I've really fallen in love with Budapest. I know I was whining in my last entry but I've made an effort the last few days to do what I originally set out to do with my trip, that is to live my life in another country. By this I mean I've taken time to chill out, sleep in, design, wander the neighbourhood, laugh with girlfriends, drink coffee and eat good food rather than bustle around from place to place. I'm staying in the Jewish quarter of Pest, which is an amazing neighbourhood full of cafes, bars, cheap food and independent shops. It feels good to be here and there is still much to explore. So, for now, I think I might stay awhile.
While out and about today I came past Printa, a design shop, gallery, silkscreen studio and café just down the street from where I'm staying. Their coffee is some of the best I've had and the space is incredibly inspiring for getting work done. I ended up staying for way longer than intended, making me late for a coffee date down the street, but it was totally worth it. I bought their limited edition Printa's Pest map, pictured below. It highlights some of their favourite spots in the city and is a beautiful example of their silkscreening. It also came with four postcards, which I have been doing so well with lately! It's such a cool project to share your city and it got me thinking of how I could do the same for Calgary when I return in the summer.
Looking forward to a bit more time to check out some of Printa's recommendations and for returning for a few more coffees at this beautiful shop.