I mentioned the flying fridge they called a scheduled airline service. Here’s the snow swept airfield the plane was standing in all night with the orange snow-plough fighting a losing battle to clear the ground. When landing back at Okęcie the runway looked exactly like this picture, a blanket of drifting snow. I was convinced we were about to slide off the runway, topple over on the grass, fire, explosions, death, injury, sirens………………but it was okay.
Our office is downtown Budapest so I managed to snatch a distant view of the “large fancy building with the funky green tiled roof”, whatever it is, it’s hard to miss;
It struck me this trip that Budapest is a town of very busy pavements. There’s an awful lot going on between road and buildings – far too many bollards although thankfully not red and white ones, cycle lanes, tall & round Parisian style advertising things, phone boxes, pylons for cables, rubbish bins, road signs……..
There is in fact so much going on that my taxi driver back to Fairy-Hangy airport was distracted enough not to see that the traffic in front had stopped. He hit the brakes on his Skoda very hard and just managed to skid to a stop before tail-ending the guy in front. Unfortunately, the lady in the car behind was not so fast on the brakes and slammed straight into the back on my taxi with a pretty loud thud! Thinking that was the end of my flight I sat in the back waiting for the formalities and was amazed when 2 minutes later he got back in and off we went. Looks like these things are easier in Hungary than they are here. I can attest that Skoda’s have very tough, or very rubbery, rear bumpers because apart from the odd scratch the guys taxi was unharmed!
What has not changed in Budapest is the slow deterioration of the city by the effects of weathering and zero maintenance to the façades. Here’s the building opposite our office, red circles showing the extent of the damage. Not the worst example of its kind by any means, just the nearest to me at the time.
There is something just as strange about façades in Budapest as there is about roads in Warsaw. They are both in a ruinous state and nothing seems to get done to fix them. I’m sure both are blamed on the weather.
Pictures taken with the Canon G9.