It's that time of year again! A mere 24 days until Christmas, as I'm writing this on the last morning in November. In a cafe... in Riga. But but but, I hear you say... the heading says Budapest...? Indeed it does. And yet, here I [...]
Few things enchant me more than libraries. I've often thought I'd like to sleep over in one, especially in a delightfully dusty, old library. Sneak in around closing time, say, then hide until everyone is gone and stay overnight. Sleeping bag, head lamp and a [...]
At the border between Austria and Hungary you'll find a lake with tall reeds and soil excellent for wine growing. That's Neusiedlersee. Or Fertő tó, depending on which side of the border you're on. Austrian wine growing country with Neusiedlersee on the horizon As both [...]
On Vörösmarty Square in Pest, Gerbeaud has been around since 1858. Some say it's touristy and over-priced. Me, I adore the atmosphere of another era in this Budapest cafe: high ceilings with plaster rosettes and crystal chandeliers, silk wall papers, solid brass-footed tables, and heavy velvet [...]
Here, better late than never, is our monthly Instagram feature. As usual, I've linked to the photo on Instagram in the numbers. No less than five World Heritage sites are included this month, so let's get on with it. Here are the 11 most popular 'grams on Sophie's World [...]
Recently, a friend of mine was on a plane hit by lightning. Seemed scary enough, but the pilot had quickly explained very calmly that it was nothing to worry about. A bit later the plane landed safely. Most of my stories of flying have been [...]
Could have been practically jacket-less in Oslo this morning, while Budapest was freezing cold. Not crisp and fresh, but seriously freezing.