Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Philharmoniker Ball & Risiko:Dialog

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Tja, die Arbeit lässt mich nicht reisen :-( Und so wird’s sowohl mit dem schon lange erwarteten Ball der Wiener Philharmoniker und dem
Risiko:Dialog zur demografischen Entwicklungen und deren Folgen für Umwelt und Gesellschaft (beide am 24.Jan) nichts.

Äußerst schade, ich hatte gehofft endlich ein besseres Verständis für die Nachhaltigskeitsdebatte in Österreichisch entwickeln zu können. Mal sehen was sich dieses Jahr noch an Möglichkeiten ergeben…

Rumbach Synagogue, Budapest

Sunday, November 18th, 2007


Rumbach Sebestyén utca 11-13, Budapest, Hungary
google maps: look for greenish octagonal roof


Otto Wagner


1894 source
1869-1872 source


Otto Wagner Synagoge, Budapest, Ines Müller

Notable online resources

from > The Old Jewish Quarter

The Rumbach Sebestyén utca synagogue was built in 1872 for those who were too traddional to attend the Great Synagogue. The Rumbach Sebestyén utca synagogue has been cosed since 1944; what it will be used for in the future is unclear. Its owner, the Hungarian state, hopes to find a suitable buyer. One previous suggestion was to turn the building into a theatre. The Jewish community had hoped, with state funding, to open a Holocaust museum here, but the state has instead designated a synagogue on Páva utca (in far-away District IX) for that purpose. has a few photos and descripton though at the time it was still closed to the public.

Peruvian Chinese & chocolate

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

So we got adventurous tonight, after trying everything from traditional to funky “novo-andino” we’ve no ventured into new territory: Peruvian Chinese

Apartfrom receiving huge portions (I offered a prize for anyone who could finish their plate — two did and received a stomach ache) the food was pretty much Chinese. However, it was refreshing to get some vegetables which were al dente. Food was so quick that we were unable to finish our conversation comparing management styles in Africa, Asia and South America for small scale renewable energy projects.

After dinner (we were stuffed), I was convinced by Kathy to find her some chocolate to satisfy her craving: “I’ve been great ever since getting here, but now I need some chocolate!” Two chocolate cakes from different bakeries — both the ubiquitous sponge cake but quite good.