Title/Position: Vice President for External Relations
Number of years at CEU: 19
Home city/town & country: Toronto, Canada. But London and Hong Kong were lengthy and memorable periods of residence and work.
What’s your favorite Hungarian food?
The red and blue berries of summer.
Whose works of art or design have had the greatest impression on you?
Light and/or color: Alfred Sisley and Gauguin, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, the Canadian Group of Seven. David Hockney.
What’s your favorite language, whether you speak it or not?
For the sheer beautiful sound of it, Italian. Studied it in Florence once but was really only good at gesticulating lavishly.
What’s your hidden skill or talent?
As a child I painted porcelain (my convent school had a dusty stock of pre-WW1 plain white Limoges china so I was enchanted): did a tea set with cornflowers for my grandmother once.
What’s your favorite quote or idiom?
Several from the "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot. Read this aloud for exquisite rhythm:
"In the room the women come and go/Talking of Michelangelo"
What do you like to do best on Sundays?
Without the English Sunday papers it can never achieve the same heights, but any variation of a walk in the park, brunch with friends, or trying to catch up via FaceTime with close friends scattered everywhere. And starting in on a new book. (Oh, and I used to shop for groceries on Sundays, often the only time possible in my schedule.)
Which is your favorite building, park, museum, or public spot in Budapest?
The walk from Szent Istvan park to Nador utca 9. I always find something interesting: an enticing new dust jacket in a bookstore display along Pozsonyi ut or a pretty secession vase in an antique shop window in Falk Miksa utca, or posters for a new exhibition in the Museum of Ethnography....
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I re-read a Jane Austen once a year or so. P.S. Wine is not a passion, but I like mellow reds. With little tannin.
What is your favorite or most visited website or blog?
I go on a number of news sites: Hungarian, American, Canadian and British. Daily, systematically.
Name one adventure you’d like to have:
Long haul train journey to an exotic destination. (Did the first overland from London to Hong Kong 30-some years ago. It's a great way to travel.)