Trip to Budapest: Visiting Frida Kahlo exhibition, exploring the city and eating delicious food #FridaKahlo #Budapest #Travelling #Food

This October me and my colleague and a friend Monika spent a weekend in the magical city called Budapest.
This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and to me it is the most beautiful city I have ever visited.

Our main reason for this trip was Frida Kahlo exhibition (which was impressive to say the least), but we also wanted to explore the city, eat some Hungarian food and just have good time.

Most pictures from this post were taken by Monika Hranj.

Day 1

We travelled with an agency, and took us less then 5 hours with bus to reach Budapest.
First thing we visited was Citadella. You can see the whole city from there (and the first pic from this post is taken there, and it was taken by me so excuse my lack of talent).
Everything we saw there was so mind blowing.

  

After that we went to explore the city and their main street called Vaci.
I remember it being my favorite part of Budapest, back when I visited this place for the very first time. Since I was there the first time around Christmas time, the whole street smelled of food and mulled wine, but this time around that wasn’t the case.
It was still beautiful, and while exploring we stumbled upon Starbucks (that was located in some other street that I don’t know the name of).
It was a big deal for us since we don’t have Starbucks in Zagreb.
For the first time ever I tried Pumpkin Spice Latte (it was my desire to try it for the longest time), and I ate the most delicious apple pie ever.

In the evening, after some relaxation in our 4 stars hotel, we took a cruise trip on the Danube river.
It was nice and relaxing and some buildings and views took my breath away.
We drank champange, because that is the ritual.

 

After the cruise trip we went to have a dinner.
We located one beautiful magyar restaurant with authentic food.
Hungarian food is pretty similar to croatian, and we were pretty satisfied with taste and portions.

 

After the dinner, we decided to walk through the city and then went into our hotel.

 

Day 2

Day two was the day of the exhibition, but before that, we went to Heroe’s Square.
I don’t think pictures can ever prepare you for the magnificentness of that place and sculptures that are there.

 

We had some free time before the exhibition so we decided to try magyar cremeschnitte. There was no place to sit in the cake-shop, so we ate it from the paper plates.
Magyar cremeschnitte is unique and (allegedly) different from every cremeschnitte all over the world.

As we walked to Hungarian National Gallery, where the exhibition took place, Monika took this photo. We named it “Looking in the eyes of death”:

The exhibition was stunning. It was so spectacular, impressive and breathtaking.
Frida had a hard life, and she transferred her pain into her work. We noticed it all and the feeling I had while I was there is hard to describe with simple words.
All I’ll say is that I will remember it for a long, long time.

 

 

After the exhibition, it was time to go home.
On our way back to Zagreb, we had a quick excursion to Balaton Lake where we also ate dinner.
Sadly, because we were too tired or too hungry, we forgot to take a picture of the main course, but only took a picture of the soup, which was mouth-watering.

 

 

Overall,

I loved being in Budapest. I love that city. I could easily imagine myself living there, but the main problem in reaching that goal would be to learn the language.
But hey, you never know where life can take you, and what you are capable of doing, until you are there.

I think visiting Budapest this year was one of the best decisions I made. I liked hanging out with Monika and I think this trip brought us closer.

It also sparked my passion for travel and reminded me how good it is just to get away from your routine and explore something new.

If you’ve never visited Budapest I highly encourage you to do so, because it is one breath-taking place to see.

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Book Review: The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes #BookReview #TheStormRunner #Mythology #MiddleGrade

Title: The Storm Runner
Author: J.C. Cervantes
Series: The Storm Runner (#1)
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents, Dysney Hyperion
Date: September 18th, 2018
Pages: 448
Format: Hardback
Source: from Publisher for a review

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy.

A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in — unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?

Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.

Review:

I was never Miss-Know-It-All when it comes to mythology.
I barely know basics about Greek mythology, know even less about Scandinavian one, and when it comes to Maya, before I came across this book, I had no idea it even exists.

Here is what come books for, to make us learn, end even though I can’t say that I am an expert in Maya mythology after finishing The Storm Runner, I can say that I know at least little about it.

The Storm Runner is a middle grade fantasy book that follows a 13 years old boy Zane. Along with Zane, readers can discover gods, creatures and legends that are part of Maya mythology.

This is own voices novel because the author’s origin, and it also represents diversity because our main character is Hispanic, and he is also disabled person (one of his legs is smaller then the other one).

The story is written in first person, from Zane’s POV.

I loved following Zane through the story, he was really interesting and had good sense of humour. I even laughed out loud couple of times, despite this not being a comedy.

Discovering ancient Maya gods and legends was exciting, even though the names (as they are so much different from my native language) often made me confused, and I would forget who was who in a very short time.
However, because the author did a good job in bringing us a story, it was easy to keep up.

The characters of the book were fascinating and I can see them being someone’s favorite characters. I surely liked them, especially Zane.

I can also easily imagine The Storm Runner being turned into movie or tv show.

I’ve read some reviews for this novels that compare it to Percy Jackson saying it is very similar to it. Since I haven’t read that series yet, I can’t tell you if that is the case, but I can tell you that the atmosphere in the book did remind me of the second Percy Jackson movie (and I love those movies, in case you didn’t know (and yes, I know it’s an unpopular opinion)).

I would recommend this book to fans of middle grade and young adult fantasy, but also to everyone who’d like to read a story that talks about Maya mythology.
Since this is a middle grade book, it will be easy to follow to everyone who know nothing about it.

Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up November 5th-November 11th) #SundayPost #WrapUp #BookBloggers

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This meme was created for bloggers to spotlight posts they published in the week, as well as to talk about what they plan to write in the week that’s coming.

Sunday post is also great opportunity to showcase books we got in the week behind us.

Hi Guys!

What’s up? So the HoHoHo Readathon started, and even though I’ve been busy, I managed to finish one book and now I’m on my second.

To be fair, in order to manage that, I neglected other parts of my life, and what I plan to do today is just keep up with everything. There are emails I have to reply to, comment back to everyone and also visit other blogs.
I feel like I am behind with everything, but I promised myself today that I will make up for everything.
Good thing it’s a Sunday.

And when we talk about Sundays, I found out I’ll be working next Sunday (I’ll work at Book Festival Interliber) so that means my last productive reading day will be on Saturday.
I mean, I’ll try to read as much as I can on Sunday, but me being realistic, I already know I won’t read near as much as I’d like to.

I probably won’t participate in the HoHoHo chat either. :/

But to end this post on a positive note, I am really looking forward to visit all of your blogs today and to read, read, read festive stories. 🙂

 

Last Week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I talked about my HoHoHo Readathon goals and TBR

Wednesday: I reviewed One Day in December by Josie Silver

Friday: I hosted Beautiful Covers Challenge with Giveaway

 

Next Week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

 

I will also talk about my trip to Budapest.

Book Haul:

 I was so happy when I got an email that I was approved via Netgalley for Not Just For Christmas by Natalie Cox. I already finished it and can tell you that it was amazing!

 Yesterday I received this physical proof of Past Life by Dominic Nolan. It comes out in March 2019.

Currently Reading:

 I started this romance by Sarah Morgan yesterday and I’m loving it so far. It reads pretty fast, which is also a plus.

 

That is it!
Let me know what’s been going on with you, what you’ve been reading or watching this week and feel free to leave your links so I can visit you.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Beautiful Covers Challenge giveaway: HoHoHo Readathon #HoHoHoRAT #Christmas #Giveaway #Readathon

Hi guys!

Welcome to Beautiful Covers Challenge.

I hope you are all excited about HoHoHo Readathon and to keep the excitement going I am happy to host Beautiful Covers challenge.
We will keep things quick and simple here, so you wouldn’t waste too much of your precious time and can read instead.

Beautiful Covers Challenge encourages you to show us beautiful festive book covers you admire.
You can take a picture of the book any time during the readathon, and post it on your blog, twitter or instagram.
Picture has to be taken by you, and not just taken from Goodreads or other site.
You don’t have to own the book, you can take a pic with beautiful cover on you phone or tablet, or even on computer. You can be creative as you like.

After you post a picture, leave a comment down bellow with the link (so I, and anyone else who wants can see it), and your linky number from this post here: sign up post.

After that, use the refflecopter to enter.

YOU CAN ENTER HERE.

The prize for this challenge is ONE book of choice from TBD, up to 20$. It can also be a preorder. The Giveaway is international, but TBD has to ship to your country.

This challenge is for HoHoHo Readathon participants only, so if you still haven’t signed up, you can do it HERE.

My Picture:

 

On Monday 19th, I will post my HoHoHo Readathon Wrap Up and announce the winner in that post, as well as in the Refflecopter link.

Thank you so much for participating in Beautiful Covers challenge and I wish you all good luck during HoHoHo Readathon!

 

Visit other elves and their challenges here:

 

Book Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver #OneDayInDecember #BookReview #Christmas

Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Penguin
Date: October 18th, 2018
Pages: 417
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review

Synopsis (from Goodreads): A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

Review:

Warning: This book talks about love at first sight.

Pure and simple: I loved this book.

…and to be honest with you, it took me by surprise how much I loved it. It was a perfect book to read, with beautiful writing and fascinating story with feels that gave me shivers.

The story follows Laurie who, one day in December, sees a boy and falls in love. They didn’t talk, she knows nothing about him, but the chemistry and the connection they had by just looking at each other is too strong to forget.
She spends a year dreaming about that boy, trying to find him and believing they were made for each other.
One day, a year later, she happens to meet him, but as her best friend’s boyfriend.
Laurie keeps her secret with her because she doesn’t want to ruin her friendship with Sarah. However, erasing Jack from her heart is not an easy task.

Going into this book I thought it’ll be a quick, easy read. Boy, was I wrong!
I mean, reading this book was pure pleasure, but it was not a light read.
It talks about love, life and human relationships, and if you ask me, it stands somewhere on the edge between women’s fiction and general fiction.

We follow our characters during a decade and we see what they went through during that period of time.

This is pitched as a love story, and it is a love story, but it doesn’t talk only about romantic love.
It talks about different shapes of love: platonic love, love between lovers, friends, parents and children.

It also talks about grief, falling apart, life taking you different directions, marriage and human interactions.

The writing style is beautiful. Some scenes were so emotional and it takes talent to engage readers in a way Silver did.

The story is written in first person, following two POVs: Laurie’s and Jack’s.

The Christmas setting is captured excellently and the novel really gives you that festive vibe, even if the story itself doesn’t take time only during Christmas.

The only thing I wish for is an epilogue. I loved how the story ended, but I think with two, three pages more that talk about some time later it would be even better.

I loved this book so much more then I thought I would. It is now one of my favorite Christmas stories, if not even my favorite, and I would recommend it to everyone who believes (or want to believe) in love at first sight, likes to read about friendships and life twists and turns.

It’s a brilliant piece of fiction.

HoHoHo Readathon announcement, goals and TBR #HoHoHoRAT #Christmas #Bookbloggers #ReadAThon

Hi guys!

It’s that time of the year: time to enjoy some festive stories, discover new books and to keep up with the ones we still didn’t have a chance to read.

Wonderful Kimberly from Caffeinated Book Reviewer  is hosting HoHoHo Readathon for the Sixth time this year, and it will be my second time participating.

What make this readathon even more special to me is that I won’t only participate as a reader, but I will also be one of the elves this year.
That means I will host one challenge (Beautiful covers challenge) so make sure to sign up and participate in HoHoHo Readathon, because it will be so much fun, and you will have a chance to win some bookish prizes too!
All challenges and prizes will be international (as I understood).

Readathon starts on November 9th and ends on November 18th.
That means we have 9 days to read as many festive/winter books as possible!

My Goals 

I know I said I won’t push myself when it comes to number of books I read, but my aim is to read as many books possible, and to review all of them here on my blog.
Since I don’t have specific number of books I want to read (actually, I do want to read all of the books, but I’m keeping it realistic and I KNOW it is not possible), my goal is to read 150-200 pages per day, everyday during HoHoHo Readathon.
However, on busy days or if something unexpected happens I can read 100 pages, but everything less then 100 pages read per day I will consider as a failure.

My TBR

There are five physical books I chose to read this year (Christmas Ever After will be a reread, but I want to reread it so I can review it), but I have also requested three festive books via Netgalley and I hope I will be approved for at least one.
Keep your fingers crossed for me! 😉

 

Tell me what are your plans?
Will you be participating in HoHoHo readathon?
If yes, what are your goals? If you have a blog post about it, feel free to leave your link.

If you’re still not sure whether to participate or not, I encourage you to do. You can sign up here.

Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up October 29th-November 4th) #SundayPost #WrapUp #BookBloggers

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This meme was created for bloggers to spotlight posts they published in the week, as well as to talk about what they plan to write in the week that’s coming.

Sunday post is also great opportunity to showcase books we got in the week behind us.

Hi guys!

What an awesome week this has been!
I worked only through Monday to Wednesday, and the rest of the week we had off because of the All Saints’ Day.

I visited my parents (and my cats) in my hometown and it was pretty relaxing and fun.
It also got me into Christmas mood.
My cats all look good and healthy, only Trunchy is maybe a little too fat, so I told my parents to restrict her diet. We don’t want her to have a heart attack or some other problem.
I feel bad for not taking pictures, but I simply forgot. I was in the moment and taking pictures didn’t even cross my mind.

Today is my last relaxing day for a while.
I am aware that from tomorrow on it will be all work, work, work, work, work… Novembers are always like that.
It’s the last month before December, there is also a book festival we participate in, and I don’t think I will have a full free weekend tbh.

So today I decided to just be. I will write as many blog posts as I can, have a bath, read and watch a movie.
I need to charge my batteries for the upcoming days (read for the rest of the month).

 

Last week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: In Movie Monday I talked about Hereditary

Tuesday: I reviewed Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Wednesday: I reviewed Tainted Luck by Chyndia Austin

Friday: I talked about the books I read in October

 

Next Week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming review:

I will also talk about HoHoHo Readathon, and will host a challenge for the same bookish event.

Currently Reading:

 Today I plan to start The Storm Runner. It’s a middle grade fantasy that I received for a review few weeks ago.

 

That is it!
Let me know what’s been going on with you, what you’ve been reading or watching this week and feel free to leave your links so I can visit you.
Have a lovely Sunday!