Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Freedom in Exile

Basta with the poor-me routine!! It's a bunch of rubbish! I've never felt so happy and strong in my entire life! Only a couple days ago did I notice that the title of the book I'm reading is something that describes my own state of affairs: Freedom in Exile. I am not comparing my recent experiences to that of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but I have been exiled, and I am consequently enjoying a feeling of freedom. According to the Lord Buddha and the yoga sutras, you should welcome a so-called enemy, because he can potentially fortify you. Encountering an enemy is an opportunity to strengthen. And right about now I feel myself a powerhouse.

So, turning my focus back to the subject of this bloggy, Budapest, here are some of my favorite shops:

1. Feyerzsuzsa on Kiraly Pal utca. This shop sells handbags and little silk whats-its all designed by a local gal. Fun fabrics and colors and ingenious designs. One style features two handbags that snap together, depending on how much stuff you're going to be toting.

2. Red Bus Bookstore on Semmelweis utca 14. This tiny shop on probably my favorite street in Bp sells second-hand English books. There's loads of rubbish, but an ample "classics" section insures you'll find something worth your 450 forints or so. I recently bought Cheri by Colette and a book by Jean Rhys, also set in Paris.

3. Magma on Petöfi Sandar utca 11. This store sells the work of local artists and artisans. Ceramics, bedding, clothes, handbags, and jewelry. I love these kinds of stores! Why would you want some bland Louis Vuitton bag that the whole world has when you could have a one-of-a-kind bag that reminds you of a fabulous city?

4. Vasseva on Paulay Ede utca near Liszt Ferenc terrace. Hungarian designer Eva's shop features her flowing designs in sumptuous fabrics. She will also design something specifically for you (clothing or home design). I got a long straight skirt in a light-mauve linen. It has a zipper down the back that Eva has made into a design-feature, as it is framed in a white cotton.

Hmmm,...it seems that I have something that HE needs,...do I use it as a bargaining chip to get the rest of my stuff back, or do I not even bother? It's very very tempting to make things difficult for him, but I could have done that at any point, in much more devastating and creative ways. It just strikes me that he's not even worth it. I don't even like to waste my thoughts on him. Much better to use that energy and inspiration to cast him as the villain in my novel.

25 Comments:

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Ashbloem said...

Perhaps a cursory "I'm happy to return it; maybe you would be so kind as to...?"

You know, but not expecting anything.

I don't know. I think you are right. Not worth the effort. You sound like you are in a good place!

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Indeterminacy said...

What's this about a novel? Can I take that literally? There will be a novel? This is something fabulous to look forward to!

Also, your haunts in Budapest sound like lovely places, just the type of locations an intelligent and feeling person like you would have found.

As for the bargaining chip you have. Perhaps it will shame him into returning your things if you just give it to him. If not, it's a wonderful opportunity for him to embarrass himself further in front of you. That alone would probably be worth it.

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Vándorló said...

What ever it is you have that he wants, just get rid of it. Either give it to him or destroy it. The detritus of bad relationships is poison, just its presence keeps the events and memories from gaining their proper place in the past. I wouldn't bargain for anything, it's degrading and still provides an opportunity for power plays or more harm on either side. Put the past in the past.

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Vándorló said...

Thinking about your post you reminded me of another Hungarian poem by Rakovszky Zsuzsa - one of my favourites:

"Argument and counter-argument,
It's a black and white logic
of blackmail and distortion,
only I must decide:
to everything yes, or the whole lot no." (from Feher-Fekete - apologies for the translation).

 
At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

small correction: 1. Feyerzuzsa is on Kiralyi Pal Utca. Not to be mistaken for Kiraly Utca. Karch Karaly is such the fixture in American minds.

 
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