FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

10 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

01

PLANTS

I love plants so much that I name each and every one of them. Kermit, The Grinch, Cousin Itt, Pablo and Paloma Picasso or Bob Marley... the list goes on. They teach me patience, how growth takes time and that everyone grows at their own pace. I am gently reminded of that whenever I water them. What else do they teach me? That working consistently towards a goal will definitely have a result. Sooner or later, but it will. 

02

DRUMS

I have an electronic drum kit at home which I use with headphones, which obviously qualifies me for Neighbour of the Year Award.

03

NUTELLA

Ah yes... Nutella. Huge confession coming up: I eat it with a spoon. No bread in sight.

04

BOOKS

When I was a child, books were my best friends. I always found myself in another country by the time I made real friends, so books were the ones who never left and always kept me company. My favourite places to read are the attic, anywhere where I am above the city, in a window or a hammock between some gorgeous trees and if I still had my grandmother's rocking chair, then definitely there too.

05

HAMMOCK

As soon as the weather is warm enough, I look for a quiet spot in nature with two trees at an ideal distance and up goes the hammock, with me in it and a book. Everything looks amazing when you have your face towards the sky - the way light bleeds through leaves, the way clouds are puffed away by the wind or how flocks of birds swim in the air. 

06

FANTA

This was my "grown-up drink" as a child. It was reserved for special occasions and even then, I was only allowed a tiny glassful. It still makes me smile when I taste the drink now, as an adult. And it reminds me of my sweet grandmother who always kept a bottle in the fridge for me whenever I stayed with her in the summer months. Friends who know me well and keep Fanta at home always make me feel like a VIP guest. It's a tiny gesture, but oh my goodness, what a difference it makes! What the heck, if you're reading this, here's a biiig THANK YOU for that!

07

TILES AND SPIRAL STAIRCASES

When I moved to Vienna in 2012, I was facing the same problem as I had many times before. I didn't know anyone and I was all by myself. Not having people around me, I decided to make Vienna my friend. I met her every night and we slowly got to know each other on my long walks. She was very generous and led me to amazing old buildings with gorgeous spiral staircases and tiles. This is how my love for them began. From then on, it was always an adventure - finding new ones and taking photos of them. 

08

SKATEBOARDING

I learned to ride a skateboard before learning to ride a bike. I especially loved skateboarding after the rain, dashing through puddles. I still have one to remind me of those fun times and what being a kid felt like.

09

PHOTOGRAPHY  

I‘m also a photographer. I enjoy taking product photos, portrait shots, capturing buildings and architectural details. Looking for symmetry calms me when I shoot in the city. For more information about my work in this field, feel free to visit my photography website www.ishoot-youscore.com.

10

LANGUAGES AND WORDS

Hungarian, English, German, Japanese and hopefully more to come. I still have Italian and French on my "to-learn" list. Why do I enjoy languages so much? For me, it's all about the connections and links my brain makes. As a teacher of English in Hungary, I always put great emphasis on helping my students learn this way. Always giving them an anchor. An elegant walking stick with a silver detail. Just in case they needed that little extra support to express themselves.

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