a late arrival in budapest can sometimes begin with palinka and end with burgundy. the next morning, some of us awoke slightly the worse for wear. fortunately, we were not due in szekszárd for many hours. palinka is a highly alcoholic substance that should be consumed with discretion.
szekszárd is one of hungary's key wine regions. each year there is a fair featuring folklorical cultural activities including traditional dancing, customary hats and costumes, historical snack foods, and the sale and consumption of local beverages. due to the heat and humidity, hydration was our highest priority.
we closely observed local cultural practices and attempted—with some success—to penetrate the hermeneutic circle.
several hours later, we had somehow accumulated many empty beverage bottles.
the next morning, some of us awoke slightly the worse for wear. the hallways of our lodgings were decorated with the product of one woman's decade-long engagement with artistic practice. her work was informed by many genres of world art.
after the previous day, a calming itinerary seemed advisable. one that involved as little movement as possible. we went for coffee, fröccs, and peppers. and we met bob the dog.
then we visited the old family winery with its mould-covered fermentation cellar and olde tyme ornaments.
a brief stop in the family vineyard and orchard, then on to bean soup at a roadhouse prominently displaying the universal symbol for ice cream. an extremely sedate and calming day.
but after a post-prandial nap, old patterns reasserted themselves.
the next morning, some of us awoke slightly the worse for wear. fortunately, we were not due in budapest for many hours.