I am not a native of Budapest.
Maybe this helps me look at the treasures of Budapest in a different way, and prevents me from passing by its hidden beauties automatically. I let them influence me, I try to imagine those historical moments that made the square, the street, the house or the church known.
As a teacher of history I think that history is not made up of school books, but should build on sensual experiences – on buildings that we can observe, on dramatic or comic stories that we hear. Budapest has a way of telling us about herself, if we have the curiosity to listen well.
As a professional guide, I am eager to ask the city questions every day.
And she responds.
In my childhood, we visited a lot of times my relatives in Germany, and travelling became soon one of my passions. After moving to Budapest – where I continued my studies – and starting to get to know the city better, I was enthusiastic about showing friends and relatives around or getting foreigners acquainted with the Hungarian culture and traditions. Eventually, it occurred to me that I should become a tour guide.
In Budapest, you constantly come across hidden statues, interesting monuments or famous buildings. You immediately become fascinated by the variety of architectural styles and a wide range of different programmes and facilities. As a tour guide, I would like to help people discover the unknown values and treasures of Budapest.
As a grassroot citizen of Budapest, there has always been inside of me deep and open curiosity regarding the mysterious and inconceivable side of the city. Since I know about myself, I have always had an interest for the arts. I didn’t want to create, but studying and sharing with others the knowledge. This is the reason why I became an art historian, and according to my personality, I preferred much more suitable the Hungarian Interwar Arts. I love the smiling humour of Gyula Kabos, and the prosaic novels about the Horthy–era society of Dezső Szomory. The fashion, the music, life-way, the middle-class sense of taste of Thirties, have that through the guiding tours I can discover these secrets.