Wandering About: Budapest (2010)

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In October 2010 I did one of the best trips of my life, I went to Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague. Today I’ll share some pictures of Budapest, and then I’ll share the others at some other time (because there are too many).

My mom had a meeting there, in Budapest, so we thought it would be an ideal time to do those golden cities. My grandmother (82 at the time) agreed to come as well, and so did my mom’s business partner, and we ended up going with a Brazilian couple friends of ours and their kid. So we flew to Budapest for the meeting, and from there we rented 2 cars and there we went. I did have a small detour in the middle of my stay in Budapest, I had a aDNA congress in Munich, so I spent 2 days in Budapest with mom and grandma, then I took a 6 a.m. flight to Munich to spend 3 days at a conference with my adviser and another professor – where I had to share a room with my adviser… not weird at all – and then I got back to Budapest on the day before we left on our big trip.

I loved Budapest, it’s one of the most gorgeous cities I’ve been in, and I’m itching to go back there, because I needed so much more time to see everything properly. 🙂 Bratislava, Vienna and Prague will come soon.

More Than Exes (Chasing The Dream #0.5) (Elizabeth Briggs)


He wants to win. She wants to win him back. 

Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he’s really the good guy who’s always stuck fixing his band’s problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn’t show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.  

Kyle hasn’t seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she’s dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he’s never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again. 

A stand-alone prequel novella that launches the Chasing The Dream series.

I did this all out of order! First I read the second book in the series (More Than Comics), then I jumped to the fourth book (More Than Once), until I finally went back to the prequel. I’m just glad that I finally got around to read it.

From the little we got to see of the band in More Than Comics, I already loved them, but here I really appreciated Kyle for the first time. I absolutely loved him, and man, he was funny! Such a delightful and complex character.

I already knew I would love Briggs’ writing, this was my third book by her after all and I thought the plot was pretty cool too, even if it was short, and I loved Kyle and Alexis’ relationship. When I read the blurb I was expecting it to be more messy, but I loved the reasons of the break up, they felt real, and their process of reuniting was just heart warming.

I’m also kind of glad that I read Becca’s story before this one, because Oh God, Becca in the first 2 books is not nice…

The only thing I kind of missed was the dual POV, but because this was just a novella I didn’t think much was lost because of it. I do wish that Kyle had had his own full length novel though, because he’s such a delight.

Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag


Hello, welcome to my first Winter themed tag. The Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag was created by Astra @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels, and I was tagged by tagged by Astra, Deanna @A Novel Glimpse and Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Thank you all, and please people, go check out their blogs.

1. Name a book you would like to see under the Christmas tree.

I’ll give you one better, I’m gonna show you a few books that I KNOW will be under my Christmas Tress. How can I be so sure, you ask? Well, see, one of my brothers gave me the arduous task of buying all his presents, because he only gets home on Christmas eve (he and his wife live in Angola), so I know for sure that he’s getting me Illuminae and A Monster Calls. The same with my grandmother, who is currently sick, and I bought her resent for me, and it’s the Grisha trilogy. I ordered them all myself. I’m only currently missing one Grisha, it should get here on Monday…


2. Name a book you’ll be reading during the Christmas season.

I’m making my way down my December TBR – I already added way too many extras books to it though… but near Christmas I would say that probably Carry On or Winter will be on the spot.

3. Name your favorite Christmas movie.

Hmmmm, I think I’ll have to go with Love Actually, I just never get tired of watching it, and it has a Portuguese actress there, and even if the Portuguese community is severely bad represented, I still love the movie. Also, Colin Firth actually speaks Portuguese there!!!!

4. Do you like snow?

Ok, I LOVE THE SNOW!!! But I might be fantasizing a bit about it, because it never really snows in Lisbon (or Barcelona for that matter), so I don’t actually know how it is to live with snow. I would like to know though, because I love the cold, and snow reminds me of peace somehow…

5. Name a character you would like to spend your Christmas day with.

Jem Carstairs! I don’t think I have to explain this one…

6. To give or receive.

Mostly to give, I love picking out the right present for each member of my family. I have to admit though, I’m not one of those people who gives Christmas gifts to everyone, it’s usually just my family and my best friend (and that’s because she started giving me stuff a few years ago).

7. What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

Someplace with a lot of snow and fireplaces?! Hogsmeade!!!

8. Fondest Christmas memory?

I have a pretty big family from my dad’s side, and when we were little, my cousins (mostly the same age as me), would snick out into the living room, and we always had chocolate Santas on the tree, so they would unwrap it, eat the chocolates and leave the wrapping in the tree (pretending they still had something inside). Still funny ’till this day.

9. Can you say Christmas tree ten times fast in a row (pronouncing it correctly)?

Uhhhhh, sort of?! LOL, there was nobody here to tell me if I was doing it right! 😛

This is it for this tag, this was fun. I tag EVERYONE!!!! Do it, it’s fun!