all, but Tisza, Rába and Kőrös
are good friends as well if you are a swimmer or a
fisherman. We are proud of the thermal baths and small
wells, that can be used for the benefit of the body
and the soul. I seem to have less and less time for
serious water mischief, so what's left for me is quality
time at Budapest's magnificient 'Széchelyi fürdő'
between long studio hours.
Of course the wonders of Hungary go
on, right from the tales through the folk songs. I
invite you all to have fun and enjoy life with us!
Thanks for the pictures:
/ Nagy Botond