Robert's Thoughts

The Phantom

July 30, 2020

Like most middle-class parents living in Budapest, the second largest city in the late Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, they realized that, for their children to have a better than...

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Mosquitos and other Critters

June 30, 2020

Photo: Governors Harbour Grand Cayman (in the 80’s)    People used to refer to the Cayman Island as ‘the islands that time forgot’. No wonder. Their isolation was such...

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Schlag in the Time of Cholera

May 29, 2020

Schlag in German is short for SCHLAGSAHNE, in English: whipped cream. I love it! Especially when it is served with a slice of ‘Sachertorte’, my favorite dessert. On the...

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Panem Nostrum

April 29, 2020

Panem Nostrum (Give us this day our daily bread…) Susan and I live in a comfortable, well-run condominium apartment building that is cared for by a superbly efficient...

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The Seven Steps Bookstore

March 31, 2020

Montreal now has over 1,000 kilometers of cycling paths in the greater urban area (some winding through beautiful venues) and has become one of the world’s most bike-crazed big...

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Going to The Movies December 1945

February 28, 2020

World War Two is over and Budapest is slowly emerging from its Twilight Zone, but marauding Red Army soldiers still roam the streets and, at times unexpectedly, collect fit...

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Embers

January 30, 2020

When I crawled out of bed this morning the outside thermometer indicated FORTY degrees BELOW zero Celsius and the temperature inside my cottage was also low – a threatening...

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What If… ?

December 28, 2019

It was one of those depressing Montreal November mornings … damp, chilly, unfriendly. My windows were fogged over and dripping with condensation and ‘Je ne me sentais pas...

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Budapest Coffee Houses

November 30, 2019

“The secret to success is hospitality,” said the tall, attractive woman wearing a black felt hat with an enormously large, undulating rim. “What a pity everyone texts and...

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Cyprus – A Bizarre Place

October 31, 2019

For some mysterious reason I have this fantasy that, expecting a presidential victory by the Donald, Vladimir Putin has arranged to have sway over Trump through some of his...

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