Europa: 2002

What has nearly a century of totalitar-ianism done to a grand and cultured city only now awaking from its nightmare, shaking its head to clear it.

3 Budapest

Yes, it's in Europe. Barely, the ambiance a fascinating blend of modem and ancient, of secular and Muslin. And the food irresistible to me.


We were only passing through, we thought. Turns out we couldn't: too quaint, too... well, different. We manage our first test of trip reprogramming.

1 Amsterdam

Lucky enough now not to have to report to work on any given Monday morning, we decide to explore Europe in leisurely fashion.

2 Istanbul

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