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a bit about Julcsi
What are you working on these days?
I am currently working as the CEO of the Haver Foundation, an informal educational foundation in Budapest. Besides, I’m the mother of a 4 year old girl, Janka. These two activities add up to nearly my entire time these days.
What drives you mad these days?
A day is only 24 hours long and it just doesn’t seem enough to finish everything I need to. Apart from doing my job right, I’d like to play with my daughter, do some sports, watch movies and have some rest, but that just never seems to fit in a 24 hours long day…
What makes you happy?
Travelling with my family, as a number one.
When was the last time you cried?
A couple of weeks ago, after a long and tiring day.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
I saw Brooklyn in the movies last time. Although it’s not among the greatest films, I liked it very much. It even made me cry at some point.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
I have a couple of favorite tiny boutiques in the neighborhood. I always check those before moving on to the shops of mainstream brands.
What’s your go-to café in Budapest?
Café Panini, which is no more than a hundred meters from home. I’m going to be totally honest, it’s nothing special, but it offers quality breakfast and a cozy atmosphere.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?
Pozsonyi út, which is no detour really, I’m lucky to live next to it.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Budapest but never actually do?
I love riding my bike, but I almost never actually do. I’m not confident enough to carry my daughter around and this leaves few opportunities to ride, at least during the daytime.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
To the movies, definitely. I’d also have a glass of wine afterwards with my friends.
What’s that place in Budapest you feel like only you know about?
That tiny square comes to my mind on the corner of Dessewffy street and Hajós street that doesn’t even have a name, only a tiny fountain and a tiny terrace called Le Petit Bistrot.
If tomorrow was your last day in Budapest before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
No matter where, I’d gather my family, which is a large one to say farewell to them. It might be picnic in Szent István park, might be lunch at Remiz. And then in the evening I’d gather my friends in Kőleves Kert, Kertem, or any other bar in the city.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
I’ve been living in the Újlipótváros district for the past decade among many of my friends and family. We usually refer to it as the village, as you bump into friends on every second corner, so sometimes it takes an eternity to get home. I love the area, but of course I’m full of ideas how to make it an even better place to live.
What’s the spot in Budapest you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
Definitely not in a mall or a posh restaurant, or any event with a dress code.
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
Depends on the news of course. I’d have dinner and wine in the M. restaurant in Kertész utca with my husband or have a drink with my friends in the old Jewish quarter.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Travelling. During the summer I take every opportunity to leave the city, spending as many weekends near lake Balaton or in any other part of the country. Getting abroad at least once in a year is also a must for me. Besides travelling I love hanging out with my friends.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
The obvious choice is the inner part of the 7th district, the old Jewish quarter, that’s lately become the place to go to. Literally hundreds of bars, pubs and gardens have popped up there in the past couple of years, not even us locals could keep up with the pace.