Cristian Daniel

June 3, 2014

Name:  Cristian Daniel

Title/Position: PhD/Project Manager-Academic Coordinator, Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Number of years at CEU: 10

Home city/town & country: Targu Mures, Romania

What’s your favorite Hungarian food?

Szeged fish soup

Whose works of art or design have had the greatest impression on you?

Art Nouveau in general (especially Mucha and Klimt); Byzantine religious art (especially mosaic); 17th-century Dutch painters

What’s your favorite language, whether you speak it or not?

Romance languages and their many dialects

What’s your hidden skill or talent?

Singing Byzantine chants (the Transylvanian variant)

What’s your favorite quote or idiom?

“For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” (Ecclesiastes 1:18)

What do you like to do best on Sundays?

No Sunday should resemble the other.

Which is your favorite building, park, museum, or public spot in Budapest?

Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities I have seen. Margitsziget is a place I often go, as well as the citadel of Buda. For meeting friends I prefer downtown Pest (Gozsdu Passage).

What’s your guilty pleasure?

A good Cuban cigar.

What is your favorite or most visited website or blog?

In the past couple of years I became very interested in the progress of Romanian road infrastructure so I often visit www.130km.ro

Name one adventure you’d like to have.

Sailing around the world.