On my way to practise I stopped at Tesco Express at Kálvin tér. It was quite busy so I ended up in a long line to the single open register. We moved forward occasionally and finally it brought me into the sunlight beaming through the glass entrance.
A middle aged woman in a red jacket, long brown hair and AirPods caught my attention. She was standing at the packing table right inside the entrance and slowly reached for something inside her backback. And brought out….
a cork screw….
Now she had my full attention! From the blue shopping basket, in full view of the security guard, people entering the store, browsing the store and some of us in the line, she takes out a bottle of freshly purchased rosé. From this moment she uses very precise, very organised movements. This is combination with her posture during the next minute was, at least by me, perceived as pure routine.
She removed the protective casing from the bottle, put the cork screw in the right position, without any hesitation makes three or four sift movements penetrating the cork, then she gently pushes the levers and removes the cork. All of this is executed in one flowing movement. She puts the cork screw in the back pack and brings out a plastic bottle, fills it, caps it and puts it back in the back pack, brings out the second bottle and repeats the routine. She takes the protective casing and puts it inside the empty wine bottle, removes the cork from the cork screw and puts the cork in the wine bottle. She places the wine bottle on the shelf under the packing table, takes two sips of the rosé from one of the plastic bottles before she puts it back and closes the backpack. She carefully puts the back pack in place and walks out on a beam of sunlight.
My first city stroll of the week originated from the Chain bridge and stretched to Petöfi bridge. My plan was to follow the second nearest streets of the embankment. So basically I walked from the Chain bridge-Fővám tér-Lónyay utca-Boráros tér. Some memorable things on the 3,5 km walk. Nice weather and I had to put my jacket in my back pack after a while. At the beginning I saw a escavator inside a building! I never seen that before. Walking along I reached Fővám tér and the Great market hall. A guy was playing electric guitar with an amplifier. I sat down on a bench because the music intrigued me. I recognised it but could figure out what it was. And suddenly it came to me. In was Pink Floyd Wish you were here. Haven’t listened to that in 30 years I think. I continued into the 9th district. After a quick presso at a kavezo I ended up looking at the building you see in the picture. This is on Lónyay utca 26 in the middle of the 9th district.
There are some mysteries present here. There is a big chain and padlock which looked fairly new . There is a satellite dish outside one of the windows which doesn’t look torn by either weather or emissions. On the roof there are new ventilation pipes. The names on the inter com are still clearly visible and neatly printed. The inner garden is not kept and as you can see no one has tidied the hall way for quite some time. I took the photo through one of the holes in the gate made for the chain.
Satellite picture from Google maps reveals there are actually two green courtyards but there seems to be only one entrance. Or is there is a connection between the building next to it (which is in good shape with residents)? This remains a delicate mystery! The building is from 1941 and designed by Rumszauer György.
Monday evening was spent at a wonderful concert at Erkel house in District 8. The Erkel Theatre opened its gates as the Peoples’ Opera on 7 December 1911 and has been the Hungarian State Opera’s second performance venue since 1951. It’s an ugly building. But the music was great! They present a very interesting programme until next summer at 70 occasions with around 300 different opera- and ballet performances. Music of Mozart opened the evening as a great contrast to Alexander Rybnikov‘s Symphony No. 6 (“Tenebrosa”) with the Russian premier in 2008. Apart from a huge catalogue of orchestral music Rybnikov has also composed a lot of very attractive film music. The symphony of Rybnikov was a mesmerising and intense experience! Very much up my alley! And as it happened the composer himself was present! And he was sitting 5 meters in front of me!!!!! Almost star struck!!!
Until next week!