Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Just a couple last things about Budapest. This is the beer Jake, the hostel guy gave me, and he was right – it’s a really enjoyable beer to drink. In fact, I’m having one as we speak! (Type?)
That last night, I took Jake out for a beer to thank him for all his wonderful hospitality. And we had a long and wonderful conversation; he fascinates me in many ways. Before I spoke with him at length, he struck me as someone simultaneously full of energy and full of joy. But after speaking with him you learn that he’s also a man with a monumental curiosity about life, and a ferocious drive to both understand it (which is why he double-majored in electrical engineering and philosophy, and why he stays up late at night, reading philosophical and religious texts; he taught himself Chinese so that he could read some of those as originally written) and experience it (which is why he’s driven to travel, and explore – he’s an itinerant adventurer). And he’s passionate about the suffering of others; the modern form of slavery, enabled by “the system” is something he abhors. I don’t agree with all his political thinking – he’s a bit more radical than I am, if you can believe such a thing – but I admire his passion and his drive. And his overwhelming warmth. In any case, this conversation was held in rather majestic circumstances – in one of Budapest’s magnificent ruin bars, which are unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. I didn’t take any photos, but I did search around on google, so if you mash these together in a psychedelic way, you may be able to glimpse how cool these places are:
“Meh – those look just like the neighborhood bar down the street!” you might say. It’s true – nighttime photos with lots of people and colored lights do tend to all look the same. I guess you’ll just have to trust me!