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The Best Things to Do in Budapest

Now that I spend so much time in Budapest I get a lot of requests for things to do there. I'm not always the best at replying quickly, so I figured I'd write a blog post with an exhaustive list of all of my favorite places.

If you're not going to Budapest, you might think this list doesn't apply to you. But Budapest is the Best Place in Europe, so you should read it to understand why, and book a trip there!

Around half of these recommendations came from my friend Mark Webster, a friend-of-a-friend I was introduced to when I came to Budapest this summer. He gave me a big list of places to go and 90% of them became my favorites.

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Lion King and books

On Mike Dariano

Life has been busy around our house lately. For the past two weeks we’ve seen a slew of family members and then Saturday, when most of them were gone, we trekked to Cleveland Ohio to watch Disney’s The Lion King and it was awesome.

Earlier in the week I was talking to my sister-in-law and we were sharing what our favorite live performances were, hers concerts, mine musicals. That I would ever come to this would have surprised my adolescent self but I do love them. The entire show is a collection of efforts that are so synchronized and detailed that I get a lot of pleasure from understanding that so much work went into creating the thing I’m watching. Venues must be booked, travel arranged, and tickets sold. Dances must be put to music, music must be practiced, and scenes constructed. Musicals are a wonderful demonstration of synergy and The Lion King was no exception. It was the best stage show I have ever seen. Everything about it was wonderful and I would go again though Book of Mormon in Columbus tops my list for next year.

In addition to being busy with family, my book of essays about parenting and life has hit 23,000+ words in the first draft. I wrote for 22 straight days before faltering over the weekend but am absolutely thrilled at how it’s turned out so far. You can read my thoughts about writing it since June 26th.

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