Budapest confused me in a way no other city has. I didn't know anything about the place, or the country. Airport arrivals was small and without grandeur and my taxi driver was pleasant enough with a good grasp of English.
Budapest makes a great destination for a long weekend with its many fine buildings, funky bars and excellent restaurants. I certainly recommend a long soak in one of the many thermal baths after a hard night on the tiles.
A hunger strike sparked by one blurred face on national television has captured the wave of discontent spreading across Hungary, a country in the heart of Europe but far from the minds of its neighbours.